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Sex and Nudity in Video Games: How Eminent?


    Though this is not peculiar with Nigerian video game industry, we have seen on many occasions a situation where a console game is integrated with so much sexually inclined scenes forgetting that 45-53% (still increasing) of gamers in the world today are children between the ages of 16-18 year old.

This scenario is not new to the industry as it has been in existence since the 1980s. According to some video game industry analysts the rate at which sex scenes are featured in video games of recent has made the art of video gaming a vocation for just adults alone as it has the ability to change a child's sexual orientation if exposed to such scenes.
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We believe that the reason behind the illicit integration of sex and nudity into video games is just the sheer desire for more monetary output; as in profit. Another possible factor for such habit by game developers is the fact that there has been many sections of video games released into the market that is currently doing well on trial, such include horror, violence, e.t.c.

So video game companies have thought of experimenting on the Sex and Nudity section to see how acceptable it will be in the market while ignoring totally the moral implications.

Well, their experiment paid off afterall; e.g. according to market industry report, the video game industry revenue for sex-scened-video games like Fahrenheit sold out 700,000 units only in February 2008 (few weeks after its release) then went as far as 1 million copies respectively in 2015 alone.

Another similar game was “Heavy Rain” another sex-integrated video game said to have sold over 219,000 units few weeks after release, and over 9 million in two months as against “Cage”, a game release around same time of the year.

Some other games with some reasonable number of sex scenes which still made such an impact in the gaming world include:

• Ride to Hell: Retribution

• Grand Theft Auto: San Andres

• God of War

• Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

• The Witcher 3

• Dragon Age Inquisition

• Mass Effect 2/3, e.t.c


No matter what, Video Games are for You


In as much as video games as we know it has been sexualized, it is still important that top game developers find a way to moderate the appearance of sexual characters featured in these video games, distinguish it from the regular action (violent) ones. That way, they we will still maintain that moral status quo without excluding anyone from the gaming excitement.

While the organization in charge of censoring these even before they it to the open has a fundamental role to play in censoring these games, game companies should understand that majority of their customers are children under 18 years of age.

Developers should also note that they can still make reasonable profit without really being desperate about it, that way, the video game growth will be maintained while following the moral compass; a win-win situation.

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