Recently, Sony made the decision to block the sale of the game Super Seducer on the day of its launch. Super Seducer: How to Talk to Girls is a dating advice game created by Richard La Ruina which has been described as “sleazy” among other things. While the game has officially been blocked and had a right to be by Sony, should it have been?
The Steam description for the game says “Learn state-of-the-art seduction secrets from the master himself, Richard La Ruina, in this incredibly valuable live action seduction simulator.”
The problem is, the whole game is said to come off as sleazy. It’s apparently so cringe-worthy and inappropriate that the Kickstarter campaign was suspended. Not only that, but it’s just a plain bad game itself. If you don’t believe me take a look at some of the gameplay videos out there. If you can sit through the ridiculously obtuse and hilarious game, good on you.
The real conversation here though is what Sony pulling a game due to censorship means for gaming as a whole. Sure, Sony pulling the game from release on the PS4 can be seen as controversial, but is it really a bad idea to do so?
Censorship can be scary. Really though, it’s important to regulate what will and will not be posted by Sony on their gaming store when it comes to a situation like this. While I believe everyone has the right to play whatever they wish, anyone who really wants to play Super Seducer can access the game on Steam as an alternative.
The game is bad. Allowing a “bad” game onto the PSN could result in other “bad” titles being released on the consoles gaming hub, creating an instance where the PSN is more like the Steam store and less like an area to buy actual titles, both AAA, and indie that are worth a purchase. Honestly, Super Seducer is barely even a game, it’s more of a point and click simulation that’s as ridiculous as it sounds.
Sony, of course, has the right to block and allow whatever game they choose to go through the PSN. It’s personally refreshing to see people realize that this may not be the type of “game” they want to put out there and that they have the ability to say no. Especially when a game that’s this uncomfortable comes to the forefront.
What do you think? Should Sony allow Super Seducer to be released or are they right in keeping what’s been called a “sleazy” title away from the PlayStation store?