PSXE Poll Update: Sex In Games Is Mostly Acceptable
It's one of the hottest topics in the gaming community today, and we asked you guys what you thought about sexual content in video games.
As it turns out, the vast majority of you are okay with it, and at the very least, sex can serve a purpose if the storyline and plot calls for it. Some are still very much against the idea, though, and we imagine that this will be a debate that lasts for a very long time...perhaps forever. For our part, we figure it's a fairly cut-and-dry situation: if you are attempting to tell a story that would logically include sexual situations, then with the technology we have, we shouldn't pass on that necessary content. But if it's merely there to titillate the adolescent masses, than no, it doesn't deserve to be part of the production. Really, it's the same stance we have for movies, too; if it enriches the story, use it. If not, lose it. Of course, not everyone thinks it's so simple; there may be religious aspects to the thought process, or some might just frown on sex in any form of entertainment. After all, it was something our grandparents considered to be private and even sacred; putting it on display all the time tends to take away from the emotional aspect of sex.
See it how you see fit. But now, we have to move on to this week's poll question: with the sheer number of games heading to Hollywood and the silver screen, do you think we'll ever seen an upward trend in terms of quality? I think we can all agree that at the time being, the transition from games to film is usually mediocre at best, and it's often disastrous. So what do you think? Are they ever gonna get this right? Or will the two industries always be at odds?
8/16/2009 Ben Dutka