A sex comedy video game called House Party was briefly removed from Steam, North America's largest online store for PC games, sparking debate over its policies on nudity and sexual content.
In House Partyby Florida-based Eek! Games, you play a man socializing with the other mostly female party-goers. You spend most of your time flirting with impossibly buxom women in the hopes of an explicit, on-screen romantic encounter. You'll also be given minor tasks by other attendees, like looking for the party host's phone or finding painkillers for a hung-over party-goer.
Reaction to House Party has been mixed, but enthusiastic either way. Videos of popular YouTubers like Sean jacksepticeye McLoughlin and Canadian Matt Shea shouting incredulously at the game's salacious humour have been viewed millions of times. Rock Paper Shotgun's John Walker, meanwhile, called it "misogynistic," while also panning its "ugly" visuals and the clunky, glitchy way characters move around the house.
After about a month on Steam's digital shelves, House Party vanished.
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According to a blog post by Eek! Games' Bobby Ricci, Valve the company behind Steam said it was removed for "pornography" and wouldn't be allowed back until changes to the game's content were made. Early Saturday, the game was re-added to Steam, but with the on-screen nudity censored.
Players who buy it can still download a patch file from Eek! Games' site to reinstate all of the nudity that was removed. The file is named f—kcensorship.
According to Gamesindustry. Ricci told Gamesindustry.
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He said the change was made "to adjust it to our own tastes with how far we were willing to let this scene go, but that's a judgement call every developer should have the right to make and not be questioned. Canadian gamer and cosplayer Azzyland posted a video featuring House Party on her YouTube channel, but she refrained from recording more after viewing these scenarios.
While Steam is home to many games with racy content, very few with nudity make it though, making House Party something of an anomaly.
Another exception, the award-winning erotic visual novel Ladykiller in a Bind by Toronto-based Christine Love, launched last year on other online stores, but was eventually approved for its uncensored release on Steam. House Party had only been on Steam for about a month it's been available on smaller digital stores since February but, through it, brought in about 40 per cent of its roughly 35, sales so far. Ricci says he plans to add options to play as a woman and pursue gay or lesbian romantic encounters, leading up to House Party 's version 1.
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The implications of an independent studio or creator's game getting pulled from Steam can be ificant. With over million registered users, visibility on Steam can make the difference between profitability and failure. Valve, also the makers of classic games like Half-Life and Portalhas earned reams of goodwill from gamers thanks to its regular sales that apply deep discounts to games. But it's also been criticized for being a black box that rarely speaks to media or its community about its business decisions. Entertainment Raunchy sex comedy game House Party briefly removed from PC store Steam A sex comedy video game called House Party was briefly removed from Steam, North America's largest online store for PC games, sparking debate over the platform's policies on nudity and sexual content.
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