My main issue is that it seems Valve has two sets of rules. One for the "Big Fish" and one for the "Little Fish". Valve is a privately owned business providing a service. They can set whatever rules they want. If they want to say No Sex and No Nudity are allowed in any games they sell, that's fine - but where I take umbrage with the company is them applying the rules differently to different developers.mikolajspy wrote: ↑Sat May 19, 2018 5:00 amI remember reading an article some time ago, the reason why games like GTA, The Witcher and so on are not taken down is that they're not focused on Adult content.
You can play the game without those, in most cases. Or it's a one scene in hours of main gameplay.
You know, if they take down enough VNs, all devs can sign petition to take down other games with sexual content as well.
But well, big companies have enough money to not care about it. It's us, small devs that will be hurt the most.
Why shouldn't Rockstar and CD Projekt Red have to release censored versions of their games on Steam if indie developers do? It's a double standard.
It is ridiculous to say that Visual Novels where you spend hours getting to know a character and build a relationship with them and THEN have a naked scene are worse than a game like Grand Theft Auto 5 where you can - again - get first person naked lap dances, pick up prostitutes where you can receive first person oral sex - and then KILL those women if so inclined.
I don't doubt it has something to do with people in the community playing inquisitor. It is all back to Valve not wanting to do any policing of their own store front and leaving it up to crowd control and algorithms. At this point I honestly don't know what employees at Valve actually DO besides deposit money in the bank. They seem hell-bent on making it so they never have to make actual decisions on their own anymore.jack_norton wrote: ↑Sat May 19, 2018 2:03 amApparently from what I understood it's a bunch of people who are going around playing the inquisitors, reporting any game they deem "pornographic". I'm sure they play the games very carefully before making their judgement...
I believe this is a huge mistake on Valve's part and that it's going to backfire.
Also, what is the point of having those "age gates" on Steam, if then you're going to ask people to pull the game having adult content anyway?
I do wonder what the uproar would be if games like Witcher 3 and Grand Theft Auto were mass reported for pornography. But we all know Rockstar would have a car full of lawyers physically on site at Valve's HQ in Washington State within hours of receiving any kind of removal notice.