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Valve seem to be tightening their rules on games with sexual content

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News doing the rounds at the moment, is that Valve seem to be tightening their rules concerning games with sexual content.

Here's developer Lupiesoft as an example, who made Mutiny!!, a visual novel with puzzle mini-games, ship combat and it even supports Linux:

We've just received some troubling news today that @steam_games has decided to pull down our titled "Mutiny!!" within 2 weeks for 'reports of pornographic content'. Now those of you who know @Lupiesoft know that we don't put that on Steam, or advertise that content on Steam.

— Lupiesoft (@Lupiesoft) May 18, 2018

The developer continued on from this tweet, to mention that their publisher even met with Valve previously and apparently they didn't have a problem then.

Here's another example from developer HuniePot, who made HuniePop which also supports Linux:

- IMPORTANT NOTICE -
I've received an e-mail from Valve stating that HuniePop violates the rules & guidelines for pornographic content on Steam and will be removed from the store unless the game is updated to remove said content.

— HunieDev (@HuniePotDev) May 17, 2018

Honestly, I don't really get what Valve's doing. There must be some ridiculous business-type decision behind it. Perhaps they think such games are putting off some bigger publishers, as if somehow they think it makes Steam look less attractive? I do always find this odd, that content of a sexual nature is so often frowned upon, when games where you brutally murder people for 90% of the gameplay are often promoted by Valve.

Worth point out, that itch.io is a rather open store, as I understand it developers themselves set the amount they wish to give to itch out of their sales (even if it's nothing) and they even have an open source client which is due a big upgrade soon. As much as I personally like Steam (it is my favourite store), I do wish more games were available on itch.io. Competition is healthy, the bigger players need it to keep them on the straight and narrow and we all know this.

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RussianNeuroMancer 18 May 2018 at 7:14 pm UTC
https://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/victory-steam-remove-sexually-explicit-violent-videogames-platform/

They not gonna get TW3 or GTA removed, but they is dedicated to hurt VN sales for sure.
liamdawe 18 May 2018 at 7:17 pm UTC
RussianNeuroMancerhttps://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/victory-steam-remove-sexually-explicit-violent-videogames-platform/

They not gonna get TW3 or GTA removed, but they is dedicated to hurt VN sales for sure.
I will probably annoy someone with this, but reading that article made me literally say "what the fuck". What a bunch of drivel.
ElectricPrism 18 May 2018 at 7:24 pm UTC
QuoteRemember what the MPAA says; Horrific, Deplorable violence is okay, as long as people don't say any naughty woids! - South Park

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gta 5 online first person sex!!!!! - YouTube


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EVERY SEX SCENE - The Witcher 3 + Triss and Yennefer Threesome! UNCENSORED - YouTube

These two examples of AAA top selling games including sexual content are validation that Valve removing this content on that basis is absurd.


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Dedale 18 May 2018 at 7:40 pm UTC
liamdawe
RussianNeuroMancerhttps://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/victory-steam-remove-sexually-explicit-violent-videogames-platform/

They not gonna get TW3 or GTA removed, but they is dedicated to hurt VN sales for sure.
I will probably annoy someone with this, but reading that article made me literally say "what the fuck". What a bunch of drivel.

I hope you do, such people deserve to be offended.

I second your comment, this is idiotic drivel. Puritans have always existed, the problem is the people who feel the need to listen to them.

If they follow trough i will orient myself towards other platforms.
Ehvis 18 May 2018 at 7:44 pm UTC
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ElectricPrismThese two examples of AAA top selling games including sexual content are validation that Valve removing this content on that basis is absurd.

These things are advocated by people refusing to believe that games/movies/comics/whatever have no effect on how people behave. Because if they did, they wouldn't have anyone to blame but themselves.
14 18 May 2018 at 7:45 pm UTC
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Something to do with trying to get Steam Link app in the Apple Store?
Cybolic 18 May 2018 at 7:45 pm UTC
liamdawe
RussianNeuroMancerhttps://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/victory-steam-remove-sexually-explicit-violent-videogames-platform/

They not gonna get TW3 or GTA removed, but they is dedicated to hurt VN sales for sure.
I will probably annoy someone with this, but reading that article made me literally say "what the fuck". What a bunch of drivel.

Could not agree more. How anyone could ever think hiding all sexual content or references away could ever somehow make people more in touch with or responsible for their sexually related behaviour in real life, is completely outside my limits of understanding.

We need more sexually related content, more voices, more points of view, not censorship and limiting sexual content to only what's commercially viable (ie. punching prostitutes, since that's apparently more morally correct content for Steam).
qptain Nemo 18 May 2018 at 7:45 pm UTC
Serious question: do those rules and guidelines actually exist? Can someone actually read them anywhere?

This seems to still literally be it. It's arguably clear enough in itself but how it's applied seems to be another story.


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ElectricPrism 18 May 2018 at 7:47 pm UTC
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QuoteI will probably annoy someone with this, but reading that article made me literally say "what the fuck". What a bunch of drivel.
I hope you do, such people deserve to be offended.

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Linas 18 May 2018 at 7:50 pm UTC
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Who exactly is getting hurt by anime titties? Anyone who wants to see porn, can do so on hundreds if not thousands of websites, absolutely for free, and hardcore beyond your wildest nightmares.

And HuniePop doesn't even contain any pornographic content in the Steam version. Unless pornographic now means a cartoon picture of a woman in a swimsuit.

This is literally virtue signalling at the expense of the small guys. Look at us, we are fighting anime titties. Oh and think of the children!
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