Uncensored erotic visual novel approved by Valve, a first for the Steam store

One of the biggest milestones since the company took a very open stance on content earlier this year.

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There probably aren't a whole lot of "firsts" left for Valve to accomplish when it comes to adding things to the Steam platform, but today is a historic moment nevertheless. With the addition of erotic visual novel Negligee: Love Stories, this marks the first time Steam has welcomed a 100% uncensored erotic visual novel game to the library. This move is one of the first significant ones since Valve stated that the company is taking an approach where everything will be allowed on the Steam store.

Engadget reported the Steam milestone, and the development studio celebrated the launch, stating the game passed Steam's review process and will be 100% uncensored at launch with no patch needed. Here's are a couple significant features that players can expect when they dive into the four storylines:

  • Dialogue of sexual themes
  • Sexual interactions and nudity and through them illustrations featuring nudity
  • Undressing
  • Sexual interactions
  • Themes relating to pressured sexual relationships
  • Themes relating to nymphomania
  • Themes relating to adult sex workers
  • Themes relating to abusive marriages and adultery

When it comes to interactions, Negligee: Love Stories specifically features relationships between men and women and some between women only, but none with just men. The game launches September 14, 2018. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.

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    September 11, 2018 9:20 AM

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      September 11, 2018 9:31 AM

      It will be interesting to see how the recent filtering changes affect the title's visibility and sales in relation to the first game.

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      September 11, 2018 9:45 AM

      I'm waiting for Kotaku to tell me how outraged I should be.

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        September 11, 2018 10:12 AM

        I'm pretty sure that's Waypoint's jurisdiction these days.

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      September 11, 2018 9:49 AM

      Oddly specific to say that it has dude on chick and chick on chick but not dude on dude.

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      September 11, 2018 10:29 AM

      Sign me. TF. UP.

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      September 11, 2018 11:37 AM

      Didn't know they stopped filtering stuff

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        September 11, 2018 12:10 PM

        When Steam Direct came on line, where the only barrier to publishing was the initial fee you as the dev had to pay to be listed, Valve backed off on curation and moderation. This led to complaints over games like House Party (which on initial release had in-game nudity; a post-release patch took that out) from people, particularly the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. So around May, that's when Valve held up any game with mature content on the system, stating they were working on a better content filter system, but strongly stated that they did not want to be in the business of curating content unless that content was outright illegal. Lots of people came down on Valve for not wanting to block content, etc.

        Valve finally released the new content filters a week or so ago (where you as the user can set what tags to fully block, and where developers of mature content are supposed to describe the type of mature content one might see. (For example, for this game:
        “Negligee: Love Stories features four story-lines that frequently include dialogue of sexual themes, sexual interactions and nudity and through them illustrations featuring nudity, undressing and sexual interactions as well. The four stories include male and female sexual relations, female and female sexual relations, themes relating to pressured sexual relationships, themes relating to nymphomania, themes relating to adult sex workers, themes relating to abusive marriages and adultery. Scenes within the game include illustrated and dialogue descriptions of male and female single partner sexual relationships, modelling, outdoor sexual activity, male and female multiple partner sexual activity and female and female single partner sexual relationships. ”)

        Valve says they will still have curators review such games and check to see if there are significant gaps between these tags and descriptions and the final game, and take actions against those developers that mislead, but otherwise this is not filtering from Valve's side, more enabling the user to filter. I know people will still complain to that, though...

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      September 11, 2018 11:51 AM

      Valve entering the adult entertainment business?

      Maybe they can get a few tips from Winterface?

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      September 11, 2018 11:57 AM

      Will it show my friends that I'm reading that? Asking for a friend.

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        September 11, 2018 11:58 AM

        "reading"

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        September 11, 2018 12:12 PM

        My friend who asked me told me that his friend has a friend that has a second Steam account that is just for his pile of shameful anime porn games.

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          September 11, 2018 12:13 PM

          Oh interesting!

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          September 11, 2018 4:30 PM

          Just rename the Exe to Definitely not fapping.

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      September 11, 2018 12:18 PM

      Too bad it's anime

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      September 11, 2018 12:37 PM

      https://i.imgur.com/bDnPcxV.gif

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      September 11, 2018 4:54 PM

      Any achievements?

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        September 11, 2018 5:38 PM

        I'm not sure shame is an achievement, but it's something

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      September 11, 2018 4:57 PM

      Where is Steam's Incognito mode?

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        September 11, 2018 5:42 PM

        You can go Invisible but still chat. A streamer friend of mine has to use that a lot.