Valve has banned a few more games, including a game that was already previously banned. This time around it’s Kokage no Izumi’s adult-oriented, R18+ version of the monster girl hunting JRPG, Domination Quest: Kuro & The Naughty Monster Girls. The other notable game that was banned, again, was Moe Reversi from icharax.
We have no idea why Domination Quest was rejected from Steam, other than that it was submitted for review and then was banned on March 13th, 2019, according to the SteamDB entry.
Now, unlike other games that have been banned that were set in high school, college, or were slice-of-life visual novels, Domination Quest is a fantasy RPG where players take on the role of Kuro, a boy who is from a proud race known as “Dominators”.
The objective of the game is to go around and capture dangerous monster girls who have been ravaging the town. Kuro is helped along the way by his fairy companion, Shiro. The title is a typical 16-bit inspired JRPG with turn-based battles and adult-oriented CG sequences featuring the hero engaged in explicit sexual acts with the monster girls.
Obviously Domination Quest is an adults only game, but we don’t know why exactly it was denied entry on Steam, even though Valve said they were opening the platform up to adult oriented games.
The game doesn’t take place in a school setting, doesn’t even feature humans, and whether or not the characters are “underage” seems moot since, once again, they’re not human.
There are lots of other games on Steam at the moment featuring monster girls, including the full, uncensored version of Monster Musume, which is still available over on the Steam store right now.
Games like Doodle Date and Dimension of Monster Girls are also available on Steam, along with Sakura Dungeon and The Ditzy Demons Are In Love With Me. So it’s not like monster girls are a taboo subject or that Valve doesn’t allow those games on Steam.
Domination Quest fits in line with many other monster girl games and anime already available on the platform, so why was it banned? The only explanation could be that it features monster lolis, as depicted in the NSFW gameplay trailer below.
Steam has been inconsistently cracking down on anime games and visual novels from Asian developers with extreme prejudice in recent months. They’ve also been sneakily shifting their rules in order to canvas games under an umbrella for banning that would otherwise be eligible for release on Steam, such as Victory Project, which they labeled as “legally grey” even though the game is an espionage thriller and doesn’t take place in a school or feature underage characters.
Other games like My Girlfriend have been banned even though it takes place on a college campus, proving that even games where the characters are not underage can still be banned for nebulous reasons.
A good example of that is Moe Reversi, which did not contain any nudity whatsoever but was still banned back on January 8th, 2019. Developer icharax covered up all the characters even more and attempted to comply with Valve’s unclear policies by censoring any and all fan-service, but Valve still banned the game from Steam on March 13th, 2019, according to the SteamDB entry.
Basically, Valve isn’t just reneging on not being the “taste police”, they’ve done a full 180 and are now discriminating against certain games and banning what they don’t like even if the games do comply with the very loose rules, which stated that anything that wasn’t “illegal” or “straight-up trolling” would be allowed on the Steam store. It’s difficult to see what makes Domination Quest anymore “illegal” than gay furry games like Dirty Education or Hunt & Snare, both of which are available on Steam… uncensored.
You can still purchase Domination Quest from over on the NSFW DLSite store page for $22.
You can also purchase Moe Reversi from over on the DLSite store page for $2.91.
(Thanks for the news tip Rick)