In an interview with VG247, the Bioshock creator expressed his feelings on the topic. Explaining what he believes to be the innately ridiculous concept of steamy, pixel-on-pixel lovemaking, he said, "It's more like like [the movie] Team America. The sex scene in Team America as opposed to, you know, the sex scene in Black Swan." He also talks about the general spirit of "prudishness" within the industry, flying headlong in the face of his love for foul language. The role (or lack thereof) of sex in video games is ultimately dependent on the degree to which one can suspend his or her disbelief. I'm in a sort of incidental agreement with Mr. Levine on this one, Granted I've never found sex, or even sexual tension to be especially compelling in any medium, but it stands out much more clearly in video games. Less concrete ideas such as love, longing, etc. translate just fine into the gaming realm -- I was one of those sissies that shed a tear or two at the end of Shadow of the Colossus -- but I've never felt anything of any substance when faced with intimate encounters between video game characters. Still, as games are an ever-evolving art form, perhaps we will see something more sophisticated in the future for those, unlike myself, who do not fall into the category of "cold, asexual robot." VG247 will be posting the full interview soon, so be sure to check out their site in the coming days.
What are your thoughts, gamers? Is sex and nudity in video games akin to "puppets with their clothes off," has it been done well at times, or is it altogether unnecessary? Sound off in the comments section!