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Old August 9th, 2009, 09:56 PM   #1
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seen these 2 on aol news. http://www.gamedaily.com/games/mass-...video-games%2F

"Utter the phrase, "sex in video games," and you're likely to get a torrent of heated opinions from both video game players and people who've never touched a game controller. Some nerves are still raw over 2005's highly publicized Grand Theft Auto "hot coffee" scandal, when savvy players discovered a deleted sex scene in the game's code. The resulting firestorm launched political protests and several lawsuits, leading publisher Rockstar to offer a rebate to offended gamers (the game sold over 21 million copies, and 2,700 people took advantage of the offer).

More recently, a 2007 game called 'Mass Effect' came under fire on Fox News, thanks to a steamy scene between a human and an alien, which had pundits on both sides talking for months.

Even with all of the controversy, game makers are certainly not shying away from adding explicit content to their productions. Vocal opponents might say it's only going to get "worse." This year alone, there are at least three major games likely to include some not-safe-for-kids antics -- 'Mass Effect 2,' 'Dragon Age' and 'Alpha Protocol' -- will all include some kind of adult sexual content, and if they're successful, we're certain more will follow suit.

Greg Zeschuk, co-founder of BioWare, the company responsible for the 'M'-Rated Dragon Age and the Mass Effect games, says that including sex is just the evolution of video games from a kids-only medium to something more serious and sophisticated.

Brief History of Sex in Games
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Dragon Age: Origins 2009

Dragon Age: Origins, another role-playing game by the creators of Mass Effect, will also contain sex scene that players can choose to participate in. The game arrives later this year, and we're sure that scenes (like the one pictured above) will raise eyebrows once the game hits the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in October.

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Dragon Age: Origins 2009

Dragon Age: Origins, another role-playing game by the creators of Mass Effect, will also contain sex scene that players can choose to participate in. The game arrives later this year, and we're sure that scenes (like the one pictured above) will raise eyebrows once the game hits the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in October.
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Brief History of Sex in Games

Custer's Revenge (1982)

This adults-only game for the Atari starred General Custer, who wearing only a hat, boots, gloves and handkerchief, must avoid an onslaught of arrows to have his way with a Native American woman named "Revenge."

This game received backlash from women's, anti-porn groups and Native American special interest groups who deemed the adult 8-bit game offensive.

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Leisure Suit Larry (1987-present)

Leisure Suit Larry is a loser who can't ever seem to get lucky (or stay lucky), even after 20-something years of giving it his best effort. And that's what these games area all about -- trying to bag buxom babes using by posing, competing in fashion shows or complete corny mini-games like guiding a sperm safely through rows of eggs.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider (1996-present)Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004)

In 2005, the makers of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (released in '04) found themselves in the middle of a world-wide controversy after someone discovered a sex mini-game hidden in the code.

The mini-game, nick-named 'Hot Coffee' game, caused an uproar in the media, followed by protests and several lawsuits.


Lara Croft hit the scene in 1996, in the era when 3-D graphics in games were coming of age. In Lara's case, that meant she was able to sport large bosoms, the likes of which had never been seen before in games.

After the first two Tomb Raider games hit in the '90s, a modder created a 'Nude Raider' patch which, if installed, would render Lara in the buff in the game. The game's developer Core sued the responsible parties, but that hasn't stopped copycats from creating nude patches for almost every Tomb Raider game since.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004)

In 2005, the makers of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (released in '04) found themselves in the middle of a world-wide controversy after someone discovered a sex mini-game hidden in the code.

The mini-game, nick-named 'Hot Coffee' game, caused an uproar in the media, followed by protests and several lawsuits.

God of War II

One could, arguably, say that the Hot Coffee incident emboldened game makers to add steamier scenes into their products -- with full disclosure of course.

God of War II took full advantage of this, adding a sex mini-game that, if completed, restores protagonist Kratos' health entirely.

The PSP spin-off, God of War: Chains of Olympus also included a sex mini-game (image above) with the same restorative benefits.

Mass Effect (2007)

The media lit up after a Fox News guest said this sci-fi role-playing game featured graphic sex and full frontal nudity. While players can choose to engage in an erotic scene with a blue alien named Liara, it's just as tame as sex scenes on a network TV show.

Dragon Age: Origins 2009

Dragon Age: Origins, another role-playing game by the creators of Mass Effect, will also contain sex scene that players can choose to participate in. The game arrives later this year, and we're sure that scenes (like the one pictured above) will raise eyebrows once the game hits the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in October.


"I think from our perspective we want to reflect real human relationships... And if that involves some sort of intimate scenes, we want to provide those for the player," Zeschuk says.

In another recent interview, Alpha Protocol lead designer Chris Avellone, also defends his decision to include sex in his game by saying it adds a level of depth to the interaction between two characters.

"I think it's an important step, and it's not sex for sex's sake, but it's part of human interaction that makes you more involved in the game world and your characters," he says. "Just like in the real world, sex runs the range from entertainment to a symbol of the depth of feeling between two people, and not having that reflected in a role-playing experience feels does RPGs an injustice."

It's important to point out that all the games mentioned this piece are 'M' for Mature Rating (the video game equivalent of an 'R'-rated movie), meaning that the video game ratings board, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), has deemed them appropriate for ages 17 and older. So it's worth comparing the appropriateness of sex in games to what the average 17-year-old is seeing on the TV or in movie theaters on a regular basis.

On the other side of the equation, a recent survey found that -- despite these facts -- parents still seem more concerned about sex in games than violence in games.
In the unscientific poll, posted on WhatTheyPlay.com, people were asked which was more offensive in games: a severed head, men kissing, use of profanity or heterosexual sex. Heterosexual acts between a man and a woman were deemed the most offensive (37%), followed by men kissing (27%) and then a severed head at 26%.

We also see this sentiment echoed in the video game ratings board, which has asked developers to cut out sex-scenes -- even in M-rated games -- to make them palatable for U.S. audiences.

"I worked on Fahrenheit (known as Indigo Prophecy in the States) and had to cut the sex scenes out of the game for the U.S.," said Constantine Hantzopoulos told ArsTechnica. "Yes, I was the guy that did that. It sucked because I don't believe in that, right. But you've got to do what you've got to do."

So how much is too much sex? That answer will largely depend on who is playing the games. Game creators make a compelling argument for including sex in games, when appropriate. Mature scenes can add to character development, and it punctuates that games aren't just for kids anymore -- they've evolved into a more mature entertainment medium (stats show the average gamer is now age 35), competing directly with TV and box office sales.

It's unrealistic to expect that video games won't suffer any more growing pains at the hands of concerned citizens -- that should be expected. However, as this younger generation of devoted gamers turns into parents and politicians, we're certain to see a much different reception for gaming as an entertainment art form"

also http://www.asylum.com/2009/08/06/sin...-wear-pants%2F

"For those unaware, the Kool-Aid man, who was retired as live action character in the 90s, has finally returned in all of his non-computer generated glory.

Actually, not quite all of his glory. For the updated version of the classic pitchman has something he never had before: Pants! In the latest commercials, Kool-Aid man is wearing fat guy cargo pants. Looking like Bobby Hill was never part of Kool-Aid man's M.O. before, and suddenly he's wearing short pants while he runs on the beach? Huh?

When did this happen?

See a shameful video and hear our theories after the jump.


The Kool-Aid Man, who was originally called the Pitcher Man, has been making children want to drink sugar water with ascorbic acid and red dye number 5 thrown in since 1954. But it wasn't until 1975, when he was given arms and legs and started appearing in TV ads, that he became an icon of vandalism and poor volume control. He would burst through any wall and scream "Oh yeah!" for no reason whatsoever. And, generally speaking, he was loved for it.

He was a shining example of how you could become a success in the cruel and often fickle world of Hollywood, despite having a glaring obesity issue. But now he's a shell of his former self.

While we're forced to conclude that Kool-Aid man's long absence had something to do with indecency laws, (parents and teachers banded together to protect their children from this), we're glad you're back, Kool-Aid man. It's just a shame it had to be under the ugly hand of censorship."

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