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SHOULD SEX BE IN VIDEO GAMES?


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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2007 9:42:37 PM PST
Dear Allio:

I don't think that asserting a morality external to the individual can solve what you take as moral decline. If a marriage is torn apart by pornography perhaps the better question is: what is wrong with the marriage? Is he turning to porn because of a lack of satisfaction with his partner? Does he have an addiction that he hides and has difficulty controlling? Is there a lack of overall trust and communication? Why does the partner feel threatened by pornography? It is better to ask these questions than to posit a devil on which to hang your hat.

And what is the monster you fear? Yourself? Freedom? Or the lack of a morality that exists beyond yourself?

To Ms. Galasso:
I don't think removing sex from video games will improve anyone's parenting skills. And the odds are if you're little brother has his shorts down he's probably watching the porn you are condemning instead of getting satisfaction from a video game (interactivity has it's limits as any 2 handed person will tell you, pardon my coarseness). I a child's parents have no more self respect and so little control over their child, I think that the video games may only be a symptom in a greater disease.

Which is not to say that impressionable minds cannot be influenced. It is rather a question of which is the strongest influence. If a video game is the strongest influence in a child's life, the influences he or she should be having are absent and the issue is deeper than polygons getting freaky at 60 frames per second.

But are bad parents and bad parenting enough to curtail the desires (if you prefer to rights) of others because of this? One should be slow to limit the freedoms of others, particularly on such shaky grounds.

Just my 2 cents (I should have read more of the thread before my first post....

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2007 4:21:36 PM PST
E. Rug says:
Who cares. As long as you can identify what type of content is in the game before you buy it, what harm is it to you? Don't like it, don't buy it. Like it, buy it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2007 3:13:29 AM PST
Honestly, depending on the nature of the sex scene and the story of the game being played, sex is a valuable plot device because it humanizes the characters. Now that the scripts for games are beginning to rival (and at times surpass) big budget Hollywood productions, this is another step for the video game industry to take forward. Mass Effect and Indigo Prophecy are two recent games that have had sex scenes, though little is actually shown. In both these cases, the scene in question has little to do with the outcome of the story, which actually makes them ultimately pointless. Again, it would depend on the nature of the story being presented.

And people who complain about their kids getting their hands on these games...there's a freaking rating on the box. Step up and do a little something called "parenting."

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2007 8:56:57 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2008 4:17:27 PM PDT
They do this so the little boys around 13-14 that are never gonna get laid anyway can rub one out while not having to leave the comfort of their chair.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2008 9:18:39 PM PDT
Well, it depends. In genres such as FPS and sports, sex is definitely irrelevant, and the instant people see it, they will have an imaginary question mark over their heads. unless it's an Rpg, which may add "flavor" to the game, sex is totally unnecessary.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2008 12:46:41 AM PDT
B. Hoffman says:
'Should' sex be barred from games? From an art and story driving perspective, no. It can enhance or help reveal a characters personality, or show how two characters may care for each other. Like the death of story driving character, it can force strong emotions on the gamer (though it might make some feel uncomfortable). Often though, it gets gets used as glitter on a steaming pile of a game, which just worsens the rep. of sex in games.
From the perspective of trying to sell games, I'd guess the answer to 'should' it be there is no, as a substantial part of the population simply isn't comfortable with having sex there. And if it turns people away from buying a game that they might have otherwise, then why add it? Whether people should or shouldn't be comfortable with sexuality doesn't matter since you can't affect that situation much anyway.
Art vs accessibility, it should be up to the game studio's discretion.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2008 7:32:55 AM PDT
Mass Effect had a couple of sex scenes in it and I feel that it may not have added to the plot but it didn't hinder the progress or the qaulity of the game.I believe that if PG-13 or R rated movies can have sex scenes then why can't a video game??? After all videogames are very similiar to movies except instead of watching a character on screen you have the oppurtunity to control the character in a far more profound experience...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2008 11:57:10 AM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2007 9:55 PM PST
TampAGS says:
"I suspect for some, video game sex is the only kind they can get."

OMFG! I suspect for some, video game violence is the only kind I give out!

I can almost see a possible world where teens only have video game sex till adulthood, and then real sex afterwards! What an interesting possbility!

Not gonna happen, of course, but I thought that pathetic comment by TampAGS was pretty funny.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2008 6:43:34 PM PDT
D. E. Hoover says:
"Should sex be in video games?" A similar question is "Should sex be in film?" Another variation is "Should violence be in video games?" or "Should violence be in film?"

One cannot make an absolute judgement on this. Is there a fundamental difference between watching a cutscene in which a helpless victim is tortured and garroted by Manhunt's James Earl Cash and a cutscene in which Andrew Ryan screams "A man chooses! A slave obeys! Obey! " while Bioshock's Jack brains him with a golf club? Yes, I'd argue. Manhunt simply depicts violence for violence sake, a sadistic excess with no redeeming commentary or point. Bioshock makes a profound point, unrelenting and visceral, exploring hubris and forcing the player to question themselves and their actions.

If this applies to disturbing violence, can it not also be applied to erotic sex? Is Grand Theft Auto's hot coffee bonanza a worthy exploration of effective characterization? Is a loving union between an emotionally scarred Commander Shepard and a compassionate Liara T'Soni a necessary part of creating a compelling and believable narrative?

My answer to the initial question (is sex in video games acceptable?): only if its justifiable in the context of the story.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2008 10:01:43 PM PDT
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The sex scene/plot in Mass Effect was pulled off quite good imo. It was realistic but wasn't just tasteless digitial porn either.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 3:32:50 PM PDT
why is it that people are so opposed to sex in a video game? While you whittle away your hours sniping people, chopping their heads off, eviscerating, beating to a bloody pulp, stealing cars, breaking and entering, racketeering and alllllll other sorts of bad business, and SEX is offensive? whatever happened to make love not war? or hows about its a video game, made to entertain. movies entertain and often sex and violence go hand in hand with the movies. We don't play these games to learn life lessons folks. If you wanna get some morals. go to church.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 3:33:30 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 8, 2010 10:04:33 PM PDT
Samy Adams says:
just watch some porn separately instead. You would never get your missions done....unless the game was on how to be a porn director....

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 6:58:25 AM PDT
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At the end of the day, I say "Who cares?" Sex may create life, but food sustains. Who's to say just which between them, food or sex, is the more vital? And with all the references to food in games and the very real things that could happen to a person when they eat too much or too little, utter junk or healthy stuff, as well as the darker side of eating, cannibalism, you would think that there'd be people concerned, at the very least, about the presentation of food and references to eating in games, but they're not.

"Should" sex be in video games? I reiterate, Who cares? If the game's plot somehow has sex worked into it and it acutally helps to move the story forward somehow, sure, why not? That doesn't mean I'm going to buy the game just because. It'd have to be interesting to me, and even then, it depends on whether or not I have the money. Whether games feature actual sex scenes or not, it doesn't change the fact that eating also has horrible consequences given certain situations and conditions, but nobody's as up in arms over it as sex.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 2:08:04 PM PDT
the reason parents hide major profanities from their kids is because they're are trying to protect them,when in reality,they're making it worse. I was in a catholic elementary school,and by the time i was in 5th grade, i still didn't even know just HOW sex worked.Guess how i found out?PORN in 6th grade.I didnt use it for "personal pleasure"(which in catholic society is a sin for some odd reason),but for education.also,if you let a kid play violent/sexual video games, there are 2 theories about what will happen.Either they enjoy killing and/or having sex in video games, they become murderers or sex addicts.Or, they get out they're frustrations and,with parents influence,don't become murderers and/or sex addicts.

If you shelter a kid from something,he/she is just going to be more interested in it if you didn't shelter him/her.

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Posted on Oct 14, 2010 4:57:00 PM PDT
Mass effect handled it well. I think relevancy to character/storyline and/or progression is a big deal. I don't think sex scenes in Hanna Montana would do well. It all has to be tastily delivered. A thing I will always remember is in fallout one or two you could get a damsel in distress to have sex with you to save her husband and then say you weren't going to save him. That was my favourite all time most evil thing to do. Pity it isn't in the new ones.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2010 2:32:30 AM PDT
but you think that exploding heads with a kill shot is ok? boy are you backwards. Why is it ok to have violence and not sex? BTW. its not 'out in the open'. that's why there are RATINGS.

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 10:53:23 AM PDT
Dragon Age: Origins accents relationships with your party members and there are a few with which sex is possible if you've increased your approval rating of them. The one time a dialogue resulted in a love scene, it was tastefully done and was meant to show I suppose the culmination of the main character's relationship with that party member.

A post way back at the beginning perfectly iterated the fact that the US is incredibly anti-sex, but perfectly happy with violence. Sex between two consenting adults is perfectly natural (straight, gay, lesbian) and is usually a great way to express affection and love between them. If a video game chooses to include it, then it should be no different than if it includes violence, which realistically desensitizes people to it - and isn't that far worse? In the end it's personal choice to purchase or play the video game, and it's no one else's concern if that person chooses to do so.

So many people in this country think they have the right to arbitrate another person's behavior, desires, etc., even if on a whole they are normal and healthy. At times the puritanical forefront that we portray makes us seem unevolved and embarrassed by our own behavior and desires, but in the end, self-acceptance and understanding would go a long way to making people less fearful and hateful. Unfortunately, America often takes the stance of crusader but forgets that most of the world does not necessarily agree with its stance or beliefs.

Sex is not the enemy.

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 12:46:40 PM PDT
Nagoragama says:
If it adds to the game, absolutely.

If it detracts from the game, or doesn't fit in the game, no.

This is all that matters.

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Posted on Oct 16, 2010 4:22:54 PM PDT
S. O'Shea says:
Bottom Line sex shouldnt be in video games unless needed and games DONT!!!! I REPEAT DONT!!!!!!! need it!

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 12:52:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 17, 2010 12:54:34 PM PDT
Wow what amazing facts you have totally swawed my opinion, Next we should protest sex on TV and movies. Dare I say it we could outlaw it. Its not natural this sex thing, its disgusting animals do it.

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 1:36:54 PM PDT
A. A. says:
They're aren't enough games with sex in it. Who hasn't wanted to see Mario stick it in Princess Peach and eat a mushroom during it
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