Just over a handful of games have been removed from Steam, some of them erotic, others simply because they were published by a developer who seemingly violated Valve’s terms of service.
A list of games were removed from the Steam storefront, as noted by user Madjoki. You can view the list below, naming the game and the date they were officially removed:
The Suffering of Larina 2017-09-21T21:17:48
The interesting thing about it is that Viktaram wasn’t an erotic game. It was actually a 3D action platformer. It had a mixed review rating on Steam and actually had passably decent graphics, as evident in the archive from the store listing. The same applied for the game Infiltration, which was a third-person tactical shooter.
However, the reason both Viktaram and Infiltration were removed along with the other games was because the two are made by the same developer: RyuVsCL0UD.
The developer is known for making sub-par adventure games and highly charged erotic games.
His titles Epica actually wasn’t that bad, and only had a few scenes of nudity; nothing that you wouldn’t already be able to find in games like GTA V or The Witcher 3. You can check out a gameplay video below.
His other games, such as Sayaka and Himiko were also the typical action-adventure fanfare. The games weren’t anymore overt with their sexuality and sexual content than what you would find in most typical visual novels. So then why would Valve have these mildly sexy games and 3D action-adventure titles removed from Steam?
Well… the more egregious crime for RyuVsCL0UD came from his title Valortha.
The game is extremely erotic, but funnily enough it’s also probably Ryu’s most highly-quality outing. The 3D action-magic game centers around a vixen named Valortha and her sexually charged mistress who also happens to be her master named Shalozar. The game contains fully uncensored sexual intercourse between the two women, involving full penetration of various orifices. The sex also ties into the game’s plot for Valortha’s powers, so it’s intertwined rather deeply into the plot.
Valve seemingly took the wide-sweeping approach to simply remove RyuVsCL0UD’s entire library of sub-par games instead of having him censor each of the naughty bits from the title.
Also, this likely wasn’t Valve’s own doing. Ryu’s games are quite old, and his most recent one, Valortha, was released back on January 26th, 2017. His games Epica and Viktaram were released last year in the fall of 2016.
Various gamers on the forum suspect that RyuVsCL0UD was on the receiving end of a campaign of complaints, forcing Valve’s hand to remove the developer and his titles from the Steam store.
A similar thing happened a couple of months ago when Strangers in a Strange Land and House Party were also both removed from the Steam store briefly, with Valve requiring the developers to censor the games before allowing them back onto the storefront. The games eventually returned with uncensored patches made available to the public.
It doesn’t appear as if Ryu was afforded the luxury of censoring all of his games, or maybe he just decided not to censor them at all?
The same applied to SexualDarka’s uncensored sexual novel called The Suffering of Larina.
The game isn’t much of a game at all and the reading is rather sparse. It’s more-so a collection of images themed around watching hardcore, uncensored sex scenes between various people, hermaphrodites and orc creatures. It’s not surprising that Valve cracked down on the title, but it seemed to take them about a month to do so, since it was available since August 25th, 2017. It was likely on the receiving end of additional complaints, something that the Right-Wing Christian group known as National Center on Sexual Exploitation has been doing lately when it comes to games they deem as “pornographic” and “harmful to kids”.
Some argue that the games should be allowed on Steam but put behind an ID check. Others claim that actual pornographic content is no place for Steam.
The argument rages on about whether Valve should service adult-oriented content. The company has been inconsistent with policing sexual content on the service, wobbling back and forth between allowing uncensored sex in games like Ladykiller in a Bind, but then coming down hard on games like Valortha.
(Thanks for the news tip tajlund)