In an industry where violence is the number one export of entertainment, even the smallest serving of erotica can ruffle the feathers of many gaming bigwigs. One such example came to light recently, with Kotaku reported that developer Valve removed erotic title ‘Seduce Me’ developed by No Reply Games from Steam Greenlight, a service that allows Indie developers to seek feedback on their projects from the Steam community.
The game encourages players to seduce the pants of virtual women by selecting certain lines of dialogue presented to them. The guys at Valve saw this as offensive and ‘violating Steam or Greenlight’s terms’, and promptly removed it from the service. “Steam has never been a leading destination for erotic material. Greenlight doesn’t aim to change that”, said Valve spokesperson Doug Lombardi.
The game’s developer wasn’t a happy camper after the removal of the title, “We submitted the game on Thursday, when Steam Greenlight launched. [Valve] took it down almost straight away, many people still view games as ‘for children’ in spite of the fact that the average gamer is 30 years old,” said co-founder of No Reply Games, Miriam Bellard.
Valve has stated that they will be updating their terms and services to make sure no mishaps like this come knocking in the future. What do you think? Is erotica best left for other avenues of entertainment or is it something consoles should start embracing?
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