The Top Ten Video Game Sex Scenes
- By: CM Boots-Faubert
- Posted 27th Mar 2012
02 -- Indigo Prophecy -- 2005 Quantic Dreams / Atari
What has been only half-jokingly called the "Guitar Hero" of video game sex scenes, the seduction of Tiffany by protagonist Lucas Kane in Indigo Prophecy begins with his playing the electric guitar for a QTE event in which the player must finesse the joysticks before ending up in bed with Tiffany, where they finesse... Well... Tiffany!
As odd as that may sound, this sex scene is the number 2 most voted and is the second scene and video game to make the list from Quantic -- but the amazing thing is that this one came out a full five years before the scene from Heavy Rain!
If you are wondering how this sex scene -- and this game -- managed to be released in 2005 without pulling in the level of attention and controversy that titles like Mass Effect and Dragon Age did, perhaps the reason for the lack of protest over the sex scenes in indigo Prophecy has to do with the fact that it was a heterosexual scene in a game that was released from the start as an adults-only title, carrying the ESRB Rating of Adults Only, 18 and over?
Bearing in mind that US release of the game -- which was titled Indigo Prophecy -- is substantially different than the game as it was released in the rest of the world, under the title Fahrenheit. What was the difference? Well, largely it was in what was taken out for the release in the US, which was a lot of the nudity and sex. On the one hand a point was made that the nudity and sex in the game was all within the context of the story and tastefully done, but on the other hand the game was published by Atari in North America and it needed to be able to be sold at your local area WalMart Store, so the self-censorship made a certain sense...
So what we end up with is a game that contains a sex scene that is absolutely necessary to the story, a sex scene that was edited to remove the more steamy aspects, and yet nevertheless it was still so powerful a moment in the game that it made it almost all the way to the top of the list in the memory of gamers. No matter how you measure it that is a good sex scene.