There are those who will claim that anyone who doesn’t like sex in video games such as this one should just “not buy the game” and avoid “ruining the fun for others”. These are the exact types of comments that come from an immature gamer.
Sex and nudity, gore and excessive violent content do not make a game “mature” and the M for Mature rating itself is just a label to allow developers to slip this controversial content in whenever they can to draw more attention to their titles.
Rockstar has a reputation for putting nudity and sex in their games so it’s no surprise really that Red Dead Redemption would have such a scene. They proved in their Grand Theft Auto series that they like to push the boundaries of what is allowable and acceptable. Due to some heated debate over the “Hot Coffee” mini game scandal, Rockstar has kept to mostly implied sex scenes and sexuality. But in Red Dead Redemption, they decide to take it a step further and introduce sex in their games in a new way. If controversy is what they’re after, then they’ve certainly done the trick!
The famous Red Dead Redemption sex scene happens at the beginning of “The Gates of El Presidio” mission. John walks in to find Abraham Reyes (well known for consorting of women of all types) in what some would call a compromising position with a local woman on a table. This is where the problem comes in. It’s quite apparent to any mature adult that game developers could easily imply what was taking place on the table without the need for nudity or graphic sex scenes. Yet Rockstar feels we need full-on cartoon porn to get the picture.
It’s a real insult to mature gamers when developers think we need to have this type of blatant pornographic scene thrown in that has no real bearings on the mission or outcome of the game in any way. It’s an attention-seeking ploy that wouldn’t be needed if they just made great games in the first place. It’s not so much the nudity and sex itself that bothers most gamers as it is the tricky tactic that is often used to get the game in the press.
The only people interested in the potential pixilated porn would be children or other immature audiences. For the rest of us, we get what the storyline is telling us about Reyes and his ruff n’ gruff attitude and objectification of women. We understand that he relishes in his celebrity status and taking advantage of that to its fullest extent. There’s no need for the scene at all other than to draw controversial attention to a subpar game. If more time was spent improving the story line and game play, Red Dead Redemption wouldn’t need a sex scene to get people talking about it.
So what is the scene all about anyway?
The basic, clean version is that at the start of mission, John walks into a room where Reyes has a local woman on a table and is obviously having sexual intercourse with her. The woman is clothed but the clothes are pulled away to reveal the private areas. We see breasts and the sounds and animations of intercourse but we do not see male or female genitalia. The woman, startled, then jumps up from the table and begins to walk towards camera view where we get a full female frontal. Her dress is pulled away at the genitals and at the breasts.