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Sex scandal played role in Al Lowe leaving Replay

Sex scandal played role in Al Lowe leaving Replay

Fri 13 Dec 2013 3:57pm GMT / 10:57am EST / 7:57am PST
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Larry creator left after Replay CEO Paul Trowe pleaded guilty to showing sex video to minor

The falling out between Leisure Suit Larry creator Al Lowe and Replay Games has taken another turn. According to Kotaku, Replay CEO Paul Trowe was in legal trouble earlier this year for showing a sex video to an underage girl.

Earlier this year, Trowe pleaded guilty in a Texas court to a misdemeanor count of displaying harmful material to a minor, the site said. The openly gay Trowe had a video of a sexual encounter between two men, and showed it to the 16-year-old girlfriend of one of the men in the video as evidence of his infidelity. Trowe said the girlfriend asked him to show her the video. He is now on two years' probation, and has agreed to attend sex offender counseling as part of the plea deal.

News of Lowe's return to retirement first arrived through Replay earlier this week. At the time, the studio portrayed it as an amicable split, and included quotes from Lowe saying his only motivation in leaving was to retire.

In the wake of the initial reports, Lowe told reporters those quotes were fabricated, the parting was not on good terms, and that he had "numerous reasons" for not renewing his employment agreement with Replay Games. Lowe has since confirmed for Kotaku that event was one of his reasons for parting ways with Replay. The studio retains the rights to the Leisure Suit Larry franchise, but Lowe said whatever use they made of it would not involve him.

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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O__o Yikes. That and erm... how old is that "man" with the 16-year old GF? Not to question the age of consent in Texas or anything... but... o______O... Eeek.

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Bjørn Jacobsen Audio Design, Io Interactive

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Obviously old enough to get a pretty serious sentence.

Posted:A year ago

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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator

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Greg I was wondering that....and Bjørn I think it's Trowe that got the sentence, not the girls boyfriend.

Posted:A year ago

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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My other, more serious theory on this I won't bring up here at all, as it involves too much speculation about that state and some ulterior motives on the part of prosecutors.

That and I don't even want to Google "Texas age of consent" because (tinfoil cap on) I'll probably get flagged by some government trap scheme setup deal and then GI will be running a story about me... ;^P

Posted:A year ago

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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany

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Showing a sexual video to an underage is indeed not ok, on the other side the minimum age of consent in Texas is 17 (since some of you were wondering that, just like me).

And sorry, I have to say it: the humiliation of going to a court and two years of probation for showing a sexual video to an underage girl... but that girl can still shot a high-caliber gun if a parent allows it. Maybe It's because I'm European but I'll never understand those priorities.

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Peter Ohlmann Technical Director

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"And sorry, I have to say it: the humiliation of going to a court and two years of probation for showing a sexual video to an underage girl... but that girl can still shot a high-caliber gun if a parent allows it. Maybe It's because I'm European but I'll never understand those priorities."

There's a simple reason: guns are protected by the constitution, porn is not.

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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@Peter: Wellll, that depends on one's definition of "porn", as even the law is nuts about what is and isn't:

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/pornography-obscenity

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