Robert Yang’s Gay Hunks Arrive On Steam In Radiator 2

We’ve spanked a hunk, watched a hunk suck a lolly until it all turned sinister, wanked off a car, scrubbed a hunk, and snapped dick pics in Robert Yang’s recent sexy gay games. They’re funny, yeah, and intimate, caring, thoughtful, celebratory, and challenging. Now he’s remastered those first three to be a bit fancier and collected them in Radiator 2 [official site], which is out for free on Steam and everything.

The collection contains Hurt Me Plenty, Succulent, and Stick Shift, which first came out across late 2014 and early 2015. Now Yang has re-designed HMP and fancied the lot up in a newer version of Unity with improved lighting, nicer skin, hair physics, and a swish menu (with music by Liz Ryerson) tying them all together. Oh, and it has a hidden little prototype sniping game too. Yep, sniper rifle and all.

Radiator 2 is out on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It’s free to download from Steam or Itch lets you donate money if you’d like.

Yang has written a blog post with thoughts on what went into this re-release, speaking to audiences without over-explaining, and what a Steam release means. A snippet:

“There is still a silly faux-legitimacy of ‘being on Steam’, which means that Valve technically approved of you. You can see this value system at work in the comments of many Steam users who get upset when certain games are allowed on Steam, and I have no doubt that some of them are going to show up on my store page as well… It just goes to show how much work we still have to do as a community.

“I’ve said before that I don’t really care whether people play these games or not, what’s more important to me is that they simply exist. This is one of the primary tenets of the modern gay rights movement: that we must be visible and present, or else we will be erased. It’s important that there’s a gay sex game available on Steam, of all places, and that gesture is now part of the artistic meaning of this work.”

[Disclosure: Robert Yang did the Level With Me series for RPS. It was great!].

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  1. alphax1983 says:

    Why is RPS promoting homosexualism ? Can we not stay away from ideological propaganda and just focus on our hobby – PC games ?

    • KDR_11k says:

      I hope that’s sarcasm.

    • padger says:

      It is sarcasm.

      It must be.

      • DaftPunk says:

        I hope its not..Cause,i agree with comment.

        • jrodman says:

          You seem to lack an understanding of what the word propaganda means. Or possibly there is some other deep disconnect with reality here.

      • Wisq says:

        Given the uncertainty imposed by Poe’s Law, I have decided I shall make it my general policy in life to conclude — not that “… therefore I should treat the parody of extremism as if it were real extremism and get upset about it” — but rather, “… therefore, since I can’t determine real extremism from parody of extremism, I shall decide it is parody and have a good laugh at it”.

        In those cases where I accidentally choose to laugh at real extremism? I shall simply make it clear that their views are so ridiculous that I’m assuming it’s a parody and laughing at them.

        With that in mind — thanks for the laughs, alphax.

    • yogibbear says:

      Q: Will playing this game turn me gay?
      A: Yes.

      Just. Brilliant.

    • allthingslive says:

      I hope that’s not sarcasm because I totally agree. People trying to incorporate all these political themes into games is so forced… we have people complaining about gender locked characters, and that female characters are too curvy… It’s really ridiculous, and I don’t think a game should get attention just for being gay. But I like that the creator of this game acknowledged that, he’s putting the game out for the gay movement, not necessarily as a good or desirable game to play. I personally am getting real sick of RPS, where every other update is something to do with gay issues, or how big a characters boobies are… it’s so petty and immature but disguised as meaningful because there are people “outraged!” at these things for some self-important holy reason. They’re giving credibility to groups that aren’t even big video game consumers, why should they get so much say in what comes out for the majority to enjoy and relate to?

      I really do think these things should be separated, video games and current issues… video games are about fantasy, I want to do terrible and fantastic things in my games. And political commentary can work. But at least, if there are those games, I want to be able to criticize them without self-castrating hipster white Americans ganging up on me for “not allowing this open forum of discussion to take place” and all that over the top, new-age success shit. Now a days, if you don’t agree that women are superior, you’re a misogynist. If you don’t think that gays are fantastic and dislike watching gay sex, you’re a homophobe.

      Have some nuts and like what you actually like or care about, not what people are telling you to like or care about. Because I DON’T care if there are games with homosexual themes. And I don’t care if there are games with strong female roles. I don’t care who or what is subjugated, objectified, or demeaned in these games. But evaluating them on the nature of these ‘hot topics’…. it’s just childish, a bunch of attention seeking, and what’s the word I’m looking for…. basic. It’s pretentious and basic.

      • Caradog says:

        Well, I simply don’t think it’s possible to separate video games from social or political issues as if video games can exist in pure bubble of sanitised politics-free “fantasy” (which itself could be interpreted as a political statement). Art reflects the beliefs and values of its authors either unconsciously or intentionally.

        • skeletortoise says:

          So I’m not super thrilled to be coming forward on this side of things, and I don’t agree with everything Mr. thingslive said nor how he said it, but I do agree with his general point. For me the issue seems to be that the subject matter seems to take precedence over the actual game itself. I can think of numerous ways you can use games as a platform to promote social or political causes and make a good experience for the player, but ‘collection of sex related minigames’ isn’t a big contender.

          I can’t think of very many games that were just collections of mini games that I enjoyed (none, actually, but I’m sure I’m overlooking things). Adding in sex, gay or otherwise, does not change the appeal of that. And yes, I am not everyone, but I don’t feel as though I’m making a huge assumption by saying that most people’s fondest or greatest memory of gaming wasn’t some socially minded artistic mini game experiment. How about incorporating well written LGBT characters who deal with issues as part, or all, of the story of a straight forward game? Watching that video gave me an impression of an experience on par with going to a weird experimental theater or art show. I can get the point, agree with the point, and still feel insulted by having the point shoved into my face without an effort at subtlety and completely regret having had the experience.

          As I write this I feel more and more conflicted. I know the next Assassin’s Creed or Call of Duty won’t feature a major plot line about the social struggles of gay people, and I know that it’s good to just do something. And it’s hard for me to determine whether I’m bothered by a social issue being clumsily wrapped up in a strange game experience or whether the game just doesn’t look like the sort of thing I’d ever want to play. Both, I guess. It’s cool that something like this should exist, cool of you to report on it, but I just hate the idea that some people might force themselves to like it and talk about it. That they might ignore any of the typical criteria they would normally judge a game by because this game is Important and they don’t want to come off as bigot.

          • Guy Montag says:

            I’m pretty sure you’re not the only the person to think like that, and it’s great to air those feelings. That’s the kind of thing that articles like this are meant to foster, thought and introspection. It’s a pretty big, foundational part of RPS.

            I’d say don’t care, but that’s the wrong word, so don’t worry about how other people come to this. No matter how people react to articles like this (and we can see they run the gamut), take the time and try to come at it genuinely for yourself. Have a genuine reaction, and see where you go from there. It’s what I try to do, and what you just said was a pretty good go at it.

          • MikoSquiz says:

            I feel like as an LGBTQ person I should have some reaction to this thing, but I absolutely can’t manage to find it in any way interesting or important.

            Seeing any level of gay eroticism in a mainstream title would knock my shoes off and make my socks spin, but this just feels reductive and pointless. Just.. “look, guys with their shirts off”, sitting in a vacuum with no context or significance.

          • KDR_11k says:

            Perhaps it’s more edutainment than regular game. So what?

          • Caradog says:

            The point I was responding to is that games should somehow be scrubbed of all politics, as if they by their very nature they exist in separate domains that should never cross.

            Is this the game to champion the queer cause and show the world that people like me are as complex, interesting and flawed as anyone else? Probably not. I haven’t played any of them and cannot comment on their value as games or experiences.

          • skeletortoise says:

            Sorry Caradog, looking back I’m not sure why I replied to you. I’m thinking I just arbitrarily picked one comment to respond to the general negativity. And I completely agree, the assertion that games should be devoid of any politically charged ideas or current issues is ludicrous. It reeks of this idea, oft repeated here, that people are upset only by politicizing games when what’s put out is challenging or new to them. But my whole shtick is that people’s comments make it sound as though that’s the only valid interpretation of someone not enjoying this. Substance should not take a backseat to subject matter.

            MikoSquiz made me realize my issue here. I think with games for me it’s gotta either be pretty abstract and arcadey or it’s gotta have a good degree of narrative or meaningful context.

            Also, thanks Guy, for being welcoming.

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          Syt says:

          I think critics usually are fine with politics or social stances in games, as long as they agree with them. It’s only if there’s a message they disagree with that they often start complaining.

      • Hogans heroes says:

        For someone who does not care, you have put a lot of time and energy into thinking about this and telling others how much you do not care. You care a little bit, eh?

        • Rizlar says:

          Yeah it sounds like they care quite a bit. No need to take it so personally, angry internet commenter! Relax and play one of the several games that’s not about gay sex, it’s ok not to be interested in something.

          • Rizlar says:

            (addendum) But it’s not ok to make someone feel like they have no right to exist.

          • wristaerobics says:

            For in the grim future of 2016 there are only several non-gay games left.

          • Hogans heroes says:

            I imagine they will be off to Radiator 2’s Steam page next to tell more people how disinterested they are with this game, before maybe hitting up another gaming site or two to comment about how little they care. Finally, they will relax in a forum telling people how utterly nonplussed they are about Radiator 2. Then at 2am in the morning in front of their computer, their hand will take a life of its own. The cursor will flick to Steam, select Radiator 2 and, before they know what is happening, it will have clicked play. Bam, they are gay now!

          • Wisq says:

            I find it amazing how some people will freak out when just a few games are released that focus on “race/gender/orientiation that’s not me” … yet completely fail to see how awkward it would be if the roles were reversed and they lived in a world where 99% of games they could play were like that.

        • HumpX says:

          yet if they made a short post not explaining his reasons he would simply be labled a “homophobe”. Taking ANY opposing view thats isnt outright agreement with the subject matter is a losing game in 2016. unfortunate that people cant express an opinion without having the scarlet letter painted on their face.

      • John Walker says:

        I think it’s *ridiculous* to judge books by the subject they’re about. A book about the reign of Henry V, and a cookbook for vegetarian Chinese food, are both books, and should be judged as books.

        And why do books have to be about things that have happened or are happening? Books are for fantasy, you know, wizards, and I’m sick of them being about topics that no one is interested in, like not wizards.

      • Guy Montag says:

        Holy hell, I’m gonna be so glad when stuff like Radiator is normalized, not-pretentious mediastuff, when people aren’t stuffshirts about what games or even general media can entail, just because there’s so much like it that there’s nothing to complain about.

        Of course, the reason this stuff’s important right now, and sites like RPS cover it, is because we’re not there yet. The current non-revolution of continuing to expand our experience with ideas and moments that are not our own is boring change, yes, but change none-the-less, so I get this pushback business. Just… ech, do the mental math required to understand that everyone else out there isn’t you, or ‘have some nuts’ and read another website you identify with more.

        It’s gonna be a beautiful fuckin’ future. I’m gonna be irked as hell until we get there, though.

        • derbefrier says:

          i’ll just be glad when they start covering games because they are fun and interesting again and not because of the subject matter. I mean i looked at this game and think what is there of value here? a bunch of wiener jokes and gay innuendo? is that really all it takes these days?

          I dunno it seems with all these new writers my taste has drastically drifted from this site. when i first started comming here years ago i thought this site was great. it introduced me to games i would have never found now seems to be mostly shitty free little indie games people play for a few minutes then forget forever. /yawn

          • Guy Montag says:

            derbefrier, Cara’s articles on sex and gaming happened for a whole year, two years ago. RPS has covered indies for as long as I can remember, and their coverage has expanded suitably with the growth of that subset. You don’t need to blame this on new writers.

          • April March says:

            “Fun” is a flawed metric for games (although Cobra Club’s ‘glitches’ are a lot of fun) and these games are pretty much the definition of interesting.

          • LennyLeonardo says:

            When “interesting” = “things I already know I like and/or agree with”, it’s time to take yourself in for a tune up.

          • Stellar Duck says:

            ” a bunch of wiener jokes and gay innuendo? is that really all it takes these days?”

            I don’t want to live a life where knob jokes and gay innuendo is not all it takes.

            ” I mean i looked at this game and think what is there of value here?”

            I’m glad we have you to decide what is of worth and value to all the rest of us. What would we do without your sage judgement, o wise one.

            I shall go forth and burn this sort of filth!

            Or maybe I’ll just let them who enjoy it enjoy it and not get my knickers in a twist over a game about THE GAYS!!! exist.

            Fuck me, all these comments are depressing.

          • Konservenknilch says:

            To each their own I guess. Personally, I value RPS not so much for the thousandth article about the current AAA hit, but exactly for weird shit like this, which would otherwise go completely under my radar. That, and the inexplicable love for farming sims.

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          Grizzly says:

          If it were up to me, steam would have an erotic tab and the contents therein would be as diverse as Amsterdam’s night life, and nobody would bat an eyelid at games such as rad2.

          But we don’t live in that world. We live in a world that is dominated by cultures that stomped on less common sexualities and as such a game that presents people with a fantasy of gay sex without all the political bullshit that people that like such things have to deal with is innovative. Especially on steam.

          If Rps would ignore that they’d stray further from neutrality then they have with this article.

      • Wisq says:

        we have people complaining about gender locked characters

        You forgot “male” in there. The problem is not that they’re gender locked. The problem is that 95%+ of game protagonists are male (and I’m being generously low there), and that men have no idea how much it wears you down when you can almost only ever play as the other gender, as if those games are implicitly telling you “only men can be heroes”.

        female characters are too curvy

        And the reverse problem here. It’s not that “some particular character is too curvy”. It’s that they’re all the same. And the men aren’t! They get to be all kinds of body types. But women aren’t allowed unless they’re sexy women.

        And again, that’s not even a terrible problem, in the scope of “just these few games”. But when it’s almost all that’s out there, it becomes a problem. It’s not just insulting to people who don’t fit our ideals (who we’re telling “you can never be a hero”) — it also means we’re creatively stuck in a rut, and we can create more interesting things if we break out of that.

        As an example: The Overwatch character of Zarya came about as a direct respons to critique about the uniformity of the female body types in Overwatch at the time (despite widely varying male body types). They created a female bodybuilder, with an interesting set of abilities revolving around barriers and black holes. Is the game objectively worse for having her? How would it be any better if they just made her like all the other women? Are the women there to do battle (like the story says), or just to be eye candy for men?

        They didn’t have to create Zarya (or Mei after that). They could have easily gotten away with staying silent and doing nothing — nobody was raising a great big fuss over this, it was just “hey here’s a bit of a creative rut they’ve fallen into”. They were already above average in terms of diversity. But they decided, “yes, this matters, thanks for the input” and they decided to do even better.

        (And yes, they got backlash — and they stuck to their guns, because they decided that making an interesting and diverse game was more important than what people were telling them to do.)

        I personally am getting real sick of RPS

        If you’re hoping to stick around and complain until they change, then I’ve got bad news for you — they’ve made it very clear that they take a strong stance on progressiveness and diversity in games, and no amount of comments are going to change that.

        (Also, I find it hilarious and adorable that you think that RPS is only writing about these things because “groups that aren’t even big video game consumers” are “telling [RPS what] to like or care about”. Do you know how much pushback they get about what they write, from people like yourself? If they were really as impressionable as you think, the outcome would be the exact opposite of reality.)

        There’s a ton of games sites out there other than RPS. Many of us come here specifically because we enjoy hearing about these sorts of things that many other sites ignore, and because we prefer to be aware of the regressive issues in today’s gaming industry.

        Because I DON’T care if there are games with homosexual themes

        No, but you do seem to care about people covering them. Your stance seems to be basically, “Oh those homosexuals are fine, so long as they keep to themselves and I never have to see them or anything about them.” (I don’t know whether you’d call yourself a homophobe or not, but I would.)

        But you know what? Homosexual people (and women, and non-white people) read and watch and play most of the same sites and books and shows and movies and games that we do. Why should all that media be focused on you? Why is it such a travesty when someone decides to focus on them for once? Isn’t that all just a bit narcissistic of you?

        • TheLetterM says:

          Bravo

        • Snschl says:

          Wisq put it very eloquently. Also, to address the “tiny audience” remark, I remember a time when The Escapist was not a goblin-infested wasteland and had one of the most active and vibrant gaming communities around, and the same poll made its rounds every few months – “how do you identify?” Every time, more than 20% of the respondents said they identified as something in the LGBT+ spectrum; i.e., at least twice as much as the estimates of queer people in the general population. It’s not that surprising, really – games are liberating, enveloping fantasies, especially when you face some kind of hardship or prejudice in everyday life.

          • GWOP says:

            Interestingly, when Escapist decided they were going to pander to a bunch of Breitbart-loving 4chan rejects, they had a temporary spike in traffic, but now they have had to let go of the majority of their content providers and they are basically fucked when Yahtzee quits.

            Makes me miss the days Susan Arendt used to run the place.

        • aerozol says:

          Thank you.

      • Coren says:

        I fully expect –and hope, for your sake– that a few years from now, the memory of you spreading opinions like those in your comment will be a source of secret but powerful shame.

        If we’re lucky, by then nobody will think it strange that video games can touch on important topics. Maybe we’ll talk about these “political” games less, because they are no longer as necessary as they are now. I’m not holding my breath, though. Somehow I think we still have a long way to go.

      • supercakman says:

        Wow! That’s so amazingly great that you don’t care about it.

        Some people do though. You’re very lucky to have built up a life where you don’t care about such things and can live without being bothered by, say, lack of representation. And I’m not being sarcastic about that part. If it doesn’t bother you, that’s 100% cool.

        But… It does bother some people. And things will always change as opposed to staying the same. So people are always gonna fight for what they want. And that’s cool too!

      • quiggy says:

        Let me tell you a story.

        I’ve been playing video games for over 20 years. I’m also a transgender woman. If for some reason you think I’m not a “real woman” or whatever, fine, just know that I was raised as a boy and now live as a woman, as many other people do.

        In all those years of gaming, I have played exactly one game in which someone like me was the protagonist: dys4ia, a small indie flash game by Anna Anthropy, another trans woman. I have played exactly one game that isn’t a “gay game” with gay subplots that I consider to be even remotely decent: Fallout: New Vegas. I’ve played only a few games that focus truly on gay experiences, like Gone Home.

        In contrast I have played more (presumed) cis straight white men than I can possibly count. In the past few year alone I have been Mario, Link, Ico, Wander, Bruce Wayne, Geralt of Rivia, Ash Ketchum, Isaac, Rico Rodriguez, Pac-Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and 7 of the 9 members of Team Fortress 2 (not counting Demoman, who is black, and Pyro who is ???), and no doubt others I’m forgetting. Even if we’re counting female protagonists, I’ve played, uh, Samus and Faith? Maybe the ladies of Overwatch count? I think that’s it.

        Do you not see the problem here? Do you not see that we’re stifling the medium by only telling stories about straight cisgender men? I’m not saying every game needs to have a transgender lesbian Latina, but I’m saying it would nice to have a game starring a transgender lesbian Latina. It’d be nice if I could break my 20 year streak of playing zero for-profit video games without a person like me in them. I think the industry is moving in the right direction, but we’ve still got a long, long way to go until the demographics of our characters match the demographics of our players.

      • Juan Carlo says:

        Eh, I think everyone’s taking it way too seriously. It’s funny and weird, not as much for the sexuality it depicts, as much as just the absurdism of it. How can anyone play the Popsicle one and not laugh? Reminds me of a “Tim and Eric” sketch in game form.

        • Juan Carlo says:

          …And it’s not included in this package, but that Shower Simulator game was hilarious. Looking down to see your massive pot belly, while the dude in the shower is like, “Yeah, brah! Rub me here” in the voice of a bad 80s action star cracked me up every time.

      • DuncUK says:

        “I really do think these things should be separated, video games and current issues… video games are about fantasy, I want to do terrible and fantastic things in my games.”

        Fine, but RPS covering a game about “issues” is not stopping you from doing that. I simply cannot understand the mindset of someone who’s sense of entitlement is so inflated that they think they can dictate what other people can do and read about in games. I like that there are games about “issues” and that RPS covers them, even if I very rarely ever play these games. We disagree in this.

        On the other hand, I had absolutely no interest in the series on sex in video games as personally these are two pursuits I absolutely do not want to combine. Did I ever post a complaint that there should be less of them? No, I just voted with my feet and moved on. If enough other people find them interesting, that’s great. No harm done to me.

        On the other hand, I do agree that mainstream AAA games should reflect the mainstream audience they’re aimed at. The days of that audience being exclusively made up of single white males drooling over pixellated tits is long gone and in my opinion, good riddance. There will always be games to cater to that audience (anythign with the name Dead or Alive in the title) and they will be where they belong… on the fringes. Much like these games about gay sex.

    • TWChristine says:

      For crying out loud, grow up. We exist, so you’re going to see gay people in tv, movies, videogames, books and whatever else there is. You might even *gasp* see A Real One with your own eyes!

      To be honest though, parsing your words I don’t have much hope for you. You say “promote homosexuality” as if it’s a choice (*sigh* Here we go again..) when in reality it makes as much sense as complaining if RPS talked about a game that had blue sky. The sky is blue. I was born as gay as you were born straight. Get over it. …And someone get me some celery.

    • Hogans heroes says:

      Yea enough ideological propaganda already, get back to the politically neutral games where good Americans, and occasionally Brits, shoot bad foreigners in the face.

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      “Homosexualism”: it’s interesting how one word can tell you all you need to know about someone’s politics. This thread is making me feel fucking sick.

    • slerbal says:

      “homosexualism”
      Haha, I’ve not laughed so much in a long time. What a ridiculous term. Also like other fine folks have said: if it bothers you so much, why are you reading the article and rushing to comment? Or do you actually enjoy being outraged? Many people do enjoy being outraged from time to time (just look at all the readers of the Daily Mail for instance), but it’s not healthy for your mental peace of mind or those around you. Just a thought :)

    • GWOP says:

      Oh, fuck off.

    • Bishop149 says:

      Well, I’m just disappointed a gay man didn’t write the review.
      Obvious discrimination and blatant cultural appropriation.

      Ok, yes I am joking / being sarcastic.

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    Grizzly says:

    As ever, I am conflicted between being happy that this milestone has been reached and being unhappy that we have to walk this road at all.

  3. Tachanka says:

    “If you don’t think that gays are fantastic and dislike watching gay sex, you’re a homophobe.” hahaha, aw man, the comments from ‘real gamers’ sold me on these games, i’m going to have to check them out :D

    • laiwm says:

      Nobody said this, did they Tachanka.

    • christmas duck says:

      I love that people think the good natured innuendo of Robert Yang games constitutes “gay sex”.

      • jrodman says:

        The naked mantorsos are too close to contemplate.
        For some.

    • Darth Gangrel says:

      I dislike watching hetero people have sex, so I guess I’m a heterophobe.

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    Ben King says:

    Waaaait, is there a game where you just sit and have a topless beer with that guy? That would be the most fun of all three I think. The spanking jiggly physics weird me out a bit so the car one and the Popsicle one are definitely the ones I’m most curious about… But if someone could gamify having a cold beer and cigarette with a whole cast of burly Tom of Finland gents I would play the hell out of that. Someone go make that game while I play this. Thanks.

    • Pink Gregory says:

      See, in my mind, man ass doesn’t jiggle. I know that’s untrue, it’s physically impossible for man ass not to jiggle. And yet.

      • jrodman says:

        Some man-asses (and other asses) jiggle more than others. It’s a jiggle-continuum.

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      Ben King says:

      PEOPLE: HOLY HELL THOSE ARE FUN. I had a crazy grin on my face and was laughing out loud for like 20 minutes straight. Hurt Me Plenty was actually the highlight for me in spite of my jiggly-phobia. Need to go back and get 100% of the trophies…

  5. Freud says:

    Good for him. I can’t see myself playing these games but I’m sure they’ll find a niche audience.

  6. f0rmality says:

    Personally I think it’s weird to be talking about games centered around sexuality regardless of what kind it is. I mean you guys don’t really talk about those weird creepy anime hentai games, or newgrounds porn games so why would talking about gay porn games be any less odd? It’s not offensive or anything, just seems a bit off the topic of core gaming.

    But either way, glad this guy managed to find success.

    • Erinduck says:

      Maybe they should. RPS should hire me on to write a review of the entire Meet n Fuck series of games. I’m not joking. I’ve been training my entire adult life for this moment.

      • April March says:

        I would support you on this endeavor. Emotionally, not financially, but still.

      • jrodman says:

        Interesting commentary on hentai games would fascinate me. I’m far to squicked to experience them myself.

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      gritz says:

      Yeah weird when has RPS ever covered sex in gaming??

      Answer:
      link to rockpapershotgun.com

    • Caradog says:

      Err I remember much coverage about a high school pigeon dating simulator on here. It’s not unheard of!

  7. April March says:

    I’m just going to say this: if you’ve read the comments this far and you haven’t read Yang’s linked blog post, go forth and do this now.

  8. imlikeiolo says:

    The funny thing about this is that I think Bastard Bonds already beat him to the punch and slipped under the radar in such a normalized way. It finally launched on Steam after getting through Green Light, and it’s an actually good fast strategy RPG. The fact that it happens to have a lot of beefy bear window-dressing is just icing on a good game.

    I think Yang’s experiments are worthwhile in terms of experimentation, but Bastard Bonds seems like the real deal on a good game having a gay bent, but only being as homosexual as playing Tomb Raider would be heterosexual. That is, the game is enjoyable for everyone, even if the orientation is leaning in a different direction than your own.

  9. Deviija says:

    I’d recommend reading Robert’s blog posts on game development and the the interesting perspective and meanings behind his work. I find it quite insightful and thought-provoking for what to some, on the surface, may seem like *just* ‘sexy minigames.’

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    Admiral Snackbar says:

    Thanks for covering this. I find it interesting how everybody comes out to keep politics out of video games as soon as it’s not about straight white men anymore.

    This is one game, and one article out of hundreds of games and articles. Even having less than .01% of the market targeted towards LGBT people is apparently too much.

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      Admiral Snackbar says:

      Re-upped on my lapsed RPS Supporter Subscription as well. Keep it up RPS.

      • Hogans heroes says:

        It is the old domino theory, you see. If we let them get away with .01%, then in a few decades it could be .02% or even .03%. At that point, we might need to expend some effort to avoid content that we don’t like. In other words, total disaster!

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    magogjack says:

    It makes me PO’d that a game that doesn’t equal the status quo must = political. FFS maybe its just that some people live different lives you myopic mole person gahhhhhh!!!

    Also loves x0x0x0x

  12. newguy2012 says:

    Would RPS cover the game if it featured a woman?

    Sex games does not belong on a core gaming site.

    • phlebas says:

      All other things being equal, I’m pretty sure they would. It wouldn’t have the activism angle or the interesting commentary on what it means to have had it accepted on Steam. But it would still be a collection of vignetty games from an interesting creator whose work they have covered previously. I loved the previous Radiator episodes and have no interest in playing these – but making out that RPS is only interested for the political angle seems downright strange.

    • Alice O'Connor says:

      Hello there! I’m glad to hear you’re interested in more perspectives but have apparently missed all of the stuff about sex, dating, romance, and sexuality that RPS have been posting for many years. Lucky you, getting to read it all in one go now!

      Considering your interest in a female equivalent of this, I’d suggest you start with reading about Consensual Torture Simulator by Merritt Kopas. It’s quite different in many ways but, like Hurt Me Plenty in Radiator 2, is interested in consent, power, and care.

      Let me know how you get on with it! Thanks for reading RPS.

    • Nick says:

      Short answer: Yes.

  13. Capt. Bumchum McMerryweather says:

    Well as John Snow (the newsreader not the bastard) once said: “Well, we’re all a bit gay aren’t we.”

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    chabuhi says:

    See, the real problem is that the universe does not have an infinite amount of space for video games. So it’s very important that we conserve that limited space by ensuring that all games appeal to the broadest number of people. If we keep catering to niches we will run out of room for AAA blockbusters.

    Further, RPS should be careful that they do not burn all their column inches on stories that may or may not be of interest to me. The internet kills enough trees every year as it is.

    I love you all, you beautifully boring straightgayambiguosexuals!!

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      chabuhi says:

      PS – RPS, I do not own a VR system and I do not plan to buy one in the next twelve months, so please stop posting stories about VR.

  15. haldolium says:

    It’s really akward that these things still spawns such a controversial and lenghty comment section… guess I’ll be dead before the sexual orientation of someone becomes irrelevant.

    • Ser Crumbsalot says:

      What did you expect, though? The only reason this game is talked about is because the world is not how you wish it to be.