“Sex and sexuality in RPGs are understood as both ubiquitous and unspeakable.
It’s there, everyone does it, but it need not be discussed openly.
The backlash is gendered and misogynistic in two parts: first, writer Jennifer Hepler, who wrote some of the romantic plots of the game, was harassed until she ultimately left Bio Ware, a depressingly familiar narrative for women in gaming; two, in the same way that the Romance section in a bookstore is considered full of bad literature for frivolous women, serious narrative devotion to romance and erotica in a game is “something that somehow drains roleplay gaming of its grittier essence and threatens to drown epic storylines in cooties.” Backlash aside, games that distance themselves from their romantic and erotic subcultures also tacitly reinforce the problems within our own sexual culture.
When left to write their own rules, ERP communities tend to mirror their real-life counterparts: kink-positive but with a double standard against women, heteronormative and full of casual sexual harassment (even in-game, a male avatar can pursue a female one relentlessly).
You can respect their professional boundaries as best you can and honour the master-butler relationship…
in which case you’ll get a bad end and lose the game.
After all, everyone knows how to, you know, .” RPGs, for the most part, consider sex and romance separate and unnecessary to the plots; rulebooks rarely deal with issues of “consent, sexual diversity or orientation, or the sexual culture of the world one is playing in.” Meanwhile, romance and sexuality are the entire point of ERPs, whether it’s to further explore a character’s development, to provide a space for a player to explore their own sexuality or, for some, to get turned on.
I know people who find reading erotica to be hotter than watching porn. When an RPG provides at most the barest romantic tropes for its characters, people will always fill in the rest themselves, adding in queerness and kink where the game developers are silent.
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