In June this year, Valve announced that they would no longer regulate the Steam Store; instead, that responsibility would shift to its users. The only games Valve would still refuse to allow on Steam would be those that either include “illegal content” or those that would be considered as “trolling.”
An example of an illegal game is Abstractism that was removed last month because it was scamming players by installing crypto mining malware on their machines. Trolling is a bit more complicated as it can be subjective, to that end, Valve has recently clarified what the term means to them.
Now that those two terms of release are out of the way, Valve is allowing the first fully uncensored sexually-explicit adult game to release on Steam. Say hi to Negligee: Love Stories. You can play the game on September 15 in full HD. It comes with multiple characters and endings, all kinds of “love,” and for those who want to go all the way, an art book, wallpaper, and soundtrack.
I have to say, reading through Negligee: Love Stories’ content description, I am intrigued. It covers topics that should be talked about; an abusive marriage, the right to love who you want to, the freedom to live your life as you wish and so on. It sounds like the games’ emphasis on choice is a big feature, as you decide how the lives of each of the four characters turn out. A lot depends on how the developer, Dharker Studio, portraits the sexual content.
Is it in good taste, is the ‘story’ just an excuse to see porn and so on. I’ve played one Hentai game in my decades of gaming, and it completely surprised me. It was less about the sexual content and more about the lives of the main characters. I am not saying that this specific game is intended to be a social commentary on these subjects, for that, I have to play it, but it could give some insight into the lives of characters struggling with these issues. Or, it could just be porn.
On that point, for more perspective we have to look at their previous game, Negligee, that released in October 2016. It is the censored version, and Steam user reviews are currently at Very Positive, with many stating that the plot was good, and overall a great game – or rather, graphic novel. Still, this doesn’t mean its uncensored version is better – or worse.
My only concern is that parents will have a difficult time to manage what their kids are allowed to play on Steam. Let me be very clear, I am not promoting or advocating porn. It is good for parents to know that Steam is making good on the promise to allow adult-only content, and parents have to take that into consideration.
The official Steam description: “Negligee: Love Stories features four story-lines that frequently include dialogue of sexual themes, sexual interactions and nudity and through them illustrations featuring nudity, undressing and sexual interactions as well. The four stories include male and female sexual relations, female and female sexual relations, themes relating to pressured sexual relationships, themes relating to nymphomania, themes relating to adult sex workers, themes relating to abusive marriages and adultery. Scenes within the game include illustrated and dialogue descriptions of male and female single partner sexual relationships, modelling, outdoor sexual activity, male and female multiple partner sexual activity and female and female single partner sexual relationships.”
If you don’t want to allow games on Steam that fall under the uncensored category, be that violence or sexual content, then you have one ‘safeguard’ at your disposal – you can edit your Store Content Preferences.
Steam Store Content Preferences has a section, Mature Content, with four sub-sections that you can tick or untick. You can also view examples of games currently in the Store that fall under said categories;
- General Mature Content
- Frequent Violence or Gore
- Nudity or Sexual Content
- Adult Only Sexual Content
There is also a content filter that allows you to include up to ten tags that will help Steam filter your games. Lastly, you can also choose to Ignore Products. Steam also recently outlined a more refined age gate system, we go through those changes in the article about what trolling means for Valve.
So, if you don’t want to see uncensored games, then make sure to set your filters.
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