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Adult Video Games

Adult video games and computer games are games which generally include explicit sexual content similar to that viewed in adult movies and are usually directed toward an adult audience. Although there is a wide selection of adult video games available to the public they commonly lack appeal and popularity.

Adult video games can be seen in the console as early as the Atari 2600 with games such as Custer’s Revenge and Burning Desire. The genre can be seen in text adventures and later in graphical adventures for the personal computer. Many adult arcade games were never brought into North America. Many of the games released during the 1990’s included video clips and limited or non-interactive cut scenes. Although some attempted to include storylines and a plot, many were nothing more than pornography. The games which included an actual story contained less sexual content and were closer to a PG-13 or R rated movie. Many publishers such as Sony, head of the PlayStation brand, have policies against nudity and sexual content. Titles such as BMX XXX and Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude were censored on the PlayStation but not on the Xbox by Microsoft or the Gamecube from Nintentdo.

Adult video games released in Japanese markets have received greater recognition and appeal than those released in American markets. Many of these games rely heavily on the artwork and graphics and are normally found in the form of dating simulation games available for the personal computer and some consoles. Most console games released in Japan do include some partial nudity although it is either censored or removed when imported to America. Adult Only rated games make up for less than one percent of the video game market therefore many developers and publishers try to make games with an M or Mature ESRB rating because they will sell more.