Ah, the verbal phenomenon that is former Epic man and Gears of War co-creator Cliff Bleszinski. In today's exciting episode, Bleszinski goes to town on Volition's Saints Row series, commenting that it could "give GTA a run for their money" providing it dispenses with certain... protuberances.
"If your average guy is embarrassed to be playing a sequence in a game when his wife walks in that's a bad sign," Bleszinski explains. "The SR team is amazing. Dildo holds them back. It's immature. Make an open world game that's more Michael Mann/HEAT/Collateral/Training Day.
"The SR team is one of the few that could actually give GTA a run for their money. BF didn't go after COD by putting dicks on their guns. Yes, I think the dildo is hilarious. (I also had a big dildo as a prop in our wedding's photo booth.) It doesn't help industry perceptions."
"Game mechanic wise I found SR3 to be more fun than many recent GTA games," the man recalls. "Controls, pacing, etc... are all great." However, "once you put a dildo in your game it doesn't matter if your controls, pacing, graphics are all great. You're 'that game with the dildo.'"
Hands up if you'd play a Battlefield game that has gun-mounted dicks. I would. I'd also hate Saints Row to lose its aptitude for the absurd. But that's just little old me, and I'm not the man behind Gears of War.
Reading this, Cliff? Let's you and I have an old-fashioned comments thread throwdown. Log can referee.