With the rise of  platforms like Steam Greenlight and Patreon, we're seeing a rush of new games that are not afraid to get sexy, whether or not this is a good thing is still debateable. Looking for a cheap thrill I decided to download a bunch of indie games and see where we're at in terms of sexuality in gaming. 

 

1. Stick Shift

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Stick Shift is an indie game by Robert Yang in which you manually please your gay car. I'm not making assumptions here, the official description on the website promises "sex through the tender caresses that seduce gay cars everywhere".

 

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You play a dashing young driver who is ready to go all the way with his vehicle. To do this you stroke your mouse up and down until the odometer revs enough to change gears. The excitement builds with each pop of the clutch as the techno soundtrack grows louder and the world begins to melt away in a hedonistic hallucinatory bliss, until... you get pulled over by the cops.

 

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If you get lost in the ecstasy of driving your beloved, you might not notice the police cars that will pull you over for speeding/deviant behavior. As you're confronted with the flashing lights and chatter of the police scanner you are unable to play the game for a set amount of time. You can reboot your computer, restart the game, futz with the clock, but it doesn't matter. You have to wait. The only thing you can do is... blow kisses at the cops.

 

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This is the best part of the game. I went back and donated an additional dollar once I found out that the program doubled as "Blow Kisses at Cops Simulator 2015". Each time you click, you blow a kiss and 10 more minutes get added to your time penalty. I was clicking back and forth so much to take this screencap that I ended up getting locked out of the game for 4 hours. You can get it right now as a Pay-What-You-Want download and I heartily recommend you do so immediately.

 

2. Plug & Play

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Plug and Play is short a black and white art game that ponders the meaning of relationships and human isolation, so it's basically kryptonite to people who are afraid of pretension. It only takes a few minutes to play through and the whole time I could not tell if it was blatantly mocking artsy-fartsy indie games, or embracing it with arms/butts wide open.  

 

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The animation style is really interesting and I was compelled to keep moving forward. Aesthetically, the game is great and there is a bizarrely satisfying "click" as you continuously insert plugs into various outlets, connectors, and orifices. If you're ok with spending 2.99 for something that is brief and won't make you aroused, give this game a shot and/or go on a date with me.