Ladykiller In A Bind’s Sexual Content Sees Valve Breaking Steam’s Rules For Certain Developers
LadyKiller in a Bind
(Last Updated On: February 1, 2017)

There was a big bit of hoopla in the media recently about how Christine Love’s Ladykiller in a Bind was released onto Steam uncensored, including a full-on rape sequence involving oral and vaginal penetration, as outlined in the pastebin containing text of the sequence that was later removed from the game post-launch. Another developer inquired about any specific rules changing on Steam that would now allow explicit nudity and graphic sexual content to be displayed, but Valve told them that the rules hadn’t changed.

The developer in question is the HuniePot developer from HuniePop fame, a popular visual novel dating simulator with a match-3 component and some graphic imagery. The last part had to be censored for its release on Steam. Despite lacking controversial subject matter such as rape or explicit penetration, HuniePop‘s graphic nudity was still enough to prevent the uncensored version from appearing on Steam.

The developer thought things had changed after Valve allowed Ladykiller in a Bind to launch on Steam uncensored. The media was also very supportive of developer Christine Love — for whom many of them are close friends with — for getting the game to appear on Steam uncensored.

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This is the opposite of how the media usually treats games with adult sexual content, and visual novels that contain nudity, giving a lot of gamers reason to pause and scratch their heads.

All the media support for Ladykiller in a Bind and Valve’s willingness to let the extremely graphic content slide – especially considering that it contains graphic lesbian sex, graphic lesbian BDSM, and a graphic rape scene – led the HuniePot developer to  reach out and try again to get the uncensored version of HuniePop on Steam, especially given that it’s a far less graphic game by comparison to Ladykiller in a Bind.

To no avail, Valve denied HuniePot the opportunity. In a Reddit post the developer explained…

“I have reached out to Steam regarding this issue because many have brought it to my attention. The response I got is that nothing has changed about their policy and Steam does not distribute pornography, full stop.

 

“I have not played LIAB so I don’t know what it contains but I for one have no interest in getting on the bad side of any of the good people at Valve so I’m going to follow the rules.”

As mentioned, you can read the one rape scene that was removed in full by checking the pastebin file. The details of the rape are laid out near the middle of the text. It’s obviously very graphic, so reader discretion is advised.

The real catch 22 here is that the rape scene that was removed was actually present for the initial launch on Steam. The removal of the scene didn’t arrive until three months after the game’s release. [Correction:] It initially launched on October 10th, 2016 but didn’t arrive on Steam until January 9th, 2017. Christine Love didn’t censor the game post-launch until January 22nd, 2017, as indicated in the update post over on the Steam page.

The allowance of uncensored content on Steam led people on the forums to question “Why?” Valve was being lenient here when other games with far less sexual frequency, nudity or sex aren’t allowed in their uncensored form on the service.

The gamers in the thread began doing some research and happened upon the Deep Freeze profile of Patricia Hernandez where they discovered the cronyism, with NT Chris writing

“So I did some investigation, about how long they’ve been friends. This game is made by “Love Conquers All Games”, and the person behind that developer company is “Christine Love”. After some searching on “www.deepfreeze.it”, I did find that she have been related to Patricia (a writer at kotaku) for at least 4,5 years.”

It looks like #GamerGate’s contributions to Deep Freeze is paying off in dividends by informing the gaming community at large.

Some argued that HuniePop was denied its uncensored version on Steam because it wasn’t “story” oriented enough. However, other games like the Sakura series or the Nekopara series have also been forced to release censored on Steam, despite being more “story oriented” than games like HuniePop. Games like Treasures of a Blizzard, another story-oriented visual novel, also had to release censored on Steam, despite the graphic sex not being the focal point of the story.

The inconsistency in applying the rules to various games while giving free passes to other games has led people to question what’s going on at Valve? I did reach out and if they decide to respond the story will be updated accordingly.

[Update 2/1/2017:] After reaching out to publisher Sekai Project about titles being censored on Steam, they mentioned that the Grisaia trilogy on Steam is a direct port from the PlayStation Vita and did not contain any adult material or require content removal. As for other games that were censored for Steam that were published by Sekai, they stated “Beyond that, we cannot comment”

(Main image courtesy of Moppit)


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  • Valve need to stop being a bunch of pussies!

  • Disqusted

    Oh look, Christine Love AGAIN. “Close friends” is an understatement. She seems to be literally sleeping with everyone. Must have slept with Valve, too. But we’re “misogynist neckbeards” for opposing blatant, constant corruption.

    And that header image isn’t great. I thought it was a guy kissing another guy.

  • ZenithTheOne

    “It initially arrived on Steam on October 10th, 2016”. False. The game premiered on the Humble Store on the 10th of October last year. It came out on Steam on the 9th of January of this year.

    • Thanks. Made the fix. I was going by the Steam store date, which listed its initial release not its Steam release.

  • Bitterbear

    By the time you notice the cancer, it’s too late.

  • AceOfAces_Mod

    What in the bloody crows?! She gets away with breaking the rules, yet I got worried for my game not being accepted to the Windows Store (which is a Desktop game packaged in Appx)? How the bloody-

    • Disqusted

      You gotta sleep with more game industry staff.

  • Maria Maasaa
    • EroBotan

      yeah, and previously the SJW medias hyped this game because it was uncensored, ironic.

      • AceOfAces_Mod

        The irony indeed. What to expect when there’s a collusion?

      • Disqusted

        SJW media pushing for censorship of all fictional sexual content hyping up an uncensored game depicting rape.

        It’s been said a bazillion times, but their hypocrisy knows no bounds. “Rape is okay when we or the girl we’re sleeping with does it!” as has been proved by so many of them already busted for raping people in real life. Those are just the ones who got caught, too. Wouldn’t be surprised if they are all serial rapists.

        • EroBotan

          a lot of them are actual paedophile too, but somehow liking cute anime girls are deemed inaproritate

  • Gozu Tennoh

    I pirated this as I cant support anyone with links to SJWs.

    It’s actually pretty good minus a few annoying bits (gay dudes, the odd stupid line as shown by mikebrand in this comments section etc)

    The descriptions are obviosly explicit but theres no graphic close ups or penetration shown, I’d call it ecchi tbh.

    • Maria Maasaa
      • Gozu Tennoh

        I played the game multiple times and this was the only character I skipped over because I thought he was gonna be boring, haha!

        • Maria Maasaa

          Not only does she get raped, but she starts to like it and becomes a cockslave.

          • Ghost

            That’s a she?

          • Twin sister of the guy called “The Prince”. She dresses up like her brother, “The Prince”, to seduce ladies, since he’s the proverbial “ladykiller”. Only she ends up in some precarious situations where another dude wants to rape The Prince but rapes his sister by mistake.

          • Disqusted

            Sounds like some kind of analogy for the mainstream/gaming media.

          • Ghost

            Sounds dumb as shit. Sounds like some bad fanfic.

          • Maria Maasaa

            Yup

          • mikebrand83

            Given the example set by “Ladykiller”, guess the next time the SJWs complain about “hentai rape” in some form of Japanese media, we should just tell the artists to claim to be trans-women.

            … Because then it’s okay to depict graphic rape, apparently.

          • Disqusted

            Rape is apparently okay if you’re not Japanese or a f’kn white male.

      • Disqusted

        Art and presentation generally look below average to me.

        • Maria Maasaa

          That sums up her work. Along with her writing being poor as well.

    • Disqusted

      Don’t know why you even bothered to pirate it. I wouldn’t even touch it with a ten foot pole. Surely there are far better works worthy of spending time on.

      • Gozu Tennoh

        I was curious and like to see western attempts at this type of game. Theres definately better out there but I didnt think it was too bad.

  • mikebrand83

    No idea if what’s shown in this image is actual content from it or just a troll, but I’m sure not paying US$30 for the “privilege” of finding out either way.

    But hilarious either way, and hilariously ironic if it’s actually real:
    http://i.imgur.com/yhok7Ql.jpg

    • Disqusted

      At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if people managed to dig up financial ties between Soros and Valve.

  • EroBotan

    what’s the punishment for breaking steam’s rule? game banned until the questionable part removed? or banned for eternity?

    • Your game isn’t allowed on if it does break those rules, or if they find out that your game does break the rules they’ll disable the ability for people to purchase the title.

      • EroBotan

        they will enable it again if we comply and censor it?

        • Pretty much, yeah.

          • EroBotan

            ok thanks!

    • Death.

      • EroBotan

        hardcore XD

    • Disqusted

      Pregnancy.