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Submitted by Sharodan 782d ago | opinion piece

Violence versus sex in video games

Society tends to oppose violence and sex in games. So, why does violence sell so well while sex is almost absent? Anton Wegenast takes a look. (Culture, Hitman: Absolution, Industry, Seduce Me, Steam, Tomb Raider)

BillySpandex  +   782d ago
I don't want to give the impression that I'm a dirty young man, but I love that gaming has grown up. I love the fact that games like Far Cry 3 and the Witcher 2 have tried to treat their adult fans as... ADULTS. The fact that violence in games is tolerated and sex is frowned upon has to be one of the strangest hypocracies ever.

However, on one hand I do understand. Games are generally created in two countries where the attitudes towards sex, the female form and nudity have to be some of the most backwards.

The countries in question - Japan and the US. The irony is that up until the 1940s Japan's view of sex was fairly liberal. After the war, and with American puritanical views, their attitude hardened.
The_Infected  +   782d ago
I like both:)
BanBrother  +   782d ago
Both on their own or combined lol? (Might not be the right place to answer this with 'both' lol)
TopDudeMan  +   782d ago
Ack, sex in games makes them realistic and have a more believable story, I think. But I wouldn't want to see the day where there are games based solely on sex.
claud3  +   781d ago
violence is my favorite, sex is so not needed in games. It's pointless
ayabrea93  +   781d ago
I think as long as it serves the story and is handled maturely then developers have the right to approach sex.
Bimkoblerutso  +   781d ago
I think the distinction is that porn does not sell well in a mainstream market. Games like Seduce Me are PORN. Meaning that despite any pretense, they exist solely to get people off.

Now think of games that use violence solely for the same purpose, like Postal and Manhunt. They meet with a stigma similar to porn. Most violent games, I would argue, are more than just an exercise in sadistic pain. In fact, most games are presented in VERY black and white settings (ie, death is doled out to oppressive forces, criminals, or some otherwise nefarious entity), and contain gameplay mechanics that are entertaining in spite of any violence being portrayed on screen.

Controversy arises from the context in which these things are presented. It's just that sex can basically be presented in the most primitive, simplistic form and still sell. I would love to see a game that actually portrayed sexuality maturely (you know...as opposed to the random orgies and spur of the moment kinky sex with the Pizza guy kind of stuff). It doesn't have to be "realistic." It just needs to engage the topic as something more than just a thing people do with random people to get rid of their horniness.

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