It's easy to make assumptions and it's even easier to get roped into politically correct arguments.
Madison Paige was one of four main characters in Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain . For our part, she was a great character and one that seemed both realistic and compelling. But of course, there are some who will say she didn't need to be depicted in her underwear, and she didn't need to strip down in the club.
That was one of the topics Quantic Dream co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumiere discussed with Gamasutra during a recent interview. As far as he's concerned, Madison was both a "strong character" and a "nice role."
"She's a strong character, to me. The very first scene, she's fighting against, I think, three guys, if I remember well — it's in her nightmare, of course. She's quite clever. She is athletic. I think it's quite a nice role."
As for the scene that could potentially involve sexual violence (in the nightclub), that's always tricky for storytellers. Fondaumiere admits that it's a delicate topic but he adds that Quantic Dream isn't "endorsing it in any way." He reminds us that it ends badly for Paco (the club owner) and "at the end you felt proud of Madison."
In regards to the scene where Madison is fighting off intruders in her underwear (it's a dream), the co-CEO says simply- "She was basically in bed – you understanding me? She was basically in bed." And young women typically don't go to bed fully clothed. In the end, it was Quantic Dream's intention to create an authentic female character:
"We wanted to show, at the same time, that the character was strong but also fragile. Not because she's a woman, but that's the characterization of her. And I think she's a central character. If I compare it to other games, I think it's an interesting role for a female character."
Related Game(s): Heavy Rain