Sex is something that is ever-present in our everyday lives. From advertising, to movies and even our video games, sex and sexual content is all around us. Even though these sorts of things are all everywhere we look, there are ways to go about it that show some sort of taste and class. The problem in Wolfenstein: The New Order? It lacks both of those.
I’ll start this off by saying I thoroughly enjoyed almost everything Wolfenstein threw at me. The graphics looked sharp, the dialogue was convincing and the game play itself was a lot sharper and fun that I ever imagined it would be.
The thing that turned me away from loving this title was simple, the immature and forced sex scenes that the campaign contained. These scenes were not set up well and honestly felt slapped together. I’m all for mature content in video games, but I want it to be done right.
Sex isn’t something that should be a gag, or something to fill in time to a cut scene, it should be used to create character depth and add to the romantic story line. I would have liked to see more detail shown between Anya and BJ. The couple sex scenes that were thrown in didn’t feel organic, they felt rushed and hurried in, which resulted in a few very awkward scenes.
Honestly, my biggest gripe is that these few scenes have alienated a decent amount of people who wanted to play the game. I have talked to many people that have said they would not want to even play the game due to the scenes.
I do feel for those who aren’t the target audience that the devs were going for. As a straight male I was the target audience and even I felt awkward while watching it. I can’t begin to imagine how awkward a girl would feel or even someone who is homosexual.
I don’t believe that game developers should limit their selves for fear of offending people, but in a case like this where the content in question is just not needed and useless, I think they should have reconsidered it.
I want our art form to be taken serious and I know that tackling tougher and more adult issues is the way to do this, but doing it in an immature way like this will only make outsiders laugh at the gaming community. I hope that developers can learn from this blunder and try to advance the video game industry in a more adult place.