Pornographic Games on Steam: Genres, Modes, and Milieus


  • Petri Lankoski
  • Tanja Välisalo


Steam, pornography, porn games


Pornographic games have historically been distributed outside of mainstream channels. Steam, in 2018, change its policy allowing uncensored pornographic games to be sold. We found 452 games or DLCs that were tagged as mature content and sexual content. We analyzed 40 of those games in detail. 17.5% of these games only contain nudity while the rest graphically depicted sex. Visual novels and adventure games were the most numerous genres. Drama and fantasy were the most used milieus. Two of the games contained only male-male sex whereas the rest depicted heterosexual sex or heterosexualized same-sex sex. The pornographic scenes or nude images were tied to the game's progression structure.





@Conference{digra1934, title ="Pornographic Games on Steam: Genres, Modes, and Milieus", year = "2023", author = "Lankoski, Petri and Välisalo, Tanja", publisher = "DiGRA", address = "Tampere", howpublished = "\url{}", booktitle = "Conference Proceedings of DiGRA 2023 Conference: Limits and Margins of Games Settings"}