As society becomes increasingly liberal, the lines between mainstream and ‘adult’ media have begun to blur. Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood would never have been banned if released today. Movies like Michael Winterbottom’s 9 Songs are more explicit than many porn films, yet considered Hollywood mainstream.
But what of video games? Sure, there has always been adult titles in gaming (niche nod to ‘Sam Fox Strip Poker‘ for the ZX Spectrum in 1986, where your reward for a good hand was a flash of 8-bit nudity.
Now, in 2020, Cyberpunk 2077, one of the big titles of the year for console users, offers some of the most sexually charged content ever to be seen in a mainstream game.
Cyberpunk 2077 is a first-person open-world crime drama based on the tabletop board games. Your character is “V” a vigilante who roams the galaxy doing… well… vigilante stuff.
Not only can V be directed to take part in some seriously hardcore sex scenes, but you can actually customize V’s “genitals, buttocks and breasts” – even mixing and matching sys gender roles in your protagonist to create something entirely new, and just a bit liberated.
Sex scenes, though brief, contain all the requiste moaning and groaning noises, nudity, and the odd bit of thrusting you’d expect for good measure.
So, is this the beginning of a revolution, or just a gimmick? Although, we’re not really rushing to see a more sexually explicit version of Mario Kart, there are a lot of game franchises where some honest sexual activity would reflect that it’s being played by the adults in the room.
Plus, the more this sort of stuff hits the mainstream, the more accepting the wider population will be of adult content. And that’s got to be a good thing for all of us.
We’ll definitely be keen to see the finished product when it arrives in the Fall.
Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to go one sale from September 17, 2020 on PS4, PS5, XBox (One and X), Stadia and Windows.
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