Something people have been talking about for a long time now, and it’s finally been verified. And it’s something that pisses me off. Why? Because now we have a major gaming platform that has openly admitted that it is going to censor the free expression of those who make gaming content. It’s bullshit. Weapons grade bullshit. It will stifle creativity, and what’s more, I think it is going to fuck up one of the games I am most excited for. I’m talking about Sony finally admitting that they are censoring sexually explicit content in gaming. Here’s a link to an article, now let’s talk about it.
In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, Sony said that they are placing a strict limit on the sexual content that comes to games that go to the PS4. Why? Why do you think? Because of all the #MeToo bullshit. I should have seen this coming. I really should have. When Spider-Man: Homecoming had Mary Jane be SJW-tastic, I should have seen this coming. Of all the movies that are basically Social Justice: The Movie, they seem to oscillate between Disney and Sony. But now it’s finally come to their console. It pisses me off.
I mean, why?! Oh right, because they don’t want to “inhibit the sound growth and development of younger players.” What a crock of shit. But the source I cited did point out that the reason for this is almost certainly because of the fact that the PS4 is so big on streaming. It’s a key part of the console’s features. So naturally, young people can see games with naughty naughty things in them. You know, because parents exist now just to put their kids in front of screens. So the social justice gaming journalism circle-jerk has certainly written about this ad nauseum. They’ve been trumpeting this shit for as long as I’ve been alive.
The source I cited definitely is pro-social justice. They make a point in a positive that Sony is “taking a critical look at how game’s content portrays women.” Yeah, because these digital women who don’t actually exist in the real world need to be protected, right? Because fuck a developer’s creative freedom. We have Sony being puritans. This is such bullshit. I wonder what would happened to Quiet in Metal Gear Solid V on their console if the game had been released now.
What’s more, Sony acknowledges that devs don’t like this, but their response – deal with it. That’s just brilliant. Creative freedom?! Fuck that! Artistic expression and not stifling the artist?! But women, Lucien! And I can already hear the social justice wankers response – if you don’t like it, don’t play it. You know, maybe yeah. I’m a console pleb. Been all my life. It’s easy. You just buy a game, put the disc in, and play it. That convenience has always been valuable to me. But now I have my console of choice telling me, flat-out, that I can’t trust what they release anymore. That now everything that comes to them goes through a puritanical censor first.
The reason this makes me so upset is that one of the games that I am most stoked for this year, Cyberpunk 2077, has already said that they are going to have explicit content in the game. You can date, hook up with character in the game. There’s also the fact that it’s a violent world where bad things happen to men and women. Like in that demo where you see the naked bodies in the bathtub and you have to pull one of them out. Guess that’s out in the game! Same with scenes where if I choose to foster any relationships, I guess I get the neutered version of any intimacy. It’s all such bullshit!
I like games where I can build relationships with characters. It’s a big part of why I game. So the fact that we have a company who has said that this new project, that looks so fucking awesome, also has that factor and even has it that you can grow relationships and get intimate? That’s cool! Wish I got to see Shepherd and Garrus hook up in the Mass Effect games. Femshep was my girl, and Garrus is the coolest bro ever. The thing that will never be.
One developer rightly pointed out that if you stifle the creativity of developers, you just push this stuff into niches. And they will. And people will go there. Whether it’s to get their pervvy fix, or to get a game that isn’t afraid to go physical with stuff. They will go to where the content is. It’s funny, but people have defended game companies kowtowing to social justice by saying that they don’t want to lose customers. I guess Sony is cool losing revenue too. Because how much money will they lose on people going somewhere else? Fucking Nintendo is letting explicit content onto their console! Nintendo! They are the family friendly icon, Sony! What the fuck is your excuse?! Oh right – Wahmen.
Creative freedom is looking more and more uncertain in the years to come. I don’t like that. I believe that all ideas and expression belong in the open marketplace of ideas. But I know that I am in a minority on that. A real shame, but whatever. In the meantime – you fuck with my Cyberpunk 2077, Sony, and there will be Hell to pay!
Until next time, a quote,
“Won’t somebody PLEASE think of the children?!” – Helen Lovejoy, The Simpsons