Sex And Nudity: Are They Needed In Video Games?

Nudity in games has become quite a curious element. A lot of games feature it. But why is that the case? Is it because nudity adds a certain sense of realism? Or something else entirely? We think it’s up to personal interpretation. Whatever it may be, nudity in games exists.

Whether nudity’s needed or not is entirely subjective — maybe it’s not needed in games like Crash Bandicoot, as most people would agree. Some other games might need some bare skin to achieve certain effects they’re going for. Thankfully, you can always avoid those kinds of games.

Even though a little nudity never harmed anybody.

Video Games Are Both For Kids And Adults

Video games are extremely popular these days. They always have been, as far as we know. Not only do they make the perfect pastime for children, but adults alike.

Many people think that playing video games “at a big age” is childish. But is it really? You can learn a lot from video games that were created based on some facts. There are a variety of titles you can play. A variety of genres, too. There’s something for everyone, you could say.

Kids usually play things like Mario Kart (just think of the old-school Super Mario). After that, they move on to something like Counter-Strike and Call of Duty. Whatever your preferences are, there’s a game you can play.

So, no. We don’t believe video games are for children only. Some, however, might be a little more explicit than they should. Viewer discretion is almost always advised.

How Have Video Games Evolved Over The Decades?

Gaming didn’t look the same as it does today. It took a lot of technological developments to get us where we are now. We went from Pacman to, let’s say, Assassin’s Creed: Origins. That’s quite commendable.

Believe it or not, gaming goes all the way back to the mid-‘60s. Of course, we’re talking about much simpler games, such as certain strategies and 2D space shooters. Either way, some 20 years later, gaming at home was finally a thing.

Developers didn’t take long to create the first erotic games, and the first one was available in 1982. What was it about? It was about a naked man chasing a naked woman through a labyrinth. Fun!

Ever since those times, nudity in games, and games in general, evolved. Now you can barely tell the difference between a video game and animated porn.

Why Do Games Have Elements of Violence, Sex, and Substance Abuse?

Unfortunately, violence is often something unavoidable. It’s a part of our daily lives. Therefore, there are elements of it in video games as well. They don’t always portray real life, but some do.

We already know that video games don’t only cater to children, but what does that mean? Games for adults need to have something to make things more fun or simply more realistic. Therefore, adding mature elements makes games more appealing to adults.

Video games often have incredible storylines. Some are based on actual events, and some aren’t, but they still seem like they could happen in real life too. That way, it feels like a player is playing out their own story.

Violence and substance abuse obviously aren’t good things. But they add that necessary element of realness to games. We’d all love our world to be pure and unstained by violence and hatred. However, sometimes, that’s not always how it goes.

Thankfully, all games have ratings that warn you about the content you’re about to witness. Thus, kids can know not to play the games that aren’t for them to begin with.

Game Rating Guidelines

We did mention game ratings, but let’s get more up close and personal with them. We doubt many people pay attention to them even though you can usually find them at the beginning of every game.

Game ratings include both rating categories and descriptors. Both of them serve the purpose of letting you know which games are for who. No official rating board includes the infamous X rated games. Why? These are usually just straight up sex games. That’s OK — you can play them too. But only if you’re an adult, though.

Other rating categories include Everyone, Teen, Mature, or Adult only. The ratings are always followed by descriptors such as violence, blood/gore, sexuality, language, etc.

These descriptors are helpful, and you should always look out for them. Not everyone likes to play games with nude scenes. It can be a real deal-breaker sometimes.

Video Game Characters Fetish

Yeah, OK. This is a real thing and, honestly, it’s no wonder. Games of all sorts and genres can sometimes actively cater to these fetishes. Generally, games often focus on the male side of the audience. You wonder how? Well, girls are almost always sexualized — that is how.

Let’s give in actual example. We’ll go with Quiet, a character from Metal Gear Solid V. She’s a super-strong woman who’s incredible with a sniper. So, what’s the catch? She’s wearing so little clothing she might as well not wear any at all. But why is it like that? The explanation is that she “breathes through her skin,” which is why she cannot wear clothes. Seriously?

All video game characters are designed to be perfect, at least according to what the devs had in mind. So, whatever your poison is, there’s probably something for you to drool over. If you have this kind of a fantasy fetish, you’re not alone. That’s why many people play games anyway.

Summary

Let’s finally answer the question in the title. Are sex and nudity really needed in video games? Maybe. Maybe not. But we definitely don’t see a problem with such things.

Games are a product of someone’s imagination. Consequently, there will be different games with different elements to them. Sexual content is available on the internet anyway, so why shouldn’t it be available in games too?

There’s a simple solution to your problem if these kinds of games aren’t your cup of tea — just don’t play them.