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Why does the game industry push for sex? – warsong




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A lot of places in the game industry from the games to the official events and such seem to push for sexual themes.

For example this video game TV show shows them joining up with porno stars, interviewing them and praising them. The president of the E3 is an atheist but many of the people in the game community are atheists and they boast about it sometimes. Even the last game awards show they have porn stars giving awards and saying sexual innuendoes and all the kids that have no lives cheer, you donít see that in other well respect businesses do those things.

Some example titles are "Cell Phone Sex Games", Exclusive: Jana Cova Speaks On Sex, Porn & VideogamesĒ or porn star.. looking for real people with real fantasies." and some other more extreme things they say and show on tv which always mixing sexual content with game reviews for some odd reason.

I go to one site to look at a game and they are endorses by site and the site talks about non gaming things.
It seems like the entire game industry is reply on graphics, sex, and violence. Japan is immoral in its culture but it seems that the American and European audience want to beat them which is no surprise games like GTA does better outside of the US.

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zookey

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I read a letter to the editor in Time Magazine once from a female gamer. She was commenting to a statement Nintendo made in the previous issue regarding how the Wii will attract female gamers because it is different and non-threatening---she replied, "There is a ton of us (female gamers) already, we just don't want to play games that treat us like eye candy--we want games that have females in the same roles as males--we like adventuring too!" I think that this moral vaccum that some higher ups in the industry are in creats the perfect opportunity for us to lead by example--create female characters within our own games that are NOT eye candy and have the same dignity and respect and power as their male counterparts---I think the world would be very suprised at how much a game would sell if the makers had the guts to do what the world wouldn't and treat the female characters as equals to the male--I think most guys wouldn't be offended or care and alot of the female gamers out there would feel empowered and want to support the game because it treats them with dignity!

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NetCog

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this might be overly simplistic but then again it might not...

Sin is in the world...why question it. Rather respond correctly for yourself and encouragement for those in your periphery.

Why is the game industry largly morally bankrupt? Why is the movie business the same? Why is the TV industry the same? Why is the book industry the same? Why is the academic world or the politic world the same? Why is there such a thing as "dock worker" language, to "curse like a sailor"?

It's like asking why the sky is blue or why the earth rotates?

Granted those are because God made the universe's physical laws in that manner and sin is per our choice, but the answer is basically the same - "Because."

*shrug*. Man is sinful...nuff said. Now what are _you_ going to do about it?
That girl's response and the efforts of the christian (or the few other non-christian but pro-establishment principle groups) to make quality that sells is appropriate.

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I agree NetCog. It's good to talk about this stuff and point it out, but after all is said and done...........what happens AFTER?

If we just keep TALKING about the problems of the world and NOT do ANYTHING, we will keep talking about the problems! lol!

But that is where Christian games can make a difference, I use to think everything has been done.....what can I make in a game? But I realized that was a lie, there is something that can be done! The world is going one way, the way of sin, if we come out and push the world the other way we will be noticed! Now let's get out and there and make a Godly game!

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dartsman

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For example this video game TV show shows them joining up with porno stars, interviewing them and praising them. The president of the E3 is an atheist but many of the people in the game community are atheists and they boast about it sometimes. Even the last game awards show they have porn stars giving awards and saying sexual innuendoes and all the kids that have no lives cheer, you donít see that in other well respect businesses do those things.

I agree...

I wonder if it could be possible to place a fair bit of the blame on Marketing/Advertising. As most would know, there are constantly TV ads, billboards and the like which are pushing the moral bounds of society. Restrictions on what can be aired on the TV is a JOKE! Especially here in Australia... Ads have aired for quiet some time before they have been taken off air.

BTW, have you seen E3 Access (2005, actually any one)? If so, notice all those booth babes. Let alone with the launch of say that Playboy Mansion game...

Why does the game industry push for sex?

Quiet simply, because there are people out there who would buy it. There wouldn't be a need for a game which contains sex, if there wasn't a possiblity that the game would make money. Although I guess there could be the 1 or 2 studios who would push the boundary to get "noticed". Supply and demand is the sad answer to the question. It's a sad fact, but true...

Though there is hope. In a report of the Top 10 games of 2004 (I think it was 2004, could have been an earlier year), all except 1 were PG rated or below. That 1 game was GTA Vice City.

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Matty

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Hi all:

It goes without saying (but I shall say it) Satan is still running rampant; the major difference now is that the dark predator (Satan) has so many more resources to exploit:mass-produced Vid games, pointless movies, billions of books, bank-funded politics (spread by satellites) and... the Internet-- technology in general.

Why is sex so prevelant in video games? Simply because it stands now as a major portal to a future, economic demographic-- young males. Why does this form of corrupted sex sell? Sex is easy to "fall" to and it can be implanted internally as an addiction (similar to gambling, drugs, etc.) Couple this with desire(s) and our Fall from Grace, and a corporation has a potent asset-forming weapon in their arsenal, a railgun of Sin with some high-end graphics. It is a form of brainwashing. We must work to stem this tide and meet Satan on the battlefield. We can do this and with Jesus at the helm, our strategy is simple: pray and work for a new day.

I LOVE video games (maybe a little TOOO much ) but I also see, just like with music, one must show care to be careful where they adventure.

Matthew

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In the US, the video game industry has a very low percentage of Christians versus the actual population. I heard one guy say that at his game studio (a division of EA) it was about 2% Christians. On average in the US about 47% of the population attends church (2000 census) and more than 60% claim to be Christian. The industry will not change much in response to legislation or external pressures. Christians boycotting certain studios will not even do much. We have to be the industry, change it from the inside. If 98% of the population of a game studio doesn't have a moral foundation, why should we expect the games to be moral? So, if you want to see change, be the change. Get hired at a big studio. If the influence of one believer can change the course of a nation (Daniel, Joseph, etc.), then he or she certainly can change the course of a simple game studio.

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create female characters within our own games that are NOT eye candy and have the same dignity and respect and power as their male counterparts---I think the world would be very suprised at how much a game would sell if the makers had the guts to do what the world wouldn't and treat the female characters as equals to the male--I think most guys wouldn't be offended or care and alot of the female gamers out there would feel empowered and want to support the game because it treats them with dignity!

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Interesting comments

Maybe we should only buy games from Japan since the American companies like every other form of entertainment is trying to go against Christian view.

I guess the extreme left it is doing well but you can tell who is tough by not being influenced or buying their products to support their causes.

zookey

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LOL I would totally support buying games from Japan since most of my games are already from there anyways--and don't discount the games that make it big and DON'T support sexual innuendo--I didn't see anything especially perverse in Half-Life 2 (haven't played it in a while but nothing rushes to memory)---instead of just constantly complaining about the issue stand up and be the difference--and I mean that by developing games that have a high moral standard (yet still a high level of action) and a high level of quality then put it out there---one great way would be to rent games like GTA and play them--write on a notepad what you like and don't like--then rent another game and repeat--then, once your list is quite extensive (and I don't necessarily mean story stuff like hookers in the game--I mean basic story ideas and basic gameplay ideas and basic graphic ideas--you need the three of those most!) then try to build a game idea around those positive traits and tweak those traits a bit and mix them in a way that makes it your own--then seek a team and try your best to rock it--if it is good and has the heart in the right place God will bless it and people will get behind it!

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dartsman

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right on josh...

Especially considering that this is the Christian Coders Network :P Most people here should be able to flesh out some sort of engine, or at least have some 3rd party engine, to which they can prototype their game.

Its just like when people complain about a game. Well if you have the need and the means, you can easily create that game and change what you were complaining about. There was a beta demo of a 2d top view alien shooter which my friends and I used to play. Only problem, only one map. Well I kept complaining, and so my mate told me to do something about it. So I spent some time and made a rather shoddy remake of it. I also created a Level Editor so that I could have as many levels as my heart desired This was also about 3-4 years ago, before I had fully learned C++ I used FMOD and OpenGL. Also, funny enough, I didn't know about C++ classes hehe, the code now scares me that it even worked :P

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