Professor Daniel Floyd on sex in video games.

This is a very interesting and entertaining video presentation by Daniel Floyd, a professor at Savannah College of Art and Design, in which he argues that the problem with sex in video games is that there isn’t enough of it. More specifically he argues that before games will be perceived as a respectable art form they’re going to have to find a way to address sexuality in a realistic and meaningful fashion to tell their stories. Check it out:

I’ve never been too worried about games being taken seriously as an art form, but that’s largely because I stopped giving a shit of people thought less of me for being a gamer a long time ago. Still I’d love to see games being taken seriously as an art form before I die. There’s already been more than a few games that managed to provide a story telling experience on par with any movie or book I’ve read and the number of such games will likely increase as time goes by. Considering the media whipped panic attack over the small and far from explicit sex scene in Mass Effect, however, I suspect it’ll be awhile before any developer will try to approach the subject in a serious manner.

2 thoughts on “Professor Daniel Floyd on sex in video games.

  1. It’s an odd aspect of our culture, how terrified we are of sex and sexuality. Video games are definitely stuck in a rut because they’re viewed as “entertainment for children” sure… but even in movies and other media where they should be more free to explore sexuality… it seems like often times they can only go as far as “titillation” instead of any real eroticism or sexuality.

    One thing is in the idea that sex needs to be “pretty” or “glossy”. If people are going to really get down to exploring sexuality in any media… they need to dig down into the real dirt and texture of it. But I’m sure… seeing how the facile titillation in media that we have around us today works “concerned citizens” into a nervous fit…  any real exploration into sexuality like that in media (including video games) would be met with gobs of panic and repressive hostility from our sex-phobic culture.

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