A Game Is Being Beaten
By Leigh Alexander
The trend in video game design is to comment on violence by asking players to perform violence. But could there be pleasure in performing consent?
A popular approach to video-game design is to “think about the verbs.” Interactive entertainment should be verb-led, some say, and the way to make a good game is to think about what the player does. In many games, you have to do the things it wants you to do whether you want to or not. If you don’t like it, as the saying goes, just don’t play it.
Kopas quietly self-published a small, text-only game called Consensual Torture Simulator for $2 on Gumroad. In it, a mutually affectionate couple enjoys a night in. You play as the domme in their kink relationship scene, scratching, flogging, caning, and performing other acts of consensual physical violence on your submissive girlfriend. Both partners have decided to explore the goal of making the recipient of the violence cry.
Read the whole article here: A Game Is Being Beaten – The New Inquiry.
Also linked in the original article: Pixels in Distress (tumblr)