So I was playing through Choice of the Deathless again, and one of the things I noticed is that Ashleigh (and I assume the other ROs) explicitly asks to “kiss you, and more” during their major romance event. And I was thinking about how the act of asking made me much more blasé about choosing the options that accepted, whereas a spontaneous kiss would have definitely made me much more uncomfortable.
I know that in real life, I’m strongly uncomfortable with people initiating physical contact with me, even just hugs and things, but if they ask first, I’m usually fine with it. For me, this is because asking establishes boundaries and implies that the other person is willing to respect your boundaries, which can move an interaction from “NOPE” to “sure”.
So, how does the request for/statement of explicit consent impact your thoughts on/interpretation of a situation, specifically in fiction and IF?
I know there are instances where the MC is explicitly asked for consent (CoD, Guenevere), but are there games where the MC asks before initiating anything with an RO?