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Old 03-10-2010, 06:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sex and Videogames

With videogames having been culturally relevant for nearly forty years now, and gaming audiences becoming steadily more difficult to impress, studios have begun to run out of new elements to spice things up and new envelopes to push. Lately, this has led many a developer to address the formerly taboo subject of sexual relations, producing mixed results.

As more and more titles address and include sex, one may find themselves asking, "Why?" That's a pretty good question, as so far, the meeting of games and sex has been wholly underwhelming

One of the most popular trends right now, and possibly one of the biggest mistakes, is an attempt to shoehorn sex into game narrative, and in many cases, gameplay. While such attempts were made as far back as games like Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em and Custer's Revenge on the Atari 2600, most games have known better than to attempt in-game sex over the years. Why change now?

The shock factor of button-press intercourse seems to be the primary drive for its inclusion; "hiding" the Hot Coffee mission in GTA: San Andreas, Kratos' liaisons in the God Of War series, and your little trip to rapeville in Edmund are all amazing examples of sex being thrown into the mix for no good reason beyond garnering press attention and attracting players who want to do something taboo. In a market where free-flying body parts and monsoons of blood have become the norm, ass and boobs have become the new way to taunt overprotective parents and the ESRB.

Some may argue that all of these cases lend themselves to their respective game's stories, and are perfectly justified, but I can't say I'm convinced. Kratos is out for vengeance against the gods themselves, with the remains of his family imbued in his very flesh, but he still has time to stop and deflower the roses? Really? Edmund could have been portrayed as being just as disturbed by his war experiences in many ways outside of sexual violence. And, while it's been harped on quite a bit already, the encounter in Heavy Rain is completely out of character and completely unnecessary to the plot.

Destructoid - Something about sex: Sex sells, but who's buying?
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Old 03-10-2010, 06:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Sex and Videogames

As you said, I think the game companies put those scenes in games knowing that the news will talk about it, causing people to buy it, no matter how bad the game is.

Then again, the people that buy games for that reason alone really need to get a life. Who would be desperate enough to buy those numerous atari porn games?
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I think it's for shock value in most games but some approach it maturely and it goes with the story. Mass Effect and Dragon Age are the only examples I can think of atm but I'm sure there's more.
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't you get an achievement in Mass Effect for completing a romance subplot?

In other words, you get an achievement for having sex with an alien.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:19 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I hate how nearly every movie has to have a love and often sex sub-plot. It often feels forced and out of place. Not every story involves sex. However, some stories do. If the story calls for it then it should be ok for it to have it. If not then not.

In GTA, you are stealing cars. Pretty reasonable to expect the guy to steal a car to go on a date.
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Re: Sex and Videogames

Sure you get an achievement for the romance subplots but it's not like you just walk up to an npc and have your way with them. ME is very character driven and what you do changes how people feel about you. You have to build a relationship over time and eventually it happens. Also worth noting is how DA allows gay sex but ME doesn't. Both games only allow you to have single partner relations ships as well, as far as I know. So it's not like GTA where it's just some thing to be edgy. It's a mature rated game and it has a mature storyline. I think it's completely appropriate and normal.

@Kong- I hate that too. A lot of times the love story feels tacked on because they think it has to be in the movie/game. In ME and DA you can skip relationships if you want.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Sex and Videogames

I love the romance genre, with a good love story to go with it. But forcing it I do not like.

I can say, I don't play games to get my "feel on" I play them to relax and beat a game, not a girl.
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Old 03-11-2010, 04:08 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Sex and Videogames

Sex is obvious going to be a theme based on the demographics. 13-34 year old males. In retrospect however, i think it is amazing of the ratio of games that have sex vs. romance ratios. imo, i wouldn't be opposed to seeing games that have an actual romantic theme.

btw, the first time i remember seeing sex in a game was golgo 13.
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Re: Sex and Videogames

I do hate attempts at trying to put a sex side story into games and yeah, I have the utmost faith in corporate America to put it in as marketing schemes. Sex does sell. On the flip side I do enjoy the original Leisure Suit Larry games which were all about sex and just way to corny not to laugh at.
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Re: Sex and Videogames

Sex propelled the beginning of theaters, home video and the Internet.

But it plays a very minor role in video games though.

I think that proves that video game sex is about shock value and not sex. If it was about sex then there would be a much bigger market for it.
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:39 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Re: Sex and Videogames

Howzabout "custer's revenge"? Is that a romantic subplot?
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