House Party, a game about getting wasted and trying to have digital girls to have sex with you has been yanked from Steam. The game proved controversial, with claims that it was misogynistic and vulgur.
The whole thing seems firmly rooted in fratboy culture, with a large focus on smooth-talking, fighting other men, and coercing women to unclothe. After a month on the service, Valve has pulled it – though a “watered-down” version may see it return.
While I’m not the puritanical sort, and I believe that people should make the games they want to make, there is some genuinely questionable content in House Party, One mission, as an example, has you hacking a woman’s phone, then blackmailing her to perform sexual acts lest you share intimate pictures of her online. It’s a little rapey, and completely douchey.
Of course, the developer is blaming the game’s removal on the sex and nudity as opposed to the questionable content.
“I understand where Steam is coming from,” developer Eek says in a blog post. “They are responding to an alarming societal perception of sex and nudity as something evil, even more so than murder, genocide, torture, and gore which is widely accepted and prevalent in most other video games that are offered up on Steam and many other gaming platforms.
“I don’t agree with Steam’s decision, but I respect it. I was hoping that their allowance of the game for well over a month, during which time it has been a top seller, was indicative of Steam stepping forward and acknowledging this hypocrisy and taking a stance on it, but it seems the removal was either a case of the game falling through the cracks, or a response from the pressure of the community members who were very aggressively calling for Steam’s removal of the game at the expense of those who enjoy it.
“I am most upset about the people who have bought and enjoy the game, who will now receive a ‘watered down’ version of the game because for some groups, it’s not enough to boycott or ignore a product they don’t like. They have to ensure nobody else is allowed to enjoy it also.”
That’s a nice bit of spin and to some extent, I do agree. Society as a whole views sex and nudity as a greater evil than murder and death. I also believe that adults should be allowed to make their own choices – but that doesn’t make House Party any less trashy.
Last Updated: July 28, 2017