Shocker: Sex Games Verboten On Steam Greenlight
When Steam Greenlight was announced back in July, it seemed like a new wild west of gaming possibilities. After years of Valve’s rather mercurial standards for getting games approved for distribution on Steam, Greenlight allows developers to post information about their games while in development or before approval for Steam, to encourage Steam customers to throw their support. It’s a way for games that might otherwise miss out to be given a kick through the door.
But in what will not come as a shocker to anyone remotely familiar with Valve, there is still one barrier that is nigh but impenetrable: naked sexytime naughtiness. This was confirmed when as erotic game called ‘Seduce Me’ was pulled from Greenlight. The makers of Seduce Me alleged that this is just further proof that Valve considers gaming to be childish. Not so, says Valve, who responded to questions via chief spokesperson Doug Lombardi. He told Kotaku that sex games are simply not part of Valve’s business plan, Greenlight or no.
“Steam has never been a leading destination for erotic material,” he said. “Greenlight doesn’t aim to change that.”
Is this censorship? No, as this isn’t about restricting the consumer but is simply a matter of what service a business wishes to provide. Is it proof that games have some growing up to do? Hell no, since ‘adult’ doesn’t have to mean sexin’ anymore than mature has to mean ‘retired’. Of course, Valve has all sorts of extremely violent games for sale, firmly within America’s long tradition of being completely comfortable with brutal gore and killing but completely skeeved out by something as ordinary and non harmful as sex. So, maybe we should talk about that.
Then again, I personally think the game was pulled down because of its hideously unimaginative title. Seriously, ‘Seduce Me?’ Come on, with all the possible sex puns out there, surely the game’s developers can do better.
Meanwhile, what do you think, Game Fronters? Is Valve being inconsistent? Is sex more inappropriate than violence? Sound off in comments.