Steam once again removes game for adult content

Steam once again removes game for adult content

Valve's weird attitude towards sex strikes once again.

In a post on Gamasutra, James Cox of Seemingly Pointless, the developer behind You Must Be 18 or Older to Enter, a game about hiding pornography from your parents, says the title was removed from Steam after it was decided it was porn.

The developer has said that the game is not porn, and says he hopes that Valve reverses the decision.

"While I eagerly hope that Valve reverses their decision (especially since You Must be 18 or Older to Enter is not legally porn), from our correspondence, it’s looking grim," Cox said.

"Besides, how often can someone claim to have made a horror game so real it got banned on Steam? Regardless of the outcome, I am eternally thankful and grateful to everyone who has experienced it, wrote about it, shared it, and Let’s Played it."

Cox compared the game to the adult content in Saint's Row the Third, which featured a level in which the player character is naked and fighting in a BDSM club. Despite featuring blurring censorship, the game, Cox argues, is more explicit than his title.

"The special treatment that You Must be 18 or Older to Enter received has to do with how it was constructed, and how it actively asks the player questions about their relationship with adult topics," he said.

"For starters, You Must be 18 or Older to Enter isn’t a sexy game, but it is about exploring a sexual world, and it wants you to think about how scary that can be."

 The last time this topic reared its head was the - totally justifiable - removal of House Party from Steam

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