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Consent in Gaming (ft Tim Schafer)

Video games are all about agency; players having the ability to enact their will within virtual worlds… often without any constraints, at least, as long as you’re willing to grind hard enough. Speaking of grinding - sex!

Agency also has a big part to play in that, particularly in relation to consent. Games create interesting questions around consent, mainly because a group of people sets the rules and defines the extent of agency the player has, whether for the wild freedom of sex on demand in the open world of CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 or more linear, directed experiences like Double Fine’s Psychonauts 2. So let's get sexy and talk about consent in video games and look at whether we can do it better.