Sex in Video Games: How Far We've Not Come

Valve's recent knee-jerk escapade at GDC had Gamehounds' Edie Sellers in a lather this week. On her podcast she expressed surprise and annoyance at their decision; namely the withdrawal of Kim Swift, project lead on Portal, from the yearly game design challenge, this year provocatively titled 'My First Time'. It's a dully predictable move in an industry still remarkably coy about sex. "My first time", was an open challenge, marrying sex and autobiography, and the final submissions from Swift's two substitutes and the remaining contestants showed invention and a mischievous streak, but certainly not the headline-baiting boldness that Valve would need to justify such cautious behaviour.

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