Steam rejects the sexual experience in VR Holodexxx
“The future of adult entertainment is photo-realistic adult stars in virtual reality,” according to developer Holodexxx, who takes digitized 3D models based on adult movie stars “and brings them to life using the latest chatbot technology ”. As the developer of Holodexxx explained in a recent blog post, after being kicked out three times in the past year, they’ve given up on trying to sell their vision of the “future of adult entertainment” on Steam.
First, Holodexxx submitted a nudity-free “PG-13 experience” in which a virtual model of actor Riley Reid “performs a sultry dance” while a video of other digitized models dancing performed in the background. . She was dismissed with “a boiler-plate explanation stating that pornography video was not allowed on Steam.” Next, Holodexxx submitted Meet Marley, who gave users the option to inspect a naked 3D model based about adult artist Marley Brinx. After that was rejected, they asked Valve’s submissions team for further explanation, asking for “a brief overview of what would be allowed on Steam, given our content.” They didn’t receive one, instead, they were told that Valve “will judge our next app when they receive it.”
Finally, Holodexxx submitted Holodexxx Home. Believing that the issue may have been that “adult content on Steam requires story / gameplay,” Holodexx Home included some interactive elements. The player talks to a character named Lady Euphoria, played by Marley Brinx, using a chatbot dialogue system, ultimately leading to a demonstration of the sexual content of Holodexxx: “Euphoria is stripped by the player through a series of live interactions. virtual reality, and teases himself at a Climax. “
After waiting several weeks and submitting multiple help tickets, Holodexxx’s latest offer was also rejected, once again with the explanation “Steam does not allow ‘pornography’ on their platform.”
Earlier this year, Valve rejected a request to sell the Super Seducer 3 pickup artist training tool on Steam, telling its creator that “Steam does not deliver sexually explicit images of real people.” The developer of Holodexxx surmised that its products were against the same rule, saying, “Our hunch is that Steam doesn’t like the idea of nude models based on photogrammetric scans, but for their own reasons, they don’t. unwilling to report it. “
However, games like House Party have added real people without being removed. YouTuber and model LetyDoesStuff were added to the House Party cast two years ago, and it remains available for sale on Steam today.
Valve has avoided nailing down or explaining its decisions about adult content, which has confused developers. Games like Memoirs of a Battle Brothel, an RPG featuring sex scenes, are coming to Steam without a complaint, as is a legion of hentai puzzle games, but Holodexxx’s virtual sex apparently goes too far.
Steam’s official rules and guidelines contain a list of things that shouldn’t be posted on the storefront. This listing currently includes “Sexually Explicit Images of Real People” as well as “Video Content Not Directly Related to a Product that Shipped to Steam” and “Non-Interactive 360 VR Videos”. A look at the same page using the Wayback Machine shows that these rules were added last year. They appear in a snapshot of the November page, but the same page in October didn’t mention any of these things, although it did list the entry in one word as “Pornography.”
As the developer of Holodexxx explains, “After another back and forth with the review team, we weren’t any closer to figuring out what Steam’s policy was on ‘porn’ or even how. they defined pornography. The bottom line was that the critics knew about the pornography. when they saw it, “and would not further define the nature of their decision-making process.”
Holodexxx software remains available for sale on itch.io, along with many other products that have recently seen it branded as filled with “offensive and sexualized content” by an attorney representing Apple.
We have reached out to Valve for clarification on the Holodexxx rejection and will update if we receive a response.