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Shower sim Rinse & Repeat banned on Twitch


Last week I wrote about Rinse & Repeat, a funny, yet poignant shower sim about various aspects of gay culture and man’s relationship to video games. Now, that game has been banned from Twitch.

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Yang’s previous game, Cobra Club, a game about dick pics, was similarly banned from Twitch.

Rinse & Repeat developer Robert Yang found this turn of events mildly flattering, but ultimately damaging.

“On one hand, it is extremely validating as an artist to be acknowledged as ‘dangerous’ — thanks, Twitch,” Yang said on his blog. “On the other hand, the Twitch policy about sex and nudity is s***ty and I’m going to complain about why I hate it and feel it’s unfair, and also really unhealthy for video games as an artform.”

First off, Yang cited Twitch’s own rules of conduct regarding nudity in games:

“Sexually explicit acts or content: Nudity can’t be a core focus or feature of the game in question and modded nudity is disallowed in its entirety. Occurrences in game are okay, so long as you do not make them a primary focus of your stream and only spend as much time as needed in the area to progress the game’s story.”

“This is a blanket ban on any game that is popular enough to get Twitch management’s attention, and heavily features nudity,” Yang said. “It erases the context of the work and ignores how the nudity is presented, instead focusing on a nonsensical formal distinction where ‘nudity is okay if it’s only a fraction of the game.'”

As such, Yang found it insulting that Twitch would provide the same parameters to all games regardless of context. “This equivocation is offensive to me, when I focus heavily on ideas of consent, boundaries, bodies, and respect in my games.”