“It’s like a toss of a coin” some of our readers said. “Sometimes they let them go through, other times they ban them”. That’s the general gist behind visual novel curation of anime-themed games on Steam. Sometimes the taste police will allow them through, other times they get banned. For the case of Onii Kiss: Onii-chan, Where’s My Kiss?, it’s one of the games that ended up getting banned.
If you check the SteamDB entry you’ll see that the AppID has been scrubbed from appearing on the Steam store. It wasn’t even allowed to get a store page.
Sol Press had setup the basics for the app back in July of 2019. Weeks before it was banned they proceeded to fill out the package details with a logo for the game, but on September 22nd, 2019 Valve banned the game from Steam.
Sol Press decided to roll with the punches, and announced on September 18th that Onii Kiss: Onii-chan, Where’s My Kiss? would be launching uncensored on Denpasoft, FAKKU!, and JastUSA. An all-ages version of the visual novel will be available on the Sol Press shop page.
Where can you purchase this #WholesomeFamilyRomance, you ask? Well, you can pre-order the all-ages version right now at https://t.co/CMruALdwFn, or pick up the full, uncensored version from one of our partner stores @Fakku @JASTUSA @Denpasoft when it goes live!
— Sol Press (@SolPressUSA) September 18, 2019
Now some people might be wondering “why would Valve ban this game?” The obvious answer is that it’s because the story is themed around lesbian incest [Correction: it’s themed around incest, but not necessarily lesbian incest]. However, if that were the case then why did they allow Mother Daughter Pleasure Pets on the platform. The game recently released on Steam as an R18+ outing.
It’s bizarre because sometimes they allow incest titles on Steam and other times they don’t. A while back MangaGamer’s The Most Forbidden Love In The World was banned from Steam, but they weren’t even allowed to add a logo to the game.
[Update: According to some readers, the theme of the ban seems to center around the potential depiction of characters being of school age or wearing school-like uniforms, which is verboten according to most of Valve’s curators. A couple of other games featuring schoolgirl outfits were also banned along with Onii Kiss: Onii-chan, such as Coser Girls Puzzle and Beauty Puzzle 3D. We also know that in the past there was word circulating the visual novel development community that school settings would likely get your game banned from Steam, unless of course you’re a woke Western developer.]
Anyway, you’ll be able to pick up a digital copy of Onii Kiss: Onii-chan, Where’s My Kiss? starting September 24th from FAKKU!, Denpasoft, JastUSA , or from the Sol Press web shop. You won’t, however, be able to get your hands on a copy from the Steam store… because it’s banned from Steam.
(Thanks for the news tip Doraggon)