Saturday Night

by Eric Brasure

Slice of life

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Visually NSFW, Not Much Else, March 1, 2014

Wow. A "NSFW" label on a work of interactive fiction REALLY does not do enough to warn folks that an explicit (Spoiler - click to show)(foot-long erect penis) photo will be displayed. Seemed especially out of place given that none of the other branches (as far I could find) had anything visually explicit in them even though the text says you're sending adult photos. I guess I should be grateful the author didn't put a hardcore porn clip in the middle.

No characterization, no descriptions, no real plot, no structure. No actual sex, just bored guys sending pictures to each other. Just one long, dumb excuse to show us a "shocking" picture. Maybe it's trying to say something, but what, I don't know.

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matt w (Matt Weiner), March 4, 2014 - Reply
I said this on, but I think it's silly to say "Please consider that there are young kids playing this game" when at that point in the game it had already been clear for most of the game that it was a simulator of an app where men meet to have sex. This one has copious warning signs that it is not kid-friendly before the explicit picture appears.
forgepoet, March 4, 2014 - Reply
It would be as silly to try and label every single game that has objectionable (and note, objectionable is an opinion) content as to label every book in a library. I think noting "has graphics" and "adult" would be plenty of warning (or encouragement, depending on the curiosity of the viewer).

But then again, I don't really care if kids see anatomical photos. It's just a part of the human body (albeit a, ahem, statistically unlikely one). Nothing nearly as horrible as you'd find browsing TMZ the day after a Walking Dead episode airs (or as explicit as you'd see if you typo'd entering a URL). I just found it distasteful and out of place in an interactive fiction.
Jonas Kyratzes, March 1, 2014 - Reply
The author didn't add the IFDB description, I did. I wasn't sure whether to be more explicit (pun not intended) or not, since it's part of the effect.

(Personally, I see this as an amusing comment on personal games and Twine, but I'm sure it's not to everyone's taste.)
forgepoet, March 1, 2014 - Reply
I'm familiar with the kind of game you're referring to, but what makes this a comment on games like that instead of just an example of them? There are no jokes, no parody, no "over the top" exaggerations. No impact at all other than a single anatomical photo most people won't slog through long enough to see.

I guess I just don't get it.
Eric Brasure, March 1, 2014 - Reply
Stop othering me
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