Friday, 15 January 2016
Steam Censorship: What's The Point?
So for a while new Steam have been providing a few VNs and other games that are a bit more adult in nature. What I mean by this is that they are flat out selling porn games (known as Eroge in Japan) except they cut out all the porn. Now I'm not going to get all angry at not being able to see anime characters fucking in my steam games but the whole thing seems completely pointless.
Why bother releasing something which you KNOW going in is an Eroge or some kind of porno game and make it available on Steam with all the tits and fucking cut out? When people buy these kind of games, about 70% of the time they are buying them FOR the tits and fucking. After experimenting with the genre a little bit over the years I have found a fairly sizeable number of pornographic games which either have really good plots to follow or have solid game play. Big famous examples of these porn games with a bit more than meets the eye are things like Yume Miru Kusuri and Sengoku Rance. The first telling a gut wrenching story about bullying and being true to oneself while the other plays like a Total War title where victory is rewarded with sex scenes. Both are solid titles that stand up without the porn, but there's porn included for people who need some....release and that's probably why they bought them in the first place.
In some cases I've seen games on Steam where this censorship for all ages has actually affected reviews from users. One game in particular that I came across (I forget the name, but I'll edit if I find it again) had a bunch of negative reviews from people who had played the non steam version because plot important shit only found in the sex scenes had been cut from the game and the Steam version of this title was therefore incomplete.
Why censor these games at all? Just have a 18+ section or some shit where you can provide these games in their original, uncensored form for the people that want them and then younger users or people who aren't interested know what those games contain before they even click the games store page. Otherwise, why bother putting Eroge on Steam at all? The tits, fucking and cute anime girls are the genres main selling people and you're taking 2/3s of that content out so you're just shooting yourself in the foot. Why would anyone buy a game like that on Steam when they can get the version with the goodies somewhere else? The only reason I can think is if they didn't know it was an Eroge before they bought it but then again people who enjoy this genre are fairly well clued in about it so I imagine that number of people is rather small.
Either sell porn games or don't. There is no point providing them if you're going to censor them other than trying to score a quick buck off ignorant users. I'm sure if you labelled it probably no one would give a shit. That said, Steam is too lazy to properly label their early access bullshit on the listings so they would probably be too lazy to do this too.