With Steam’s recent introduction of content filters, a number of sexually explicit games are now defiling its once immaculate store pages with lechery and feculence, hastening humanity’s gasping plunge into moral disgrace and the end of everything. Unless you live in one of 28 countries where this booby filth – and your immortal soul – is not for sale.
Dharker Studios’ anime visual novel Negligee: Love Stories is the first “100 percent uncensored” game launched on Steam, but it’s unavailable to purchase in most of the service’s supported countries.
“Several of the restricted countries banned the game, which prompted us to realise that we can’t release it under the radar,” the indie developer explains. “You might think that it is ludicrous but Dharker Studios Ltd is a company, if we release a game in a country where the content is illegal or could be considered illegal then potentially we could suffer fines and penalties and even legal action by those countries. Also as per our and every developers agreement with Steam, if they fined or targeted Steam, we would be liable for damages sustained.”
Besides South Africa, the game is not listed in Japan, Malaysia, Botswana, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda, Bangladesh, China, Lebanon, South Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, Belarus, Iceland, Ukraine, Russia, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Guyana, Iraq, Dubai, UIE, and Germany.
The game probably isn’t banned here, but is rather refused classification by the Film and Publication Board. Which is more or less the same thing as banning something without actually banning it, and thus precluding otherwise inevitable comparisons with Nineteen Eighty-Four and dystopian authoritarianism.
Or, you know, maybe it’s just stuck in the queue forever, like everything else in South African bureaucracy.