Report: Steam cleaning up its site

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

video game controller in handsAn online gaming store is promising to clean up its content after a two-year campaign by a children's advocacy organization.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has been trying to get the online gaming platform Steam to clean up its act. The self-described "social entertainment" platform – a creation of the Bellevue, WA-based Valve Corporation – has offered such games as "Porno Studio Tycoon" (which allows users to act as a pornographer) and "House Party" (a "hook up" game that focuses on manipulating women to have intimacy with the gamer in order to win). (See earlier story from OneNewsNow)

Late last week, the site informed its developers they must get rid of pornographic depictions in their games. NCOSE president Pat Trueman says it's a great victory.

"I think there's something like 35 million children on Steam," he tells OneNewsNow. "So whatever game you want to play, you'll find it. Virtually all the games are on Steam. We call it the Wal-Mart of online gaming."

Trueman says "House Party" isn't even the worst offender on Steam. Some Japanese anime games, he says, are a lot worse. "The sexual imagery not only includes adults but children," he notes.

Trueman

NCOSE will be keeping an eye on Steam. "Now they are cleaning up their system – but something like this needs to be watched," Trueman shares. "We've learned that some of the game developers have received emails from Steam saying that they're not necessarily going to stick to that deadline to remove their pornographic material."

Trueman encourages parents to keep an eye on what games their children play on Steam, pointing out that ridding games of pornographic content won't get rid of all the objectionable material in the games.

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