Steam is just about ready to allow uncensored adult games with the approval of their first uncensored adult game. If everything goes well, the spicy visual novel Negligee: Love Stories will be the first game to be released uncensored.
A sexy milestone.
Last week, Valve added some new tools that help change how it filters sexual and violent content. As it turns out, this was a prelude to a big update to the Marketplace. An adult visual novel called Negligee: Love Stories has been approved for an uncensored release on the Marketplace. The game was originally held up in approval limbo while the filter tools were being developed. Interestingly enough, Steam’s list of disallowed media still forbids pornography, despite the game’s Kickstarter being very apparent about what it is.
How do you decide if you want to see these kinds of games? There are options in your Steam Preferences page, accessed by clicking your name in the upper-right corner of the window, to block search content if it contains frequent violence/gore, nudity/sexual content, or “adult only sexual content”. Users also require a confirmation before entering if they click on content with violent/sexual content.
Rock Paper Shotgun made an observation about the filtering and how it’s based off of American sensibilities:
While a little hazy, the definition between Sexual Content and Adult Only Sexual Content seems to be in explicit focus. The Witcher 3, Path Of Exile and Conan Exiles are marked as games containing nudity, but a few previously-borderline games like Ladykiller In A Bind, Waifu School (ugh) and Bloody Boobs (URGH) fall into the new category. A very American divide – no level of ultra-violence can be considered worthy of being Adult Only, but the moment someone’s pants come off with salacious intent, it’s a whole new ball game – pun fully intended.
We can expect more games like Negligee to be published on the Marketplace in the coming days. Through this, we can get an idea of where Valve draws the line. If/When a game gets banned (and isn’t a troll), it will set a major precedent.