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I wonder, is their sex a reward because they are , and therefore their sex is seen to be "worth" something, because it is seen to have a dollar value?
Or is it just that women become sexually available to men with good behavior?
Or that sex is the most important reward a woman can give? In fact, gamers refer to this part of the game as a mini-game; collecting the sex cards is a game within the game.
In browsing around the internets and reading people’s discussions around gender and sexuality in the game, I very often read these reasons for why the game isn’t "that bad" vis-a-vis women and (women’s) sexuality: the sex scenes are well done (they are in fact pretty tasteful) and the women aren’t represented as all dumb bimbos (as if commodifying women’s sexuality is only sexist if the women are represented as idiots.) In fact, those were the same reasons given to me by my friend.
He also mentioned that in reading reviews, many women said the sex in the game wasn’t "that bad." But in this game, it’s not really the sex that’s the problem.
At first, I thought that gender and sexuality in the game wasn’t so bad, but the more I was told the more troubled I became. You do get something for your various sexual encounters: sex trading cards.Originally, I thought the sex in the game was just optional, with no reward attached, and the sex scenes aren’t gratuitous or very objectifying. After a sexual encounter, you obtain pin-up trading cards to represent that sexual conquest–players, collect them all!(mass-printed cards, authentically medieval, right? ) The idea of "collecting" women you have sex with (proof of your masculinity? And by having sex with all the women available, you have a complete collection of woman-objects.Having sex with all the women you are able to, thus, becomes a goal for the character, even if the "reward" for doing so is negligible (bragging rights? As one gamer suggested , "Women are COLLECTIBLE." Commodification at its finest.Not only do you acquire cards representing each woman you bed in the game, but the sex is at times a reward for your in-game accomplishments.One example I was given is that in a quest to save several prostitutes, after you have rescued them sex is your "reward" from them.