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The amazing and weird state of sex in PC gaming [NSFW]

Sex in video games used to be a thing that was alluded to but never shown, or a quick glimpse of a curvy shadow right before a cutscene. Games that strayed away from this PG-13 way of displaying sex made headlines (and got mothers across America bent out of shape). When games went further and showed us things like a same-sex (yet different species) scene with the Iron Bull in Dragon Age Inquisition, or Geralt doing what many men would like to do with Yennifer on the back of a Unicorn, people absolutely lost their collective minds. The Witcher series and Mass Effect and other "mature" fantasy games were masters of pushing limits but never really showing the goods.

But that was then, and this is now. And in the now, you have… this.

In the SIMS 4, setting your hair on fire and missing work isn't the most fun thing you can do.

In the SIMS 4, setting your hair on fire and missing work isn't the most fun thing you can do.

Games like The SIMS 4 allow third-party content creators to use the same types of tools that developers paid by game studios to create animations and insert them into the game and on your screen. It's interesting, possibly erotic for many, but it still feels like animated characters in a game merging pixels with each other rather than any type of physical contact.

For that, and to reach the pinnacle of sex in mainstream PC games, we look to Skyrim.

Skyrim

Developers and content creators have been able to merge HAVOK physics and 3D collision into Skyrim's engine in ways that not only let the fabric of your cloak flutter in the wind but can also make a 3D animated schlong penetrate an HTD animated pussy in ways that are almost realistic. Almost.

Yes, this borders on the weird, is fully intended to be erotic for people looking for erotica in a fantasy game, and is some amazing 3D modeling and animation from people who do it because they love it, not because Bethesda pays them.

Nothing here is locked content that's found in the game files. A group of developers at Silverlock.org have developed a DLL file that, when running through a special loader executable, injects new scripting abilities into Skyrim. This brings new ways to interact with the environment — and the people in it — to the engine complete with event-driven dialog and a relatively simple way to include it in a mod.

Skrim new scripted dialogs

Because of the way this script extender changes the game engine, this won't be coming to your Xbox. The game files aren't being modified, but additions to the engine and scripting language require the DLL package and modifications to the way everything runs from disk and memory. It's safe — there are no after-effects because the files from Bethesda themselves aren't altered and once you kill the game process nothing is running. But it is a third-party executable that Microsoft forbids on the Xbox platform. Even if the DLL and engine modifications could be built for the Xbox, you would never be able to install them. This is before we even get to Microsoft's content policies, which prohibit nipples and peckers and other "unsafe" body parts.

You'll see a lot of mods at sites like NexusMods that require SKSE (the script extender that lets the magic happen), but to dig into the more adult side of what can be done you'll need to visit sites like Lover's Lab — the current king of adult content for gaming, and home of Sex Lab.

Sex Lab is a framework for animations and ways to interact with them while they are running. Once installed like any other mod, you can then run others that rely on Sex Lab's content to do things.

As the name Sex Lab would suggest, these are adult things.

Bodyslide studio

You build a special character body, designed with a skeleton that third party animations can use for physics, movement and collision and boobs and genitals that are as unrealistic as you want them to be. Then you're ready to do things.

They range from the mundane things that any middle-aged man and his partner would do to things that make Geralt banging Yennifer on the back of a stuffed horse seem tame. They also go darker, and if you want to see a giant boar or frost troll with a glowing wang have its way with you or your followers, you can.

You can even go darker and into things I'm not going to try or write about.

Skyrim

Yes, the content does have its appeal. While my groin wasn't ever tickled by seeing Delphine giving my character a blowjob or spending a night with Lucan Valerius' member embedded in my backside, I did find myself going back to Riverwood to see what else I could do and what would happen once I did it.

Prostitution or sexual combat mods bring a new element to Skyrim, and gameplay is extended. Knowing that a group of bandits will rape you and leave you for dead when finished makes you play more carefully because losing brings something horrible and unspeakable.

Much of the content will be offensive to many of us. A mod that places an 18-year-old female follower that looks like she is 13 (the actual description) is something that I don't want to try, and maybe even wish it didn't exist. With the help of Google Translate and a good VPN I was able to find things that aren't only offensive, but depict things that are even worse. It gets pretty nasty if you dive in deep enough.

In real life, sex can be complicated and messy. While I'm pretty open to fun, there are things that aren't for me. Sex in Skyrim is the same way.

This also leads into the argument of limits on what we see and do in games. The same companies that encourage killing, terrorism, hijacking and most every other form of violence that can be imagined aren't ever going to encourage sexual penetration or same-sex erotica. I went into this thinking that I'm fine with killing every living thing in range while playing other games, so I'm also OK with anal sex and cum showers in Skyrim. But even I have limits, and there are mods available that go past them. We'll let you find those on your own.

Next-gen virtual sex

To me what is able to be accomplished and how it's done is more compelling that seeing naked characters sticking things into each other. Sex Lab is the content warehouse for sex mods, but the newest entry, called OSex is what happens when you refine what you're able to do and create something that looks even more "professional" than the original.

Osex mod for Skyrim in action

The physics and collision use the same engine, but attention to placement and position, animation speed, and the user interface put OSex completely over the top. The body parts do the things you expect them to do and the facial expressions tie it all together and make OSex almost too lifelike for comfort. Add in a screen overlay complete with extensive controls that allow you to change almost every detail, and you can tell that OSex is different than anything we've ever seen before.

If you've ever been behind someone doing things both parties like doing, you have an idea of how buns and boobs react to gentle movement as well as aggressive thrusting. You know what an opening is supposed to look like when something is inserted into it. So do the animators of the OSex mod, and the line between a game and interactive intercourse are blurred. Because I know it's a game, it was a bit too weird and awkward to get me turned on, but It's not hard to see other people reacting differently. It looks that real. It sounds that real. It's a work of adult art.

This is the future of cybersex. When the people who can create these incredibly life-like ways to get it on are able to incorporate VR, a new (and profitable) genre of adult entertainment will spring to life. We already have vibrators and penis stimulators that work in conjunction with your computer or smartphone, and once we can merge these into lifelike VR sex, porn will never be the same.

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81 Comments
  • Iron Bull FTW.
  • So this is more to do with hacking video games for sex versus how much further games have come to addressing mature content that Hollywood has been showing for decades? I do have to admit that that I got bored halfway through this article when I got to the DLL part, so I apologize if I am incorrect in this assumption.
  • Jesus Christ loves u
  • Everything except the hacking part. Modding isn't the same as hacking especially in games like Skyrim where the devs even give you the tools and encourage you to make mods. But as for the rest, yeah pretty much. These types of mods have been around since modding began decades ago so nothing new here.
  • It comes down to semantics, but if you're using something like SKSE then yes, it is.
  • True, modding is not the same as hacking. That was a poor choice of word for what what I was attempting to say. I really even feel there is nothing wrong with full on code changing of a game so long as its not used to cheat. I was just stating that it would be a more interesting conversation about how far games have come (and how much further they need to go) regarding sex rather than how people have edited games to include more sex.
  • Dead Or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball (Nude Patched) is cool
  • Ah to be 13 again...
  • Oh... the days of a Mac Plus running Mac Playmate! Hilarious stuff! Man I'm a geezer...
  • It doesn't turn you on at all? Not even a little bit? Hard to believe...
  • Oh how could he ever admit it!
  • Wow this is the end of the world
  • Jesus loves all and died for us but all we do with that ultimate sacrifice is VR porn and smart dildos!!! Shame on you...
  • holy dildos!
  • better than holy condoms.
  • So messieur, when's the second cu*ming again?
  • lost in the refractory period as usual i would assume ... :P
  • Really?
  • Uhh...classy. Just not what I'm looking for in games. I passed over The Witcher, in part, because I didn't want that stuff as part of my gaming experience. I'm totally fine with being called a prude, if that's the result. However, I've never found this stuff artsy or high-minded or mature or whatever people name it to make it seem mainstream or cool. I've just found it the opposite--immature, trashy, and meaningless.
  • It's handled well in The Witcher 3 imo. The vast majority of them are optional sequences, as in you can effectively refuse to do it, otherwise they're there to accentuate Geralt's relationship with Yennefer. It's never really thrown in for the sake of it imo.
  • And Triss. In fact the whole love triangle is a major aspect of the game.
  • And the books.
  • This kind of stuff always bores me when I play a game for the story. But as always, this is a matter of taste and nothing changes just because me or you gives it a value or meaning. Peeps like to assess the behavior of others and deem it mature or immature but forget their evaluation is absolutely not absolute.
  • Some people say the same for profanity in games. I say the opposite, if done correctly. This is real life, some people are more open to things than others. Games, like many other great stories and movies, are meant to push boundaries and make you feel emotions, regardless is that emotion is disgust or other negative responses.
  • So do you refuse to watch a movie because it contains sex, or consider it immature or meaningless? Everything has a place in some contexts.
  • I always preferred the BioWare method of fading to black. It's not that I'm a prude. I just think it looks ridiculous.
  • I wanna say one thing. L.O.L. I am screwed, i opened this in front of my mom and that gif played. (:
  • Man, if only the article title was some sort of warning.
  • Man, if only I could upvote you on mobile!
  • Don't tell that to missionSparta him and another clown (his word) went off on me in another thread about up votes claiming everyone can.
  • You could, if you are on the W10M version. If you can't and you are on that version, then you need to submit a feedback case.
  • Well avatar of apathy, I could care less about it really. That's y they were talking trash on other article.
    I'm on 10, 950 since day 1 with all the updates. I won't be submitting anything though. People worry about upvotes to much, it's petty. Feel goods over likes, smh.
  • Funny how most of us squirm over reading about, watching, and discussing this stuff, yet we have no concerns whatsoever about hyper-violence in our beloved games.
  • I wouldn't call it funny, or even surprising. This is a subject that's, for decades, lived primarily as an act of intimacy that happens in private. While it might sound weird, things like gore and violence are more prevalent in day-to-day society. It's not uncommon to hear or read of a fight or shooting in the streets. A couple having sex on the sidewalk? Much less common. So, it's a bit of the reality of the acts (one meant mostly to be private, the other often a public display of power) and being desensitized to the other over time. Lastly, there's certainly more of a point to things like violence in games. That is, if I get into a fight in a game, it's to get somewhere. I just finished playing Shadow of Mordor for the night, cutting off heads and slicing up Uruks to get through their armies and towards my objectives. If I fire up a Skyrim mod and have virtual sex with a character, what am I doing it for? It doesn't exactly progress the game, especially in the most unsavory of the examples in the game. Yeah, I know games like GTA turn it into financial/health gain and such, but that's a different-ish matter, I guess (though I'll add I never liked that aspect of GTA, either). I just find it all to be unnecessary and publicizing a private act. Not enjoyable to me, speaking as someone who never finds value in this whole "push the limit to push it" stuff we see more and more in society.
  • Right... So violence, murder en gore brings you something, makes you score, and intimacy an love are just superfluous? That is kind of a horrible perspective on life to me.
  • Um, I do not know for Skyrim but I know there is the fetish to simply replace weapon combat with sex combat, so called battle ****. The logic of the battle is the same but the means are changed and defeat is climax. Here sex progresses the game too not just violence. And after learning of this I laughed because people would accept more likely violence but not the weird non-violent way.
  • I do find the hypocrisy of violence vs. sex in media funny. Just as we lean more to the violence aspect in the US, I have always heard that European nations lean more to the sex. It doesn't seem to mean like one should take precedence over another. They both have their places because this is true human nature.
  • Violence and sex are both equally present in Dutch media. Nobody here gets up tight or shocked by a naked nipple or something ;-)
  • I find this to be a problem in society in general, it's not just limited to games. For some reason it's acceptable to expose people to extreme violence and torture, but some people believe the world is going to end if they see a nipple. Sex and nudity is natural part of life and even good for us, opposed to violence. It's time for society to deal with this hypocrisy.
  • This. Right here. I would love to give you 10 up votes.
  • Some squirm, some squirt.
  • lol I've been playing illusion games since 2006, this hassle of modding pales in comparison to games made from the ground up to be the next step in porn, just imagine it like this, a picture will get you up to 3/10, a video up to 6/10, but PLAYING WITH PORN will sure as hell get it to 9/10 AT LEAST, you really have to try it before drawing conclusions, its really that next-level
  • It is indeed weird to see an article about sex in video games that forgets to mention the large H games selection available in Japan.
    I expected the author to at least mention Illusion, and the visual-novel games in japan probably account for over 50% of games sold, and often also include sex. This seems like a vegetarian writing an article about the steak-house restaurants.
  • This is a post about mainstream gaming. That's mentioned in the article.
  • I think i spoke too soon when I commented a few articles ago (unboxing Studio) that WC has come a long way since WPC days. I should have used that comment now./s
    Smh.
  • Bedroom coding for the noughties
  • Not really, this sort of thing has been around since at least the 90s... Probably before that.
  • The closest I came was "poking" my speccy for more lives
  • This is wayyy different. If you have Skyrim (not Skyrim SE), install the OSex mod and see. Whether you care for the content or not (I decided it's not really my thing and went back to just killing everyone and everything which really is worse than screwing everyone and everything) you'll be impressed at how well done and realistic everything seems. The 3D collision system is amazing and a close inspection of the scenes in freecam mode shows how the solid parts interact with each other (actually penetrating openings, stretching them and changing their shape data).
  • You're talking about Sex in Videogames and don't mention the latest Dead Or Alive? The most strange game ever, even by japanese standards.
  • That much effort to show adult ingame .... Game is game... Not some pornography...
  • Game is whatever you want game to be, why is a sex simulator any stranger than a murder simulator or farming simulator?
  • Awesome!  In games like Skyrim you can Blacksmith, learn Alchemy, you should be able to reach level 50 in sex - and get better being a politician....  
  • Level 50 gets the Platinum 'Grab 'em by the Pu$$33' trophy.
  • WTF
  • Just curious, what's the uncircumcised vs. circumcised ratio in these sorts of "models"?
  • If trying to be accurate of reality, about 80% intact. "Circumcised" is a euphemism, by the way.
  • Interesting. That's good to hear. If your estimate is pretty close, that would show that even something as trivial as foreskin would be taken into account differently than what the majority of people see in Hollywood films/TV. Euphemism for?
  • Not many intact men would describe their foreskin as "trivial". It's functional, erogenous genital tissue that plays a key role in sex. Hollywood, and the U.S. in general, is an anomaly when it comes to depicting male genitalia. Most men in the world are intact. It's a euphemism that seeks to draw attention away from what it really is: genital mutilation, and, when done to an infant, sexual assault.
  • Dude, relax. I meant trivial with respect to its function within the video game...I can't imagine it playing a critical part in the gameplay? I could be wrong, I don't play many video games, but that's what I meant. For the record, I oppose neonatal circumcision.
  • "Dude, relax". Sorry for the confusion, but I wasn't criticizing you--although, yes, I had interpreted your use of 'trivial' differently than you intended. Thanks for clearing that up, and glad to hear you also oppose neonatal genital cutting.
  • That's up to you when you start the mod that controls the penis models. There are plenty of options for males (including NPCs and beasts) as well as futanari options.
  • Visual novels have had erotic elements forever. The genre just wasn't popular in the west at the time to be noticed.
  • Is anyone else noticing an increase of NSFW articles? Does it add to the site?
  • Mobile Nations has had NSFW articles for a really long time. They used to be limited to Android Central since, well, it was the only platform that allowed it.
    Now that this is Windows Central and not Windows Phone Central, I think it's more than natural to see them here too. I don't see the problem. Why can we talk about games that revolve around killing people or stealing (two harmful actions in real life) yet we can't talk about porn (a harmless action in real life)?
  • No, it doesn't.
  • I have seen such content in moded skyrim and gta only
  • You guys obviously haven't been watching Westworld. 😉
  • Porn mods are really old. I remember the fuss around Tomb Raider II were you could get Laura naked. And The Sims has had porn mods since the first one. There's no point in denying it: if something exists, there's a porn version of it. Rule 34. Besides, if it gets people tempering with code while enjoying themselves, that's great. They have pleasure AND learn something in the process.
  • The weird thing is that Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy in US) had full on, uncensored sex scenes in the nude, with which you interacted with via gameplay input and no one batted an eyelid nor did the mainstream media cause an uproar over it. Thought I'd even look it up before commenting to make sure my memory isn't bad and turns out that the US version was mostly censored, and even the one sex scene left in the game had the nipples removed. Funny that. Here in the UK (and EU) no one had a problem and yet had it been released in the US it'd probably would have had a worse treatment than the whole Mass Effect "scandal". So I'm starting to think maybe the problem isn't with the games themselves but with the way most of the US population & media perceives sex.
  • This used to be a family-friendly site. Shame it's come to this.
  • Ah yes, the world ends with this topic ... far better to endorse good old traditions and make a family-friendly picnic with guns.
  • and zombies, don't forget those nice family-friendly zombies that explode into meat paste when shot with family-friendly shotguns
  • Because the countless articles about zombies and war games is good family fun. Frankly, I'd much rather read about people having sex than people being murdered. Just sayin'. ;)
  • Christmas Wishlist complete! Need to "demo" both Silverlock and Osex to see which one looks better with Skyrim Enhanced.
  • Turns out these mods do not work with the enhanced Special Edition. Original Skyrim only. Oh well.
  • Who remembers Hardline here? And I ain't talking about Battlefield crap.
  • Hot Coffee anyone ? There was this Japanese game that I came across on a site called "Rape Lay" and of course I had to downlaod it and see what it was about... It was pretty bad (subject wise), think of the title and you can think about what the game was about... Talking about this subject, what ever your into, as everyone has their "kink", there is something out there for you in a game...
  • I'm currently being stalked online and my stalker wouldn't like it if I said something inappropriate about this.
  • Good article. Thanks.
  • It's disappointing for me to see this type of article on this site. The tone and language of the article was surprising, also. As far as the violence versus sex comments, both are damaging. And regarding the "sex is natural"comment; let's not confuse porn for sex.