Sony has released a myriad of video games under its flagship consoles through the years, representing different genres, ranging from the super kid-friendly to the violent and gory ones. That, however, does not mean that the company will just let every game get a thumbs-up.
The tech and gaming giant has blocked the release of video game "Super Seducer" on the PlayStation 4 (PS4) last Tuesday. Sony's move to ban the game stems from the criticisms the title received, with some observers calling out its sleazy nature, BBC reported.
Interestingly, Sony did not explain the exact reason for its decision to bar the game's release, though it is likely that the company is taking steps in response to the criticisms of the game. "Super Seducer" is a game designed to teach men how to pick up women in different places like bars, offices, and coffee shops. On the flipside, "seduction guru" Richard La Ruina, who incidentally appears in the video game, gave a short reaction to Sony's decision.
"My comment is that I have no comment on this," La Ruina told Motherboard. Meanwhile, an anti-harassment group expressed its concern over games like "Super Seducer" and its negative effects. "When we give mainstream access to sexism, we allow it to proliferate and grow," said Emily May, co-founder and executive director of nonprofit Hollaback! in an email to Motherboard.
"We need to hide this game under a rock and starve it—and the whole PUA culture—of light and oxygen until it dies. PUA culture is what society tells men to be, and it starves men of options and different ways of being in the world," explained May.
Earlier this year, La Ruina defended the game in an interview with PlayStation Lifestyle, noting that it is "not a dumb FMV game." He further went on to say that they had invested a lot of time in developing the game and ensured that "the women are all strong in it." "It's easy to dismiss when you see pickup artist and then FMV, but it's a lot deeper and smarter than you might get," La Ruina added.