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Sex in Video Games?

Postby VideoGameCritic » December 21st, 2020, 4:01 pm

Although I haven't actually played it yet, I've read a few reviews of Cyberpunk 2077, and most tend to mention how heavy the game is on sexual content. Apparently you can customize your "junk" and hook up with people of various sexual preferences.

I don't know about you guys but this kind of stuff turns my stomach. It's bad enough we have unnecessary sexual content in movies and TV shows. I know there have been hookers in games like GTA, but that was always just played for laughs (rocking van for health). I think Cyberpunk actually takes this stuff more seriously like it's trying to make a statement or something. Or maybe they're just trying to seem edgy and push the envelope.

The fact that they dedicated so much effort to this sort of content and couldn't even deliver a working game strikes me as somewhat pathetic. Setting aside the fact that kids are going to play this (parents are clueless) I just think it's in bad taste.

What do you think? Do you want sex in your games?

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Re: Sex in Video Games?

Postby Jascott72 » December 21st, 2020, 4:07 pm

It is funny you should mention this critic. Because I was wondering why there are no "sex" video games. Perhaps there are some on PC somewhere? But as far as console games go the last time I have ever heard or seen a sex video game was the Atari 2600. Anyway I can't really say I want sex in video games. But we already have it in movies and TV. If it happens to be part of the game, well then it is part of the game.

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Re: Sex in Video Games?

Postby DrLitch » December 21st, 2020, 7:37 pm

I am no prude but I have absolutely zero interest in sex/sexuality in video games or movies for that matter. I thought graphical depictions were unnecessary in Last of Us II and Cyberpunk 2077 takes it to the next level. I would much prefer it, if necessary for the story, that the couple enter the room, the door shuts and you can use your imagination. Of course the bar is always pushed in mainstream, it is as if pornography must necessarily play out in mainstream. It wont be long before we see hardsports and other fetishes appearing on TV/Film. At the moment Steam is full of Soft Porn video games and many are deliberately funny. But there are one or two that are meant to be played with one hand leaving the other free.... different strokes for different folks but a real escort might be cheaper than purchasing pack on content for these games....

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Re: Sex in Video Games?

Postby Zack Burner » December 21st, 2020, 7:51 pm

Other than kissing, and a few implications/references, I feel uncomfortable with sex in video games, it just feels unnecessary. In games such as FF7 and Resident Evil 2 there were implied references and some kissing, which didn't bother me and felt necessary for the story (such as when Leon kisses the mortally wounded Ada, and the under the Highwind scene between Cloud and Tifa). Whereas some games such as the notorious Custer's Revenge, :shock: No way! And what about Conker's Bad Fur Day/Live and Reloaded, so sorry fans, but that just pushes the envelope, which is why I'm no fan of South Park as well. I can tolerate the subtlety of it, but going over the top? I don't think so.

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Re: Sex in Video Games?

Postby ThePixelatedGenocide » December 21st, 2020, 10:48 pm

I think the approach to sex and nudity is more punk than their ridiculous approach to crunch time and rushing out a defective product after lying to their customers.

Anyways, sex in games can be fun for couples who game together. And it's fine if it actually matters to the story - people can reveal hidden aspects of themselves when that kind of connection is being made...

But it's rare that it's anything more than "Look! Sex in a videogame!"

Anyways, sex and nudity has been a part of mainstream AAA gaming for several console generations now. It's too late to put that genie back in the bottle.

And we're living in a time when anyone who hits puberty knows how to access that kind of content. If anything, games have the ability to add way more context than pornography does. And maybe teach some gamers how to be more responsible, or avoid common mistakes...

Not that they will anytime soon. But sex is just one more aspect of the human condition. And creative people are going to explore it, same as they do in every other storytelling medium.

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Re: Sex in Video Games?

Postby goldenband » December 21st, 2020, 11:26 pm

I think sexual content in video games is fine if it's played for laughs or for overt titillation, or if it comes off in a campy way. The Atari 2600 porn games, the "sexy" CD-i and 3DO releases, strip poker and mahjong games on whatever system -- all of that is OK with me, or at least doesn't creep me out.

It's the in-between stuff, especially when sex shows up in an otherwise non-sexual game, that doesn't sit so well with me. It reminds me of when someone made up really precise rules for sex in Dungeons & Dragons, and I just...there's something so deeply pathetic about that, and yet at the same time so incomprehensible.

I guess it's kind of like the uncanny valley: go to one extreme with it or the other, but try to split the difference and be "serious", and things get creepy. Adventure games like Leather Goddesses of Phobos or Leisure Suit Larry were genuinely well-designed games that had strong sexual elements, but knew how to play their cards, i.e. with humor and a bit of understatement.

The thought of playing a game with "serious" sexual elements designed by a committee, whether it's made up of raunchy software bros or of the wokest of the woke, is just...ick. Give me the smuttiness of Dead or Alive any day over that; at least it's honest.

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Re: Sex in Video Games?

Postby djc » December 22nd, 2020, 12:24 am

This is a good topic. I think if done well, it serves to further the story. For example, the controversial rape scene in Phantasmagoria is still one of the more haunting things I have seen in a game.

Doing it just because you can though is tasteless and just a cheap gimmick. There were a series of what were supposed to be more risque games available on consoles such as the 3DO and CDi but while some were okay (Voyeur), others were just absolutely terrible (Plumbers Don't Wear Ties).

When GTA4 came out on PC, everyone made a big deal about the 'hot coffee' mod where you can take a women inside and have sex as part of a mini game. While interesting for sure, it did nothing for the main game.

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Re: Sex in Video Games?

Postby CaptainCruch » December 22nd, 2020, 10:12 am

Why doesn't anyone mention Leisure Suit Larry?

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Re: Sex in Video Games?

Postby goldenband » December 22nd, 2020, 12:29 pm

CaptainCruch wrote:Why doesn't anyone mention Leisure Suit Larry?

:?: :?: :?: :?: :?: It's only two posts before yours!

goldenband wrote:Adventure games like Leather Goddesses of Phobos or Leisure Suit Larry were genuinely well-designed games that had strong sexual elements, but knew how to play their cards, i.e. with humor and a bit of understatement.

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Re: Sex in Video Games?

Postby Shapur » December 23rd, 2020, 7:59 pm

Funny thing is Leisure Suit Larry is mostly raunchy innuendo. There’s surprisingly little nudity or sex shown in any of the games. Despite that being the series schtick.

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