The Year In Video Game Sex, 2017

 Illustration: Angelica Alzona
Illustration: Angelica Alzona

In 2017, the proverbial sex game dam broke, allowing Steam to seemingly flood with sex games. Sex games have always existed of course, but after they started to pile up on Steam’s ‘new releases’ tab every week, they almost started to feel mainstream.

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Elsewhere, smaller sex games from a wide variety of voices continued to push the boundaries of intimate interactive experiences, though the changing regulations on the platforms that host and finance these games threatens to push some of these creators out.

And of course, there was a lot of lusting over fictional characters in 2017, much of it happening around Overwatch or Nintendo games. Never change, internet.

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Here’s a look at some of our biggest sex stories of the year.

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DISCUSSION

I know that some people are going to see this consolidation as strange, or think it weird that Kotaku covers video game sex, or that sex even appears in video games.

However, I think it’s strange that it’s an area that is still viewed with such mysticism. Sex is such a natural and essential part of being human, and it makes sense that games that seek to express the human condition in various ways beyond “acting violently on the game world while collecting stuff” would delve into sex and sexuality.

Though I haven’t yet played the game due to time constraints, I was glad to see Witcher 3's nuanced take on human relationships. I hope we see more games like it.