We've seen plenty of controversial games over the years, some of which are so edgy that they make Grand Theft Auto look like child's play.
Today marks the release of the latest gaming controversy, this time Super Seducer: How To Talk To Girls. As you can probably infer from its name, it's a seduction simulator aimed at training men on how to woo women with their words in the hopes of getting in their pants.
"Learn state-of-the-art seduction secrets from the master himself, Richard La Ruina", the official description states, later adding that "by the time you’re finished playing Super Seducer you’ll be able to attract and keep women who previously seemed unattainable".
In the game you watch video clips of a guy speaking to women, and then you can choose what to say to them. An outcome will play out, usually with you either being shot down or slapped across the face like Charlie Murphy. The guy will then give you feedback on your choice, usually while sitting on a bed next to two half-naked women who look like they don't want to be there.
Within the drop of a hat, commotion has risen on social media and forums as if Harvey Weinstein just released a new game published under EA. Sony refused to publish the game on PS4, and feminists have rallied to give it negative press. One self-proclaimed feminist game developer with a lot of followers (who we will leave unnamed) went as far as to recommend everyone "review bomb" the game to drop its user review average, as seen below:
It didn't take long for the review bomb to arrive, either. Half the game's reviews on Steam are negative, with most of them playing the game for less than 45 minutes. In addition, petitions have appeared asking Valve to remove the game from Steam, which is the only platform that has allowed its release.
So just how bad is it? It depends who you ask. Objectively, the game shows various dialog options when chatting with women before showing a fictional outcome. Subjectively, the advice isn't exactly great, and will probably lead to you having even more awkward situations with women that include you complimenting her like every other guy out there.
Some scenarios are downright cringey, though. The dialog feels forced and you might just find yourself dancing with a pretty woman before moonwalking out of the club.
Videogamedunkey even covered the game a couple weeks ago, which is a testament to how ridiculous the game is.
Whatever the case, the controversy has only helped the game's popularity. It currently ranks as #7 on Twitch with over 36,000 viewers, and is one of the most talked about games of the day on Twitter. If anything, the complainers are giving the game valuable press.
Yours truly here at eBaum's World Gaming will be livestreaming the game on our Twitch channel this Friday. Yes, that means we'll be buying the game. Come join us for some fun.