Dan Pinchbeck discusses disturbing scene cut from Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs
Gaming has seen it’s fair share of controversial sequences in recent times. From the apologetically sexist Gigolo missions in Killer Is Dead, to the stomach-turning torture scene in Grand Theft Auto V, there’s a heightened sense of awareness when it comes to some of the more questionable content as of late. In an interview with Kill Screen, Dan Pinchbeck of thechineseroom revealed a horrifically disturbing sequence that was cut from the final version of Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs that would’ve made the aforementioned controversies seem like daytime television.
Pinchbeck: There was a pig fucking a dead body. The problem was it just looked like the pig was raping someone. It started off fucking a female body, and actually it just looked like rape. So we switched it out for a male body, and it looked like gay rape. No better. We were trying to make a point of how animalistic the pigs were. But it didn’t add enough to justify the schlock.
Jessica Curry: We were lying in bed together and Dan tapped me on the shoulder and woke me up and went, “Pigs fucking human corpse.” I thought, “Who the fuck have I married!”
Pinchbeck: But you’ve got to push it too far to find out where that line is. If you tiptoe cautiously up, you’ll always fall short. That’s how you find something with a real edge.P
Safe to say it was probably smart that they cut that sequence, not in the name of censorship– but just because it would have just come off as forced. That is to say, trying too hard to be disturbing rather than actually being genuinely disturbing.