Beta testers and adult content


#1

My game includes non-explicit sex (of the passionate but “fade to black” variety), profanity, and violence. Is anyone old enough to read the forums considered appropriate for testing this kind of game? If it’s against guidelines or people think it would be inappropriate, how would I know whether my potential testers are minors?

I read a lot of racy and violent stories when I was 14 or so, but I was raised by wolves and have very little idea what is normal. Please advise.


#2

Most games include profanity and violence and since the sex isn’t explicit I don’t think there will be a problem.


#3

That’s a good question, and one I wish I would have asked a few weeks ago. :fearful: It didn’t even cross my mind to ask potential beta testers their ages. And even then, there would be no way to confirm their responses.

I assume that everyone on here is at least a high schooler, but come to think of it, I’m not sure why I’d assume that to be the case. And even if they are high schoolers, some content is probably best left to adults.

I could compare notes with you in private about sex, violence and cursing (wait…that sounded bad) but from reading Monster High a few times, I get the feeling that our “potentially offensive content” may be similar and is probably appropriate for teenagers.


#4

Yeah, I get the impression most people are here precisely because they want to read that stuff.

As the proud author of a game Apple won’t sell to anyone under 17, I can take a look at pretty much anything.


#5

Let’s start asking for identification.


#6

i’m 17, which is one year over the age of consent in where i live, england.


#7

You can be the muscle to enforce the age limit. I like being the good cop. :policeman:


#8

I was more worried about 14-year-olds. As an American, an “adult” having sex with a person under 18 squicks me out - this is also related to my own experiences. Still, I do feel uncomfortable about showing even subtle sexual references to testers who are 16 or younger. I recognize my own personal limitations, so thank you to anyone who has offered advice about it.


#9

Well, in America, 18 is the minimum age for X-rated(sex) things. I think CoG is based in America, but even so… It’s not like you can tell who is of age just from someone saying so.

There was a game a while back that did feature pretty heavy adult content where the MC was a female wrestler.

Anyway, if you were wanting to share the game, you could always put a warning of the content being inappropriate for those under the age of 18 on the thread and the game. If someone under 18 still looks at it(in America at least)… Well, there was a warning.


#10

Guess I’m raised by wolves


#11

From the rules.

Minors: If you are a minor, you should not follow links that are explicitly marked as “adult”. If you do follow those links, we take no responsibility for what you find there. Furthermore, if you are a minor, and you tell us that you are a minor, and you post in a thread explicitly marked as “adult”, we will censor your posts.


#12

Are you looking for betas? If so, hit me up.

I’m 24 so no problem there.


#13

cog is based in america so american laws, no characters under 18 doing things against american laws
but if the players are outside the country and are over the age of consent and play the game i suppose that is covered by their country’s laws?

do i count as a minor here even though i am not a “minor” (i don’t think we even use “minor”…?) in this country?


#14

@Bagelthief

You’re not a minor.

And no, I don’t think that’s a rule. There’s plenty of games with characters breaking laws.

Most of the games steer away from sex, admittedly. Choice of Romance has you 16, and engaging in sexual activities. Admittedly Choice of Games has yet to release anything even close to graphic. You’ll find more risque stuff in the young adult section of the library than you will in their games.


#15

@FairyGodfeather oh! thankyou!


#16

Man, my last post in this thread is the least coherent thing I’ve written on these forums. That will teach me to try to communicate while sleep-deprived. But thanks, I did get the answer I need.

It sounds like as long as I have a content warning and am not writing gore or erotica or anything on that level, I should be fine with trusting testers to know what they can handle. Cheers!