Sex and nudity in video games

Sex is everywhere and supposedly ‘sex sells’. If that is the case then why do we see an abundance of sexless video games? Even games with deep stories which focus on human relations are scared to go near this controversial issue. Now I’m not talking about making a video game porno such as seen in Japanese erotica games but a sex or nudity scene that truly adds value to a story.

Leisure Suit larry is distasteful and an awful game

Leisure Suit larry is distasteful and an awful game

Of course just adding some pretty girls with their jugs out will hardly boost sales, just look at the recent failure of BMX XXX. There is even a scene in the game which shows two dogs having sex, something which no one wants to see. Nudity for the sake of nudity is something not needed in games, that’s what the internet is for. Leisure Suit Larry is another culprit of distasteful sexual innuendos and nudity which focuses entirely on getting laid. Exactly who bought these monstrosities is unclear, maybe school boys who have parental block on their computer.

Nowadays sexual content is used to add humor, numerous versions of GTA allow you to have sex with prostitues. Whilst the subject is not humorous in itself, it no doubt made adolescents weep with excitement and gave them many a belly laugh. It is also featured in modded versions of games such as Oblivion and Tomb Raider although these were not intended to be in the original game.

Dirty girl in skyrim
Dirty girl in skyrim

A lot of the stigma around the subject is from the fact that video games containing sex and nudity have been notable flops. No one is willing to push boundaries beyond violence because of the risk it imposes on the brand. Maybe one day it will be done tastefully, not in your face and truly enhance a story-line.

Do you think there will ever be a time where sex in video games is acceptable? Would you think anything different of Solid Snake if he was seen balls deep with a female companion? Maybe you want to see Mario eloping with Princess Peach in a romantic rom-com game? Or do you think I should just shut up and stop talking about rude things?

 

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6 thoughts on “Sex and nudity in video games”

  1. Eventually sex will be treated in games, much like it is in movies. It’s a slow process though. At the moment love making in a game causes tons of controversity so many publishers prefer to censor their titles rather than than deal with the drama.

    1. I just find it strange that in todays ago that it’s still considered taboo. Maybe in the next few years the trend will be reversed. Society isn’t shy anymore and with the internet people are exposed to much worse than sex.

  2. I think mass effect 2 tried to introduce tasteful sex into the game so you would feel involved with characters but in no way was this part of the main story. Would be interesting to see it with solid snake like you say to enhance the story, rather than than mgs3 when you could just press the perv button at certain points which seemed to detract from the serious nature of the story.

    1. That’s the problem for most games it’s a tacked on part of the game to boost sales. It doesn’t really enhance the story at all but assumes we are all perverts who need pixelated lady parts to enjoy a game.

  3. The sad thing is that the game was actually pretty good.

    Yeah, the stupid constant stripper stuff was dumb but the actual game was pretty cool in how it sort of added in story-ish elements to the Tony Hawk format. made it fun to have objectives that went beyond “grind everything” … I kinda miss these games, was a major industry for a while there.

    Good party / drinking games for when we were drunk in the barracks.

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