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Feature: 29 columns about sexuality, love and lust

The Complete S.EXE, Cara Ellison’s Series About Games, Sex and Relationships

From 2014-2015, RPS's Senior Scottish Correspondent Cara Ellison wrote S.EXE, 29 columns about games about sex, games about love, games about the space in between those two things, games about sexuality, and games about schlongs. Unfortunately the series is on indefinite hiatus as Cara takes a break from writing about games after her spectacular but surely exhausting Embed With... project, but whether you missed it…

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Feature: Consent And Education In Videogames

S.EXE: Adult Entertainment & James Deen

In 2010 stand up comedian Dara O'Briain said, "I love videogames... I enjoy saying that because half of the room are looking at me, going, 'Ah Jesus, you're 38.'...It's less embarrassing if I say 'I masturbate to hardcore pornography'." It wasn't the first time videogames and pornography were lumped together. In 2008 GamesRadar reported that psychiatrist Dr Jerald Block said that people feel more shame…

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Feature: Men and women can’t be friends

Full Throttle’s Great Relationship

This week I've been trying to think about a relationship between a man and a woman in a game where they become close, but don't actually have romantic involvement or a silly damsel in distress situation. There's a strange set up that is echoed throughout our culture that [heterosexual] men and women can't be friends, just like in Billy Crystal's famous speech in When Harry…

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Feature: Two Games As One

S.EXE: Come Together

In the middle of the sort of teen love you only seem to get in ‘edgy’ Channel Four dramas I heard the Primal Scream track Come Together for the first time. It played at the end of the British rave culture movie Human Traffic. Strange to me to hear such a slow, elated thing in an era where fast pop beats were ruling my life,…

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S.EXE: Seven Stories About Love

The first time I ever wrote anything about games, it was because I was still brokenhearted about a relationship that had dissolved years ago. PC Gamer edited the 4000 word essay into a six pager about Dota in 2012 and it is still one of the best things I have ever written. But wherever I go, whatever I do, games participate in a meaningful way…

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Feature: Not That Kind Of Dome

S.EXE: Romantic Encounters At The Dome

"You have made a career of playing stupid shit," my friend tells me, as she stares at me playing a 2D MS-DOS platformer that sees a naked man with a semi erect cock jump around collecting beer and pissing on doors to open them. "It may be true," I say, grazing the man's knob-end off the side of a floating platform that is strangely reminiscent…

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Feature: Hunkmas

S.EXE: Coming Out On Top (NSFW)

RPS, I have been having a good time. An extremely good time. I mean a good time in every way: A new gay dating sim has snuck into existence, it is called Coming Out On Top, and it is funny, sexy, nervewracking, tense, charming... and it has fully naked, good-looking dudes in it. Who kiss each other! And do other hot 18+ things. Also there…

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Feature: Meta-romance

S.EXE: Creatures Such As We

When Max Payne, the dark bullet-time Sam Spade-'em-up game came out in 2001, I thought it possessed a most ingenious game meta-narrative moment. (I was sixteen, and I was easily wowed.) If my memory serves correctly, at one point our raspy-voiced Phillip Marlowe stand-in Max is injected with an overdose of the drug Valkyrie, a heroinesque substance, and hallucinates for a few levels. At one…

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Feature: Rock, Paper, Scissoring

S.EXE: Girlvania Summer Lust (NSFW)

Someone sent me this 'All-Girl Sex Simulation' Girlvania because I guess I have this reputation now. What I did was I got some All Girls together (women who have sex with other women) in the New York Museum of Sex bar, plied them with alcohol, and asked them to look at the game. Is this a thing you can count as your job? I guess…

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S.EXE: Gateway Shuffle

Stars glint off the side of the hull as the wartorn ship slowly turns in space. She sits in her underwear, staring out at the far-off smear of white on the blue-marbled orb and the drifting neon love hotels by the casino station. She is hung, suspended, her stomach grumbling, her muscles barely remembering what seiza is like, or what fish and chips taste like.…

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Feature: Father figures

S.EXE: Vampire The Masquerade – Bloodlines Part 2

This is the second part of my Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Diary. You can read the first part here. All of this is huge spoilers so it's only your OWN fault if you read any of this and then ruin your whole life because you spoilered this wonderful game and then you will never like anything again and love will seem hollow.

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Feature: Cyberpunk Bartending Sim

S.EXE: VA-11 HALL-A

Some of my favourite people in the world have been bartenders. I mean, I didn't speak to many of them for more than ten minutes, and I know how it works - I used to tend bar too - you flirt for tips and for kicks. But a bartender has an uncanny way of being able to flip a switch in you. Not just with…

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Feature: The Top Gun Of Videogames

S.EXE: Gone Home

Quentin Tarantino has a monologue about Top Gun in the little-known Hollywood metamovie Sleep With Me. In it, Tarantino discusses in his typical teenage terminology how Top Gun, as well as being a romantic Cold War macho-off, is a film about the main character coming to terms with his own homosexuality. Tarantino names this subtextual narrative 'fucking great' and 'subversive'. But it would probably have…

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Feature: Hollywood Romance

S.EXE: Indiana Jones And The Fate Of Atlantis

A long time ago, when I was just a fledgeling writer who had just attended her first Game Developer's Conference and only accidentally brushed shoulders with Tim Schafer at a bar, I was surprised to get a message on Facebook from Noah Falstein. He had noticed that my cover image was of the 1992 LucasArts point and click adventure Indiana Jones and the Fate of…

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S.EXE: F**k Everything (RNSFW)

Well, it's been a hellish two weeks, RPS. This week's S.EXE comes to you from the heart of one of Europe's most beautiful and sexually liberal cities, Amsterdam, where I am sat with a glass of Pinot Blanc, bread and some sort of Gouda, watching the internet try to hack away at the self-esteem, security, and self-belief of women who make and talk about games.…

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Feature: HE DOESN'T EVEN LIKE TO TALK ABOUT SWORDS

S.EXE: Dragon Age II And The Long Road

I usually discover the best stories about games over a quiet drink with a friend. This week I am residing in the Isle of Wight, working with the artist Howard Hardiman, author of The Lengths. The Lengths is, amongst other things, an exploration of the world of male gay escorts based on real conversations with sex workers; illustrations and dialogue of the feelings and life…

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Feature: In The Dark

S.EXE: The Arboretum

This week on S.EXE I am bringing to your attention the slowburning intimate relationship of two people in Matthew S. Burns' The Arboretum. The Arboretum was just released on the always excellent Unwinnable dot com, a place that welcomes experimental writing and game design and published yours truly before she really knew who she was. The Arboretum is a gentle and deftly-written text adventure, linear…

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Feature: "ticklish school romance adventure" doesn't begin to cover it

S.EXE: Hentai Edition (NSFW)

I have been aware, for a while at least, that for S.EXE you wanted me to do something on Hentai/eroge/H games, and so this week I fulfilled your wish with Da Capo. For a pretty long time I didn't want to cover Hentai, the main reason being that I couldn't find one that appealed to my personal libido and I am very selfish. (Though when…

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Feature: Touching Peters

S.EXE: Groin Gravitators

My circumstances have changed yet again as I make my way around the world on a silly adventure with game developers. I find myself writing this week's S.EXE in the muggy heart of the most boisterous American city, New York. It is currently pissing it down, and yet, as my friend Rob Dubbin remarks, it is hot like 'a city on the surface of Venus'…

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Feature: Sexy, terrifying bastards

S.EXE: Vampire The Masquerade – Bloodlines Part 1

When you think of California, you probably think of sun, people wearing shades, the wide, flat pavements sunbleached and neat. But when the night falls in Santa Monica, CA, it gets mortuary cold. I'm staying there this month and I found myself thinking of Jeanette the other night. Something about a tumultuous relationship, smudged kohl, and Jeanette. So I paid for another copy of Vampire:…

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