The US campaign group Morality in Media, which now calls itself the National Center for Sexual Exploitation as if it was some sort of state institution, has whinged at the video games distribution platform, Steam.
The group complains that
Steam allows multiple games on the platform portraying sexual violence, including Mirror, Love Vibe: Aria, My Servant and the Stranger Astensia, and House Party.
The platform made a June 2018 decision to minimise
censorship and allow all types of games except for ones that are illegal, or straight up trolling.
Morality in Media particularly points out:
Mirror that depicts rape scenes and even has a meter to measure the amount of pain and discomfort being inflicted by the player,
My Servant and the Stranger Astensia that promotes rape scenes and sexual harassment, and
that contains nudity, sex via intoxication, blackmail and deception. Steam has reportedly updated House Party to censor nudity, MiM added.
Executive Director of MiM Dawn Hawkins said in a statement:
Parents need to know that these games normalize the sexual use, and often abuse, of others. When video games include sexually graphic and degrading themes,
the user is not only a voyeur but an active participant in staging the scene. Steam should immediately change its policies to stop hosting such sexually explicit material,
To make matters worse, since Steam implemented an
'anything goes' policy with few exceptions, sexually exploitative games on Steam have skyrocketed, going from just over 700 games tagged for the keyword nudity in 2017 to now 3,911 in 2020.