Sex in games

Chi Kong Lui has written an article over at Gamecritics.com on sex in games. That is, actual intercourse, not just mere sexiness or what not. He excludes non-mainstream games, although the boundary is vague. Of course I immediately thought of some titles not mentioned, and they are all games Rockstar Vienna was involved in somehow – a coincidence, I swear. I think the sex in GTA3 and especially GTA: Vice City is graphic and overt enough to merit inclusion, and if I’m not mistaken there is some sex in Max Payne 1, although I still haven’t played that myself.

Anyway, given that this article is volume 1, there will probably be a volume 2. I hope there will be some analysis – what is the conclusion drawn from this list of games, and what does it mean about the medium or the industry? Love, sex, romance, etc. are a popular topic among game designers, only slightly less so than “when will games make people cry?” Case in point: the GDC session on romance in games (with Eric Zimmerman, Warren Spector and Will Wright) was apparently one of the better ones. (Sadly, I missed it.) It remains a fascinating topic, worthy of a deeper blog entry.

Comments 8

  1. jvm wrote:

    Frankly, I’d rather the games industry focus on more interesting human interactions: friends, enemies, and the spectrum of relationships between those extremes. At this point, it’s little more than cardboard dolls shooting at each other. Having sex in a game is, likewise, just cardboard dolls rubbing against each other. Ultimately, that model is just not very interesting.

    Posted 07 May 2004 at 14:54
  2. Jurie Horneman wrote:

    I agree that social interaction is THE major missing point in games today, and something that is irritating me more and more, as a gamer and as a developer.

    On the other hand, a) romance and sex are forms of social interaction, b) I think a broader range of subject matter would be a Good Thing for games.

    Posted 07 May 2004 at 16:02
  3. tobe wrote:

    On a side note, one thing bugged me about Chi’s article: “Non-mainstream underground X-rated (Japanese or otherwise) games aren’t eligible because they aren’t accessible to the mainstream and consequently their cultural influence is nominal.”

    In which “mainstream” should be swapped with “North American / European” mainstream, as Miss Chi probably didn’t sample the eastern market for her survey. For example, the sheer size of the erotic and amourous games sections in Akihabaras Software-stores made me change my mind about the amount and presence of Sex- orineted games in Japan. There’s also a surprising number of female customers, at least as many as boys.

    Posted 07 May 2004 at 16:46
  4. jvm wrote:

    I believe Chi is a he and not a she. At least, that was the impression I got from the bio page.
    http://www.gamecritics.com/aboutus/bio_chi.php

    Posted 08 May 2004 at 3:41
  5. tobe wrote:

    Whoops, must have misread the initial blog entry there :)

    Posted 08 May 2004 at 9:11
  6. Chi Kong Lui wrote:

    I agree with Tobe that I basically copped out of covering Japanese hentai titles. There’s even domestic X-rated stuff that could be covered. I didn’t know how else to phrase it. I was trying to avoid hardcore pornography, but I couldn’t find the right way to justify it. I guess it just more interested to me to see what gets allowed in the mainstream. I think that says more about us as a culture.

    Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.

    Chi

    Posted 09 May 2004 at 20:03
  7. Aubrey wrote:

    Hey, shooting someone in the face is ALSO social interaction! Sex and death have always been popular subjects in art, so I guess killing somebody is the opposite extreme of fucking someone. But as pointed out, it’d be nice to see more of the inbetween. “The OC: The Game”, or something.

    Posted 09 May 2004 at 20:46
  8. murali wrote:

    i want to download this game

    Posted 18 Oct 2004 at 20:06