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SHOULD SEX BE IN VIDEO GAMES?


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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2007 2:11:16 PM PST
go getta says:
I like it in games it makes me horny :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2007 4:00:23 PM PST
David says:
Pornographic games have been out for a long time now. At least for the PC anyway. But think about it, why not? People say it won't sell, and if it's sex attached to a bad game, and the only draw is the sexual material, then yeah, it won't sell; like for instance "BMX XXX" last generation. It didn't sell very well at all cos it was just Dave Mirra BMX with some naked polygons. But if sex is just a side that moves the story along, even if it's not part of the gameplay experience, like God of War II or Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (before the Hot Coffee incident, where it was heard, but not shown, and not part of gameplay), but ads or subtracts to a character in a game, then why not?

This happened both in cinema and television, and it will happen in videogames to the point where nobody even questions it, when and where videogames are not considered toys for children.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2007 4:40:24 PM PST
David says:
The ESRB ratings mean nothing. I cannot wait until a console game gets published with an "unrated edition" as seen on many films these days so they don't get their "R" turned into an "NC-17" or "X". You have the wool pulled over your eyes quite heavily. Kids can access any "adult material" they want, given the urge. Just turn on the TV.

But why are we talking about kids? This is about videogames.

Happy Scamper says:
Who's to stop kids from buying it?
It would be labeled MATURE, but parent's let their kids buy mature games all the time.

Yeah, about that "M" rating deal, the ESRB is not a government body, so the videogame ratings are purely optional to a publisher and by law, mean nothing.

Consider this. Call of Duty: Finest Hour (World War II, you may have heard of it), Stuntman (you do vehicle stunts for fake movies), Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2 - 2011: Final Assault (here you kill people in North Korea) all get the "T" for Teen rating. Why? Blood and violence in the games about killing people, and Stuntman has mild lyrics and violence. Then take Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, a game about killing people, that gets an "M" rating, because of Blood, Violence, and Strong Language.

So a teen can get a game about killing people, but not a game about killing people and using four letter words? Good thing there's that ESRB to watch out for ya.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2007 6:34:00 PM PST
Why should anything that can be done in the movies or in books not be done in video games? It's not just pac-man and mario any more. The line between video games and "legitimate" narrative forms blurs constantly.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2007 1:58:42 PM PST
go getta says:
god of war is awsome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ive beet 1 and 2 and the sex kinda does add on to the gamplay

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2007 12:31:49 AM PST
ROTO ROCK says:
Hi, I'm the one who stated this discussion. "If my spelling is bad please bare with me." It's pretty interesting reading all the different point of views. I agree and disagree with what some people had to say, but I'm not going to name who they are, because I'm not here to argue.
I think if sex is going to be in a game it should be done tasteful, but not over doing it to the point were it conflicts with the plot of the game. If you've seen James Bond, the sex in those movies weren't any big deal, that's how it should be in games, no big deal but tasteful. Now I'm not telling any of you to stop playing games that have hardcore sex scenes, or tones of violence, because I could really care less what you do in the privacy of your own home. I'm just here to give my opinion and see other opinions as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2007 4:47:45 PM PST
I play video games and watch cartoons to avoid sexual content.
Sexual content makes me really uncomfortable.
and rips my self esteem into pieces..
and to be honest.. A LOT OF KIDS buy games.
more kids than adults.
I dont see a reason for it.
it really bothers me when im playing a game.. enjoying it..
and then a sex scene pops up and everyone gets happy
im like..
very
uncomfortable
:(

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2007 4:51:44 PM PST
Whats your religion>

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2007 4:53:02 PM PST
Sex makes me uncomfortable because i was raised to think its sacret. SO
sex in games makes me kinda.. really weirded out by the game.. and somewhat ..
not comfortable.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2007 4:56:01 PM PST
I dont like sex scenes rory. :( like god of war 1.. really bugged me out.
my brother talked about it toooooo mcuh.
SO WHEN I GOT TO THAT PART IN THE GAME I RAN!

ok but the sims, when they have sex.. its kinda funny..
they go under the blankets and u see the blankets moving and hear funny noises.
not even sex noises.
but you KNOW they are doing it.
not so swful.
I dont get uncumfy.
EA did that part right.
props to sex in the sims! an blocking out nakedness!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2007 4:57:13 PM PST
I think that adults should be able to play whatever game they want, with whatever type of content they want. If there are adults out there willing to pay money for videogames with sex in them, then I think game developers should be free to pursue that market.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2007 4:59:15 PM PST
Okay, maybe they should ID for games with sex in it.. then little kids cant buy it.. AND... people like me who dislike it and get uncomfortable have the chance to think twice..
then.. maybe sex in games wont be so bad.
UNLESS ITS IN EVERY GAME!!
then i will never buy a game ever again!

I like pokemon, and kirby, and mario, and zelda, and... yea

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2007 7:24:42 PM PST
Yes, I don't see why not. Games are just another form of entertainment. Why should they be held to any different standards? As long as the game is rated appropriately for its content they should be allowed to do whatever they want.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2007 8:31:12 PM PST
Anonymous says:
When the "Hot Coffee" issue was hot, I heard someone said "It is not okay if you kiss a breast, but it okay if you shoot through it."

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2007 9:55:31 PM PST
TampAGS says:
I suspect for some, video game sex is the only kind they can get.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2007 12:46:17 PM PST
SkyNet says:
The majority of people who buy video games are adults
not kids
Adults who have adult ideas

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2007 3:17:10 PM PST
S. Coombs says:
where the heck did you get that? the majority of people who buy games are kids, or parents buying games for kids.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2007 6:59:25 PM PST
D. Dahl says:
I can definitely see your point, I do have to disagree with one thing-- Yes, video games are blamed much of the time for the behavior of people involved in violent behavior-- But guns are blamed equally so, if not more. Not to get off topic, but be careful where you place the blame on things like this. Just as a video game doesn't MAKE anybody do anything, the gun is not the problem. The responsibility lies with the individual. Anyhow, I do not have a problem with sex in games, myself. I may not play certain games if I know there is graphic material that I have no desire to see, but a company making a game with such content does not hurt me. I still have the choice of either playing it, or not. No one is forcing anyone to play games with sex in them if it is offensive to them. That's why we have the ESRB ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2007 7:53:03 PM PST
MARK says:
Mass Effect is a prime example of a game with sex that was 1. tasteful, 2. relevant to the plot, and 3. adds to the emotion of the game. We gamers of the Nintendo generation, like the Atari generation before us, are growing up and enjoying games that are relevant to our level of maturity. Just like in film, sex can enhance the plot, add to the characters, and create motivations that would be lessened if it was simply referred to. Now, I'm not advocating hardcore pornography in games, but the rating of M is the equivalent of an R rating to a film, and no one cries foul when an R-rated movie more than hints at two people sharing an intimate moment.

I've been playing video games for 22 of my 25 years. When I was a child, I enjoyed games designed for children. Now that I am an adult, I enjoy games designed for adults. And I'm not alone in my generation. I like kid's games too, of course, Mario will always be awesome. But Shepherd and Liara (or one of those other two) just wouldn't have the same place in my heart if it wasn't for that shared moment in the captain's cabin in the Normandy while en route to Ilos.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2007 7:56:18 PM PST
MARK says:
Reply to post asking to ID for games with sex in them:

They already should be. Any game with sex in it will have the ESRB rating of M. Retailers are encouraged to not sell these titles to anyone under 17 (or is it 18?). I support first: carding for all games M or above and second: retailers telling parents at point of sale that the game may not be suitable for underage people. Only chain that I've seen doing either is EB/Gamestop.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2007 8:15:56 PM PST
EpsilonX says:
If it's a game where your character has a companion or something and a lot of the plot focus's on their relationship, then yes. I would say sex should be in it. But if you're playing something like a FPS, then no to sex.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2007 10:15:17 AM PST
they never id me, and I look 12. lolol

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2007 1:49:49 PM PST
B. Allio says:
I read a couple of the posts on this discussion and saw that there would a very large majority that agreed that sex is ok in games. This surprised me.

We live in a society that is so chaulk filled with sexual images that you can barely turn your head without seeing a woman in a bra or panties. We are a pleasure driven society. Personally I think this is a problem. I think we are on a moral decline because it's all about "what I want". All you hear these days is, "it's my right as an American". Pornography is destroying marriages daily. Men and women viewing others having sex? What's wrong with his wife? Why do we have to watch others have sex? It's extremely unhealthy and disrespectful to the one you are married to. If you are having problems with 'not getting it often enough' talk to your significant other and work through it. Don't go to another woman that won't tell you no. I say all this because I don't believe we need sex in video games. Sex is a beautiful thing that we have reduced to an act that is pleasurable. There is no mystery to it anymore. No joy. It's about the rush, not the intimacy anymore. Let's add it to video games as well, sure, and move our society even closer to a impulse based monster.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2007 4:22:24 PM PST
This is a very good concept. My little brother is 14 years old and I wouldn't appreciate him in his room sitting in the dark with his shorts down because of a video game. Most of these games are not labeled as what they are, and guess who is the majority of viewers playing them? Children. If you want sex, get porn. Bad enough for both, they want the All-American dinero and focus that video games are a ways to refocus and destress. We have " How to Catch A Predator", where all that matter are the children and protecting them from the scum of the Earth. But are we really fully protecting them? And who from? Children see this as acceptable behavior because society has made them to believe so. So when lil Johnny comes home suspended because he felt Amanda up at snack time then smacked her in the stomach because she cried, how does that teach them right from wrong when it makes Mommy and Daddy hypocrites because all they wanted for Christmas was to impress their only boy because they want to bond with him on a level where they feel like good parents.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2007 9:30:35 PM PST
It's like any story, if the sex serves a purpose I don't have a problem with it, but it can be done tastefully. Whether it is or not isn't (to me) a matter of morality but a matter of good story telling.

Last Tango In Paris wouldn't be the same without all the sex, but sex scene in a family comedy might seem out of place. It's all about the story.

It's only a matter of personal prejudice and taste.
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