Wow - a question about video games! I think I may have soiled
Pornography, and also, more generally, censorship, has become a common
issue in video games as their popularity has increased over the past
decades. This has been executed, in my opinion, in two very different
social cliques - the Japanese + Japanese related markets, and the
American and American related markets - possibly the leading countries
in video game production (PC and Console).
'Duke Nukem 3D' - a PC game - really broke the sexual taboo for the
American, and American related markets (Australia, UK, etc.). The
title character was a womaniser/sex symbol/"macho man". Although not
exactly pornography, the game did score a low level nudity rating -
including paying prostitutes to dance, with very VERY revealing
clothing (but not naked), the emphasis of the "woman as a sexual
object", etc. -
"A word of caution about Duke Nukem 3D is that unlike the DOOM type
games Duke Nukem does have a low Nudity/Sex rating. So, some of their
map themes will not be suitable for children. They don't really show a
lot, but it is implied."
The World of Duke Nukem
Tomb Raider also utilised the new found sexual innuendo with the
character Lara Croft, made by Eidos Interactive (I believe Sony and
the late Sega also released it for the console market). Here is a
link to the official Tomb Raider III website, with plenty of relevant
Also, Angelie Jolie played Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider movie (to
emphasise the "sex symbol" in Lara Croft!):
"Agent Under Fire" - the latest Bond game for the Nintendo Game Cube -
includes the adequate sexual innnuendo, or, as EA Games officially
puts it, "suggestive themes" to correlate to the Bond Movies - no
pornography, or nudity, but a lot in implide. Check it out:
However, this is primarily mainstream "American market related"
products. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), this is all that seems to
be released for the mainstream consoles (at least here in Australia).
We see almost nothing that has not been passed by an American (or
Australian) Video Game Censorship board. Keeping in mind that the
target audience for consoles in general a younger one, we would see
almost no "pornography" on consoles at all (I know I have seen none.)
But on the computer, games are much easier to distribute and much more
readily available - a lot less mainstream. I remember playing a
"dating game" that showed more and more revealing (yes, nude,
*squeal*), as you successfully won over your "target". These games
are not mainstream, as I think those games must pass censorship
similar to the console games. Here are some links to games, with
their date of production to relate to the "grown of the last few
years" section of your question, and also links to sites that may be
(www.the-underdogs.org is an excellent source for old video games that
are no longer for sale, all legal. Take a look.)
Spell Casting 101
"Steve Meretzsky's first game for Legend is a raunchy adventure of the
best caliber that is best described as his earlier classic Leather
Goddesses of Phobos meets Zork"
An interesting message post (regarding nudity in games):
"I can understand the way you feel about nudity in video games,But
this practice is hardly new its just that people talk about it more
now that society in general is more comfortable talking about such
subjects i mean i am a forty year old male who agrees it doesnt belong
in games but i can remember a game called stripper when i was 10 or so
it was in arcades at the beach you put in your dime(ahh the good old
days)and a fully dressed woman would apear on the screen along with a
bullseye your mission was to shoot the bullseye as many times as you
could to get her to strip down to nothing it was a stupid game and a
cheap thrill for me at 10 this is just an example and by the way alot
of men would love to see you do the show naked but keep your clothes
on you got too much class for that"
So there was a pornographic video game 30 years ago....
An editorial on nudity in games by "El_Ninja":
How could I forget! The Leisure Suit Larry series! The game,
originally made in 1988, has been remastered - this site compares and
reviews the game, with some scren shots:
"In Leisure Suit Larry your quest is to have sex with a woman."
REVIEWGAMES.com - Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards
And here are some refernces to the Japanese related games.
Another nice thread about nudity in video games:
"Argh, isn't hentai [a form of Japanese cartoon pornography] bad
enough in anime, now it has to invade video games... well it already
did in Japan... *sigh* I guess I'm the only male who tries to go
against his nature.. "
This discussion page lists many games that contain nudity - DEFINITELY
WORTH A LOOK:
A site listing the evolution in censorship for video gaming (console
I believe that when video games were first established, their
pornographic possiblity has been realised and utilised - many games
developed in the 80's, and even 70's have pornographic reference,
nudity, or sexual refernce. It was in the early 90's that Boards were
established to censor this - for example the European Leisure Software
Publishers Association (http://www.elspa.com/). The level of nudity
greatly decreased in the mainstream and regulated games, however, the
Japanese market seems to remain somewhat more relaxed. I first talked
about the modern mainstream games - limited only to sexual innuendo
and sexual symbols. It is my belief that the level of "pornography"
decreased greatly into this 90's, but secual reference has slowly been
recovered since then, what with the future release of some games
mentioned in the message threads.
I hope this has answered your question - I enjoyed answering it - and
if you have any queries at all, I'd be more than happy to address
Thanks for such