Steam now lets you see characters like these dressed up without the need for black bars.
A game that a developer calls the first “100 percent uncensored” adult game for Steam is slated to hit the popular PC platform on Friday, including “sexual interactions and nudity” previously blocked by black bars.
Negligee: Love Stories was part of a group of adult “visual novels” and other games that have been retired from service or withheld for approval in recent months while crackdown on “sexually explicit” content has been carried out in-store. Many developers responded to this limitation by adding black “censorship” bars to the Steam versions of their games and then directing players to external websites to download patches for download.
Now negligee developer Dharker Studios says that an uncensored version of the game “has completed the Steam review process” and will be available without patches on Friday, September 14th.
Valve announced back in June that curating Steam games for anything that isn’t “illegal or direct trolling” would be easier to handle. However, the adult game listings were still on hold as the company worked on new filtering tools to prevent users from inadvertently viewing these explicit games.
This “Adults Only” filter was introduced last week and is now enabled by default for Steam users. This means that games like Negligee will not show up in a Steam user’s recommendations unless the filter is disabled in the store preferences.
In addition to the filters, Valve now also requires developers to describe the “violent or sexual content” in games that are sent to the Steam storefront in order to give potential players more information while browsing the store. “We think context is important in presenting content. If you give a developer a place to describe and explain what’s in their game, you’ll get even more information as you browse and consider a purchase pull, “wrote Valve.
To load the NSFW Steam page for Negligee: Love Stories, users must log in and read a detailed description of the game’s explicit content before they can see the full store listing or purchase the game. This description contains warnings against “illustrations of nudity, undressing, and sexual interactions … topics related to pressurized sexual relationships … [and] Issues related to abusive marriages and adultery. “
“By and large, what Steam did isn’t exactly what we wanted. It’s not perfect,” Dharker Studios wrote in a recent Kickstarter update for Negligee. “But it’s a big step in the right direction.”
Oddly enough, Valve’s Steam Direct guidelines still list “pornography” as one of the types of content that “shouldn’t be posted on Steam,” along with “content that is obviously objectionable or intended to shock or scare viewers” . This begs the question of whether there is a line between permitted “adult” content and unapproved “obscene” content on the platform and how exactly that line could be determined. We have contacted Valve for clarification and will update it if we hear anything.