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The trend in video game de is to comment on violence by asking players to perform violence. But could there be pleasure in performing consent? In many games, you have to do the things it wants you to do whether you want to or not. Games have a heritage in simple verbs.

You jump on that guy, you grab the thing, you beat the boss. Lots of people spent hours in a basement yelling things like get that guy, get him , and trying to win the prize at the end of all the verbs: often a woman, locked in a castle, imprisoned in an ice crystal, bound with rope, tied to a wall, a scaffold, a set of shackles. You went down drainpipes or blew whistles in order to travel. It was too absurd and abstract to be real or even realistic. But you as the player are still doing the same limited things.

Run, jump, shoot, get. One of the great game-de questions of our present day seems to be whether video games need to concern themselves with genuinely mature storytelling. And if the answer is yes, as many creators think it is, then the question becomes how to deliver it within the familiar lexicon of a relatively narrow range of known verbs. Even the best large-scale commercial efforts straddle a bizarre line: The urgently sincere facial-mapped performances of real-world actors are superimposed on ridiculous sci-fi plots; long sequences of emotional music agonize over deaths the player thought little of pulling a trigger to cause.

Some games unspool cinematographic narrative sequences that occasionally pause to confront you with a blunt invitation: Press a certain button to do something, to do a verb. In a now infamous scene, the main character loses his son Jason in a shopping mall and must run around calling for him. Even though it was an extreme send-up of the ways agency is often limited in games to serve a narrative purpose—and its intentions were comedy—fans remember the cube with poignant fondness, like a shared cultural touchstone.

Still, sometimes the simple act of allowing the player agency over a verb—reinforcing the fact they have to push the button themselves—can be powerful. And then after a pause, you realize that you, the player, have to finish the job. To do the verb to kill. Just like in Metal Gear Solid 3 , there is no mercy option. To continue with the game, the player needs to bludgeon an aging little man again and again, as he quails and stumbles before our eyes. The game aims to make a few provocations about genuine choice and agency in games and in life, and that moment of confrontation is critically hailed as a success to that end.

Playing as Trevor, the kind of conventionally repellent, stained sociopath that South Park fans are liable to find really clever , players have to use hammers, pliers, waterboarding, and other instruments of coercion against a subject suspected of concealing terrorist insurgents. Forcing the player to do such gruesome acts is probably intended to be some kind of self-contained statement on ugly U. There is no consequence for completing the act; the player simply moves on to the next mission. The only other choice is to shut the game off. It is a quintessential act of senseless violence in a medium that often loves to be senseless, to go unexamined.

Game violence has no relationship to real-world violence, many fans argue, because games are unreal, unbelievable. Independent deer Merritt Kopas makes games about bodies, gender, and sexuality. And crucially for her, all these button-pressing forced verbs, these supposed narrative teaching moments, are one-sided and nonconsensual. In it, a mutually affectionate couple enjoys a night in. You play as the domme in their kink relationship scene, scratching, flogging, caning, and performing other acts of consensual physical violence on your submissive girlfriend.

Both partners have decided to explore the goal of making the recipient of the violence cry. The player character must periodically rest, as much to recover their own strength as to comfort their partner, emphasizing the communication and care that is essential to consensual bondage and violence play. Kopas wanted to illustrate the way the dominant role has to push its comfort zone, to hit someone who wants to be hit, as hard and as often as the recipient desires. It feels subversive, too—the most popular vision of the independent game scene tends to be a predominance of nerdy white dudes making cartoonish, masochistic platform games.

Last year in The New Inquiry, I wrote about women and minority gamemakers using new, free tools and self-publishing to disrupt the traditional landscape with sophisticated self-expression. Kopas takes this a step further by daring to ask for money for her work, a step that still feels new and complicated for many minority artists.

But games as a medium are about action, reaction, and impact. What if creators broadly accepted that consent—the verbs to want , to say yes , to truly accept , to agree —could be more interesting or provocative? Games have been tying up and imprisoning cartoon women for as long as anyone can remember.

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