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Trashy sex game House Party pulled from Steam

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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

15 Comments

  1. Umar

    July 28, 2017 at 08:23

    When in doubt, blame SJWs.

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    • Ottokie

      July 28, 2017 at 08:40

      And if you really want to let them have it, blame the millennials.

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      • Umar

        July 28, 2017 at 08:44

        I heard Millennials and SJW’s will bring about the end of the world.

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        • Original Heretic

          July 28, 2017 at 09:05

          The end of their own worlds, perhaps.
          Then again, getting the wrong flavour of coffee is the end of the world to them.
          “I asked for PUMPKIN SPICE, not CINNAMON!! *sob* my life is over, it’s the end of the world!”

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      • Magoo

        July 28, 2017 at 10:04

        MAXIMUM TRIGGERED

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  2. Craig "CrAiGiSh" Dodd

    July 28, 2017 at 08:31

    VR … so bad …

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  3. Gavin Mannion

    July 28, 2017 at 08:37

    hmm it’s douchey but is it really worse than games that have us killing innocent people etc? I’m not a fan of companies imposing their morals on people.

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  4. Original Heretic

    July 28, 2017 at 09:10

    “Society as a whole views sex and nudity as a greater evil than murder and death.”

    This is a very Amercian point of view. They’re the ones who started this. They’re very happy to release violent movies, but show one tit and suddenly the rating slapped on it is R.
    Europeans are the other way around, mostly. Sex and nudity, no problem. Violence is much more taboo.

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  5. Carlos

    July 28, 2017 at 09:36

    This is a very trashy game and arguably offensive too. Also a rather technically flawed one. But I think Steam should have talked to the developer first and let him implemented the necessary censoring or modifications, rather than remove it from the store. Beyond that point, whatever people want to do with their games or with the assistance of mods and external patches shouldn’t be anyone’s concern.

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  6. For the Emperor!

    July 28, 2017 at 10:33

    I was thinking “what is wrong with this”, then I got to “then blackmailing her to perform sexual act” and I got what was wrong. The “fratboy culture” thing doesn’t bother me (not that I myself ever was part of such nonsense)

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  7. noxteryn

    July 28, 2017 at 19:06

    Dude, you either support all artistic freedom or none of it. Your “I’m not puritanical, but” sounds awfully like “I’m not racist, but”. Guess what? Different people enjoy different things in erotica. Just because YOU don’t like something doesn’t make it “trash”, and it definitely doesn’t make it unworthy of existing in the market. Using words like “misogynistic”, “vulgar”, “douchey”, “rapey”, only
    proves your regressive and conservative attitude. Humans are sexual
    beings. Exploring and expressing our sexuality is not sexist and it’s
    definitely not “trashy”. Sexuality is not inherently immoral. Many men and women enjoy exploring fantastical themes like rape or coercive sex in a safe and controlled environment, and what better way to do such a thing than in a video game? You’re not only a bigot, but you’re actively holding video games, as an artistic medium, back. No one is harmed by these video games, dude. Fantasies are all about imagination, and imagination happens exclusively in the brain. Stop trying to police other people’s thoughts.

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  8. Midnattsol

    July 29, 2017 at 01:02

    This is censored but Ladykiller in a Bind is still on Steam, uncensored. Major doublestandard.

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