On March 13th, 2019 Valve banned the visual novel My Girlfriend from the Steam store. Dharker Studio’s romance VN was set in a college atmosphere with big, busty anime girls, and it wasn’t the R18+ version of the game, but it was still enough to get it banned. Ironically enough, on March 15th, 2019 Valve approved My Girlfriend’s wallpapers, soundtrack, avatars, and the very lewd dakimakuras to arrive on the Steam store.
Yes, the main game is banned but not the software accessories.
The title’s paraphernalia are discounted between 5% and 10% off at the moment, with the avatars being available on the Steam store for free.
The avatars include 14 different images from My Girlfriend, even though the game itself is not available for purchase on Steam.
The My Girlfriend wallpapers are available for $1.99 from the store page, featuring 15 images at 1080p resolution based on the characters from the game.
The soundtrack is a little more expensive, clocking in at $4.99 on the Steam store. It comes with 52 different songs, including the theme song from a J-pop singer.
And finally… the most contradictory element of the bunch is the dakimakura pack, which is available for $4.99 on the Steam store.
This features high resolution PNG images of the main characters from My Girlfriend in suggestive positions while wearing lingerie.
This bizarre move from Valve means you can readily purchase lewd imagery of these college girls, but you can’t purchase the game that they’re featured in.
This kind of software curation antinomy is what leaves a lot of developers scratching their heads when it comes time to submit their games to the Steam storefront. Many gamers have suggested that anime and visual novel games simply skip Steam and stick to DLSite, JastUSA, MangaGamer, or Nutaku to avoid Steam’s draconian and inconsistent curation policies.
Even though Valve said they wouldn’t be the taste police, they very much are being the taste police, especially when it comes to anime and visual novel games from indie studios. This is all despite the fact that they specifically implemented the adult filters to deal with this sort of curation. What’s worse, though, is that a lot of the games that have now been added to the Waifu Holocaust banned list aren’t even R18+ or adults only games. We’re seeing lots of all-ages versions of games being added to the list, from Hello, Goodbye, to Moe Reversi, to Victory Project.
I guess Valve isn’t okay with the games being on the Steam store but they’re totally fine with the wallpapers, soundtracks, and dakimakuras having a place on the storefront.
(Thanks for the news tip StarKitsune)