Even though Dank Boi Games’ Gay Nation was recently barred from Steam for “trolling”— and previous to that, the release of the game was withheld by Valve because of the subject matter — Valve showed their colors for policing the tastes of gamers by banning the game shortly before a Queer Games Bundle popped up at a 50% discount, featuring “queer” games that have been heavily promoted by Left-wing game journalists.
The bundle is available over on the Steam store, featuring various games from different developers and publishers, including Tacoma, Gone Home, 2064: Read Only Memories, Fragments of Him, Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor, Ladykiller in a Bind and Your Royal Gayness. The bundle was made available just two days ago, on August 8th, 2018, according to SteamDB.
Most of these games have appeared prominently on propaganda-filled gaming websites such as Polygon and Kotaku. In fact, Ladykiller in a Bind is from a developer who is friends with game journalists, and who bragged about having the game on Steam uncensored, as reported by DualShockers.
We reached out to Valve about why Ladykiller in a Bind was allowed to be on Steam uncensored but other games couldn’t? And also why Ladykiller in a Bind wasn’t required to have its release delayed in order to end up behind the new adult content filter. The game effectively defied Valve’s own policy regarding sexual content in games.
This was part of what caused controversy for Dank Boi Games’ Gay Nation: A Gay Games For Gays, because Valve’s Sean J., explained that the topical matter of Gay Nation needed to be behind the filters, saying…
“We’re right in the middle of building some features into Steam for customers to be able to choose the type of products they see in the store. Your game has content in it that needs these features to be completed and shipped first. You’ll have to do some additional store page work around describing the content in your game once we have completed those features. We don’t have an exact timeline for those features though, so please be patient as we complete the work.”
In a follow-up message from Sean, he reiterated that the topic of satire regarding homosexuality required Gay Nation to end up behind the new filtering system, saying…
“[…] You’ve chosen topics and names that fall into the categories of products we want to add filtering to the store for.”
Gay Nation is a satire about Russia bombing the U.S., with a gay bomb, wiping out straight people and turning the rest gay. Players take on the role of an elite soldier tasked with hunting down the last remaining heterosexuals in America, while questioning the draconian and fascist methods utilized by his superiors.
This sort of satire was labeled as “trolling” by Valve’s software release manager, Jason Ruymen, after Dank Boi Games questioned Valve on why Gay Nation had to be put behind a filter but other games like Ladykiller in a Bind didn’t.
It’s quite ironic that shortly after banning Gay Nation and being questioned on their policing of content – even after they proclaimed that they wouldn’t be the taste police – there are only certain “queer” games being promoted in a bundle.
You’ll note that other queer games that were considered controversial by games journalists – such as the Red Strings Club – or other queer games made by developers not in game journalists’ clique – such as the developer of My Ex-Boyfriend The Space Tyrant and Escape From Pleasure Planet – were mysteriously left out of the queer game bundle. Also, there are no yuri games from any of the prominent Japanese visual novel developers… well, the ones that haven’t been withheld from release due to Valve’s upcoming filters, of course.
(Thanks for the news tip Correctus)
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