Having chanced upon an invite to a wealthy socialite's holiday home, you find yourself in the Mediterranean exploring a luxury mansion by the sea and meeting an array of characters. From Pietra's flirtatious maid Esper, to the sexually aggressive divorcee, Cecelia, you'll find yourself surrounded by temptation.
Steam Greenlight has been billed as a way to let the community decide what makes it to the Steam store and what doesn't, but it seems Greenlight is giving a red light to the Red Light District. If your game contains sexual content, you might not even be allowed to put your work to a vote, as Seduce Me developers No Reply Games discovered. An article on Gamesindustry.
While the article states that Greenlight's voters were polarized, Valve pulled the plug on Seduce Me before a community verdict could be reached. No Reply co-founder Miriam Bellard was taken off-guard by this. We were actually really shocked when it went down, because we thought that it would at least be allowed on Greenlight to be discussed.
We wouldn't have minded taking down some of the images if they were considered too racy for the forum, but there was no communication - nothing. The guidelines stated by Valve simply refer to "offensive content," without any clarification on what, exactly, that consists of.
Bellard criticized the interpretation of these guidelines as being largely American-centric, as much of the rest of the world would see the content of Seduce Me as far less offensive than many of the depictions of violence seen in games already on Steam. Sure, they might lose a very small amount of their audience, but they would gain others Why they've chosen not to is possibly that they're part of that American culture, and they view this issue with that American point-of-view. Sex in games is an evolving issue in a relatively new medium, but it's readily apparent that nudity and sexual themes are not as tolerated in an artistic context as they are in, say, film or literature.
With books, you have children's books, teen fiction, adult books of all genres.
But we tend to view games as one solid category. I think things like this can just be about habit; it's just what we're used to.
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