Get out there and have sex… in a game, harmless, fun and funny as hell.
A bit more about the game:
Ute’s a woman whose grandmother sends her on a mission: to fuck as many men as she can before she gets married. Ute can grab a guy (spacebar to seduce), take him to an out-of-the-way corner, and then have outrageous sex with him (more points are awarded if you press the arrow keys in a designated rhythm). But Ute has to climax before another man walks by: if he catches some driveby dogging, his heart and the heart of the man you are sleeping with will be broken, and you will never get to sleep with either again, or more importantly, Ute will never get to marry them. The idea is to rack up as many points by sleeping with as many of the eleven men as you can. It’s actually kind of difficult to do this as there’s no damn privacy, and men keep walking in on me before I’ve even screamed my victory (and in the game). Incidentally, Ute’s orgasm noise is the cutest thing I’ve ever heard.
There’s a huge variety of men out there (in the game): there’s the mysterious detective man whose sexual style is to windmill his junk around in the dark, Che Guevara whose sexual proclivities extend to some sort of cigarplay, and Martin Lebowski, President of the Employers’ Association. (I seem to recall he likes being whipped.) The yoga man has some extraordinary poses and for all intents and purposes is scarily bendy. There is also a small boy of 14 amongst the selection of men. But one of the problems this game posits is that once you press spacebar you only then see who it is you have committed to sleeping with. Ute has no idea, for example, that this person is a 14 year old boy until she’s already said she’d get on top of him and throw a bucket of water on him after each thrust. It’s initially shocking but it gets the point across (pun unintended). The more I think about this game, the more layers I think it has.
All of the sex animations are enjoyably outlandish, an obvious ‘collection’ reward for scoring each man. It’s completely great that Ute visibly seems to enjoy all the sex acts – something big budget games are particularly guilty of portraying is that women are somewhat dead-eyed wet fish in bed, beings who merely moan slightly at the delivery of dudeflesh in the manner of Shirley Manson getting the wrong latte. In this game, there’s quite an equal amount of nakedness on both male and female characters, and they’re both usually having a flipping riotous time. This is refreshing considering we usually only get a Geralt-eye-view of women, depriving penis lovers of any joy – and shame on the callous games industry I say.
When you’ve broken all the men’s hearts but one, you are left to marry that last man, which ends the game. Your grandmother congratulates you on however many men you managed to sleep with before you were swiped off the market. And you get a nice little snap of Ute with her new husband, although she usually looks more pissed off than happy about the ceremony. The Drug Dealer guy is always wolf whistling at some other woman in the wedding photo. But I did make her happy by marrying the pizza guy once.
The structure of the game has a lot to say about the sexual constraints heterosexual women find themselves in. Society’s attitudes towards sex and monogamy creates a currency of us; the marriage market for men and women that Jane Austen described still seems pertinent in that light. Women might feel as if they’re ‘spoiled’ if they admit to a prospective love interest that they have been with other men, just as Ute breaks two men’s hearts every time she is discovered indulging her desires. And they do fulfil her desires: the game’s win state is when Ute climaxes, not when the man does so. Ute chooses whomever she’d like to sleep with, but ultimately, her life is still a market in which men seem to regard her sexual choices as so disgusting or distasteful as to avoid her for the rest of the game. Unless it really is that they are all in love with her and become broken hearted (which, though she is lovely, I wonder if it’s more of a comment on possessiveness than much else). Ignorance of Ute’s true self is the only state in which men seem to want to be in a long term relationship with her. And that relationship is often not even her choice; it’s just the last man… standing.
Ute’s a charming main character wearing dainty heels, her strolls accompanied by calming lounge music, and I often feel as if men disturbing her sexytimes really is an invasion of privacy and space. The jarring noise of your discovery by another man is frustrating, there is a real twinge in the feeling of being judged. But for the men too, there is cutting social commentary: they are judged solely on their profession. Their job title appears as soon as you elect to sleep with them, and even their sexual mores are connected to what it is that they do. It’s interesting to see the inversion of what usually happens in games: in this, men have no sexual agency. They are collectibles. Ute uses what seems like their inability to say no or their taking whatever they can get for her own gratification, even though she too is eventually being punished for it.
It’s rewardingly complex as a narrative told through mechanics. There is no dialogue apart from the small intro and outro with the grandmother. Games that have something to say, not only thematically, but throughout the actual structure of how it works can effectively critique a social system. This game conveys Ute’s agency and desire for fun whilst also indicating there are still constraints on her ‘freedoms’ or sexual liberation. It takes a game system we so often see without consequences – say, again, The Witcher and his prostitutes – and makes it far more interesting by imposing limits and outcomes on the play. It’s also more interesting to play than just paying a busty 3D lady to trigger a cutscene in which she dramatically and floridly drapes herself on Geralt’s cock. This isn’t to say I wouldn’t too, but I’d be a little more enthusiastic about it, and I’d probably assault the cameraman and forcibly point the camera at Geralt instead.
It’s possible to game the system, and marry the librarian like I always wanted, but it takes practice, a somewhat ruthless heartbreaking attitude, and the ability to be able to ignore the only person in the room you’re attracted to.