A sexually explicit game that was removed from Steam last week has come back to the popular game distribution service after the developer added forced censorship bars blocking the view of in-game private parts.
Eek Games’ House Party launched on Steam Early Access just over a month ago, attracting more than 35,000 sales thanks in part to largely bemused coverage from a number of prominent Twitch and YouTube streamers. But the game also attracted negative attention from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), an anti-pornography lobbying group that took issue with the game for what it called “literally training its users in predatory tactics for sexual assault, and even sex trafficking.”
The goal of House Party is to convince women to have sex with you, and achieving that goal can involve getting those women drunk, blackmailing them over nude photos stolen from their phone, or jamming their phones to isolate them from others at the party. In a letter NCOSE sent to Valve last week, the group complained that the game “not only normalizes but instructs its users as a virtual how-to of sex crimes and misogyny… If anyone were to apply actions from the game in real-life situations, they could inflict immeasurable harm to others and potentially be in violation of state or federal law.”