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Sex in Video Game Makes Waves Through Industry

A new, best-selling video game, Mass Effect, made for the Microsoft Xbox 360 console, allows the characters to engage in explicitly graphic sexual intercourse. Some game experts and pro-family analysts say Mass Effect is marketed to young kids and presents a moral danger to them and that the companies making and marketing the game should be prosecuted.

The game is "clearly marketed to minors," Cathy Ruse, a lawyer and senior fellow for legal studies at the Family Research Council, told Cybercast News Service.

"There are cultural implications for feeding porn to kids in this way," and "when you do this, you're teaching them a distorted lesson about human sexuality and human dignity. These are lessons that they will take with them into adulthood and ultimately society," Ruse said.

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Hapimeses3295d ago (Edited 3295d ago )

Personally, the more games that treat me like the adult I am, the happier I am. I passed my third decade a few years back, and nothing infuriates me more than being lumped into the same category as a child or teenager when it comes to describing me as a 'gamer'. Mass Effect is the only game I want on 360 so far, and it was almost enough to make buy the console (but not quite -- I'm still hoping EA broaden it to be multi-platform... but that's for another comment); and not just because of the sex, just in case you're snickering up your sleeves, but because of the adult tone and quality storytelling, things I truly appreciate.

Really, I'd rather the misinformed, the ignorant, the homophobic, and the unquestionably offensive stay away from me and my gaming. Shame it seems that many of these types are the sort of people that run our governments, and the laws that govern our gaming...

perseus3295d ago

AAAAAAH! PEOPLE HAVE SEEEEEXXXXX! DON'T LET THE CHILDREN SEE ANYTHING OR THEY WILL BE MORALLY CORRUPTED AND GROW UP TO BECOME GAMING-MASTURBATING-CHEETO-EAT ERS!!!!

Idiots.

HarryEtTubMan3295d ago (Edited 3295d ago )

Lame these are games we dont need sex. I do it in real life. I dont need it made out in polygons.

Its a videogame for FUN. Not for perverts that feel the need to "mature" gaming. ITS GAY AS H3LL... at least at this point. Its just weird... this world is already corupt and messed up... we just dont need things like this ... kids play games. Violence and struggle and language is enough. WE DONT NEED SEX IN VIDEO GAMES! It doesnt enhance anything!

Hapimeses3295d ago (Edited 3295d ago )

Whilst I respect your opinion, I disagree entirely.

Games are becoming progressively more about telling great stories, and great stories inevitably have great characters, and great characters are typically defined by the relationships they have with other characters. Relationships, as you accurately note (I assume you don't 'do it in real life' alone), often involve sex; sometimes a lot of it. I like games with great stories (I also like other sorts of games, but great stories kinda win me over nowadays), that means I don't want games that utterly avoid the sex issue due to fears of children accessing the material. If that is an issue, let's ban porn and all adult content on television or movies while we're at it.

Erm, no thanks.

Personally, I believe gaming, as a form of entertainment, does not require the reactionary censorship that we found plaguing the movie and tv industry all the way up to the present. Just take a look at what was acceptable in the 20s, then 30s, then 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and now. Every decade paints a different picture, and I'm not a child of the 20s or 30s, or even the 50s or 60s; I'm a modern gamer with modern sensabilities. In fact, I'm not a child at all, and I have no desire to have my gaming censored by puritanical individuals that are steeped in fear, oppression, or pointless taboos.

Trust me, Mass Effect will soon seem tame, and I applaud that.

mighty_douche3295d ago

Sex is video games is f*cking sad, like people dont think gamers are geek enough already.

Leave the f*cking to porn i say.

Hapimeses3295d ago (Edited 3295d ago )

Again, I disagree. If we left the 'f*cking to porn', then what would our the film and TV industry really be like? You seem to suggest it would be geeky.

Some of my favourite films involve a great deal of sex. Some of my favourite TV series, equally, deal with sex. Neither, to my eyes, are geeky. Equally, I fully expect that some of my favourite games in the future will not be shy in tackling adult realtionships either. Really, sex is a fundemental part of our existence, ignoring it makes little sense, especially for games looking to tell good stories.

Yes, leave porn to porn, but don't leave 'f*cking to porn' -- that's kinda ridiculous to me.

To me, not dealing with sex, and only focussing on big guns and the like, is far more geeky than dealing with adult relationships in a mature fashion.

I'm not saying all games should open their arms to such adult issues -- all movies don't, after all -- but I am saying that some should, and I'd prefer if they did.

bym051d3295d ago

Grow up. It's a normal part of an adult relationship. Make it fit with the story and be tasteful, just like if it were in a serious movie.

Leave the over the top graphic and obscene stuff to adult movies.

mighty_douche3295d ago

No, i agree, if its done well then fine. Obviously relationships or a love interest can be nothing but good for the story if dont correctly. But SEX in a video is not needed.

Thats all my opinion mind, if you like it and want it in games thats fine, we dont have to all agree.

Alleyviper13295d ago (Edited 3295d ago )

Yes of course because handling sex in the best way is to cheapen it in as many ways as possible. Sex has long lost any mature fashion of showmanship. Sex is and should be peronal not on display for everyone to see.

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