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Barkley said:
Now if this wasn't a visual novel there'd be no issue. A live-action film with the following description would be fine:

"A film that aims to raise social awareness of child and school related social issues through a story about four troubled heroines who, under unexpected circumstances, join forces with a young hapless teacher to fight against the evil forces that mean to exploit children."

Visual Novels (and to a lesser extent anime) just have a very seedy reputation in the west.

There's also the artstyle to take into account. I'd imagine that they took on an artist who worked on erotic loli stuff, because the artstyle in-game is pretty much in line with the non-H CGs in eroge VNs and non-H parts in 3D h-animation.

I mean, the artstyle has pretty much established itself at this point, so if you pick up a VN artist whose expertise is children...



 
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So does that mean that all of the Senran Kagura titles on Steam are gone? Save the underage teen Ta-Tas!!!!



Sounds like Valve didn't even play it like they claimed, just listened to some whiny SJW's complaining about the marketing for the game on the discussion page. I'll admit the marketing isn't great, with the whole "for gentlemen and gentlewomen who love little girls thing", but marketing can be easily changed, and it sounds like the game has no sexual content in it at all considering it got a 0 rating in Japan. 

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Valve's store, Valve has the say on what goes and doesn't go there.

That being said, I don't think Steam needs to be filled with asset flipping trash, but I also don't think it needs to be filled with the game described in the article either.

The dev has other outlets to go to, maybe they should try GoG and see how they respond (I imagine if they didn't respond in kind, you'd be quick to post about that too).

Steam is still a great platform for developers. Just because you want every single nsfw/slightly nsfw game under the sun to appear on their store, doesn't mean it has to. You don't even buy from Steam, let alone game on PC anymore, and yet you're always one to quickly post negative news when it comes to that platform.



                                       

"This is a visual mystery novel for all gentleman and gentlewoman who love little girls!"

What the f is that supposed to mean? The whole think is very sketchy, they had good reasons to remove this "game", because at the end of the day, it's their store, they do what they want.



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jardesonbarbosa said:

"This is a visual mystery novel for all gentleman and gentlewoman who love little girls!"

What the f is that supposed to mean? The whole think is very sketchy, they had good reasons to remove this "game", because at the end of the day, it's their store, they do what they want.

It's just cultural differences. Moe is a big aspect in Japan and has nothing to do with pedophilia. You could even describe "cute little girls" as a genre over there. Because who doesn't like cute children doing cute things? Some of the best animes out there are "cute girls doing cute things". There is nothing sketchy about it.



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It's Valve's platform, so they can do what they want. It's any studio's choice to put their game on there as well..



I read it as something that was lost in translation when the word "like" was used.
But the email they wrote it said fond instead. A cultural misunderstanding?



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Removing this game after creating it's page and everything is just a shitty move, and Valve should be sued by this developer because they probably wouldn't even translate it to english should it not have been approved. At least I hope this gives them some marketing and they sell a lot on GOG.



Gourmet said:
Removing this game after creating it's page and everything is just a shitty move, and Valve should be sued by this developer because they probably wouldn't even translate it to english should it not have been approved. At least I hope this gives them some marketing and they sell a lot on GOG.

I tried a VN search over on GoG and it didn't really turn up with anything. Though I found a user mix, which resulted in 3 games an an addon: https://www.gog.com/mix/visual_novels

 

It doesn't seem like GoG are on the VN bandwagon.