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A beginner's guide to the best porn games: What to play and what you should know


August 8 is International Female Orgasm Day, and we're celebrating with an entire week dedicated to exploring the business and pleasure of porn. Porn video games come with a lot of stigma, and understandably so. But if you push through all that, you'll find there actually are some really good, very NSFW adult games out there. It won't surprise you that many of the most popular adult games share similar issues to regular mainstream Tube porn - aggressive heternormativity and a near-exclusive catering to a cis, male gaze. Still, the world of adult sex games is far more expansive, diverse, and varied than people think. And, finding the right erotic game for you can help open you up to new aspects of your sexuality you'd never thought about before.

The often gross and rarely steamy history of video game sex scenes


It's Summer Lovin' Week here at Mashable, which means things are getting steamy. In honor of the release of Crazy Rich Asians, we're celebrating onscreen love and romance, looking at everything from our favorite fictional couples to how Hollywood's love stories are evolving. Think of it as our love letter to, well, love. In the earliest, most technologically limited days of video games, developers concocted the simplest of designs, leading to some extremely efficient, iconic creations. There were the balls and paddles of Pong, the spaceships of Space Invaders, the asteroids of Asteroids, all of which conveyed so much with so little.

How erotic fanfiction lets women explore their sexuality without shame


Welcome to No Shame November! This week we're diving into the pop culture we love that society tells us we shouldn't. Masturbating to horny fanfiction makes the world a better place. Now, before your eyebrows fly right off your face (looking at you, literary snobs), hear me out. "Smutty" or erotic fanfiction is almost always talked about in tones of either horror or mockery.

'GTA V' brings transphobia to the next console generation


Imagine there's a marquee game coming out next year from one of the coolest AAA video game studios in the world, and its first round of marketing has just gone live. It's nighttime in the game and the streamer, playing as a middle-aged man, approaches a group of people standing outside of a club. They're all broad-shouldered with cut biceps, and they're wearing an assortment of wigs, crop tops, mini skirts, lace stockings and bikini bottoms. Chest hair pokes out from some of their shirts, and under layers of dramatic makeup, a few jawlines are dusted with stubble. The tight clothing highlights obvious crotch-level bulges.

The cyberpunk revolution begins with video games


Hey, game developers: William Gibson called. He wants his dystopian sci-fi future back. Walking among the flashy, flickering and noisy booths of the GDC show floor and its surrounding events, the pattern becomes clear -- a significant portion of these games have a strong sci-fi vibe, many of them dealing with the idea of futuristic corporate overreach and gritty technological espionage. Take the ID@Xbox showcase for example. Of the 20 games on display, at least half are set in sci-fi worlds or feature dystopian themes (or both), including Tacoma, Tokyo 42, Tower 57, Songbringer and Aven Colony.