Hello, I’m new to choicescript and have begun working on a project just recently that is a modern psychological horror. The thing is, being a ‘realistic’ horror… it has some… questionable content.
In short, I’m probably making an R rated game at the least- but how should I handle this? Both in how to let a potential audience know what to expect (right now I have a disclaimer screen at the beginning), and what if anything I should actually avoid? I’m trying to go for some amount of shock factor- a sort of ‘cringe This stuff -does- exist in the world, doesn’t it?’ reaction. Like- I have not really seen any CoG with foul language, and I can understand that in many fictional settings. But not having that in a day-to-day real-world sort of setting doesn’t make sense to me, as though it would take away from the reality of the story. So casual foul language (but not, necessarily, excessive), violence, murder, content of a sexual nature (potentially questionable), idyllogically sensitive content (eg prejudices, religious views, ect)- I would like to include these things in my story because… bluntly, it wouldn’t be much of a psychological horror without them… but I don’t really know at what point a prospective audience would be turned off by such content. How do people think I should handle this? I’d like to gather opinions before actually getting very far into the story, so I have no real examples to give. If there are already guidelines for these in place, would someone be kind enough to link me to them?
Also… I’d appreciate different people’s thoughts on whether not to hold anything back, or to cut content that might be overly offensive? Personally, I just have a really thick skin when it comes to such things, but how should I handle writing an R rated story?