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On The Depiction Of Sex & Nudity In Video Games

ScreenCritics Sam explores the controversial depiction of sex and nudity in video games, and how the media has vilified its mature representation.

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Tetsujin217d ago

In short, if movies, graphic novels, and other forms of art/literature use nudity, what makes video games so "different" they can't also use it? The "Video games is for kids" argument is invalid at this point since there's a lot of games not designed for the younger audience.

TheCommentator217d ago

Don't know why it's so hard for people to understand that games have labels like "M for Mature" either! How can we have movies like Sin City, TV shows like Spartacus, or even soft core porn on cable as early as 9 or 10 at night, yet games like Conan still get censored on the console?

The double standard needs to stop. My suggestion is that if consoles won't allow for AO games on console, and won't allow uncensored games like Conan onto consoles under an M rating, then we need to have a new rating in between M and AO. With movies, there's NC-17 in between R and XXX, right?

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rainslacker215d ago

The "video games are for kids" is only parroted by the uptight protestant american types who can't think of any better reason to say it shouldn't exist at all, ever, anywhere.

Kokyu217d ago

The only people its controversial with is SJW no one else seems to care.

Dizzy11523217d ago

Who cares. Get a girlfriend or hit the strip club. There is a real world out there.

TheCommentator217d ago

It's not about jerking off like a teenager, it's about creating the atmosphere appropriate for the stories being told. Spartacus wouldn't have had the impact it does without all of the excess being portrayed in a way that represented the times.

Yes, there's a real world out there, but using your logic, why even play games, watch movies, read books, etc., at all then? There's a real world out there, yes, but gaming is entertainment... an escape from the real world.

Off topic, strip clubs have to be the dumbest thing I've ever heard of. You get horny, so you go watch a girl you can't even touch take all your money and leave you... unsatisfied. That's like walking into a restaurant starving, and paying someone else to eat in front of you without sharing. No sense at all.

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meka2611217d ago

Nah I agree with you, it's about creating an atmosphere. Like with conan, that's how things were back then, it's for immersion. Also I agree on strip clubs, dumbest waste of money ever, unless you go to a dive place where the girls will sleep with you, but at that rate who wants to.

TheCommentator217d ago

Only time I was ever at a club was for a friends bachelor party some 15 years ago. He'd planned it for months because Jenna Jameson was there that night. I enjoyed looking at the girls, sure, but I found it sad that people were desperate enough to be close to a naked woman that they'd throw so much money at them. I bought beer to drink, paid for my friend's lap dance, and stood behind all the salivating dogs with their cash out and let them pay for me go get a good look.

I was fine with that... because I could get a girl without paying for it... and because women are beautiful to look at. I find the concept of a club rather disturbing overall though, both from the way strippers exploit their customers and from the way the customers look like drug-riddled addicts as they hand over the cash.

bluefox755217d ago

The stigmatism of nudity in games (and every other medium for that matter) is ridiculous. If you don't like it, don't look at or buy it. No one has an issue (rightfully so) when video game characters have their faces realistically ripped apart, but a boob is controversial? Give me a break.

BadElf217d ago

Well...REMEMBER,
Maybe if little Timmy see's a Nipple, he might go into school the next day and Rip his Teachers shirt off and try to cop a feel!
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meka2611217d ago

I always love this BS. We censor sex and nudity, which are natural parts of life, but we will uphold gore and violence. Don't want to say violence isn't natural, but it's definitely frowned upon. These people need to get their priorities straight.

annoyedgamer217d ago

Is flipped in Europe and Australia.

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