This episode of the podcast is NSFW
This weekend Berlin celebrates the 40th Christopher Street Day, thus the StoryFusion podcast tackles the subject of queer, kinky sex in Christina Love’s video game “Ladykiller in a bind”.
Stemming from the tradition of the visual novel genre, “Ladykiller” is a video game about a young woman who takes the role of her twin brother on a cruise. Beset by love interests, unreliable friends and alleged foes, she has to navigate a perverse game which is set up by an unknown entity and which promises riches to whoever is best at navigating this treacherous journey.
Apart from the sometimes erotic, sometimes pornographic content, the games sets up a very complicated network of characters, each of them more manipulative and deceptive than the other.
We ask about the deeper meaning of the power mechanics on display, their theoretical roots, as well as their political implications and why we took such different paths while playing this game.
CW: Discussions of sex, pornography, BDSM, kink and queerness
Everything is put through this filter of manipulation and deception. You are not who you pretend you are and everything is ultimately about an exchange of something that you want.
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Genre and story of the game
2:15 About visual novels
4:45 Summary of the story
7:40 The characters
Within the mechanics
10:40 The game within the game
15:00 The endings
20:40 Choices and mechanics
The politics of sex
23:00 Capitalism and sexual economics
25:20 Libertarianism, emotions and the morals of the game
29:45 Everyone is playing games
34:10 Against heteronormativity
39:00 Michel Foucault and other French people
Exciting last words
41:30 Is it romance?
43:30 Is it pornography?
44:50 In search of an editor
48:50 Can a game like this go mainstream?
“Analogue – A hate story” and “Hate Plus”, the expanded version of the former, are two other games by creator Christina Love
“Smut Peddler” is a comic book anthology published by Iron Circus, featuring lots of sex-positive, queer and kinky pornographic stories
- On Gamasutra, Katherine Cross explores the use of sex as a storytelling tool in “Ladykiller”
- While Jess Joho on Killscreen shows how the game exposes the users’ personal sexual preferences
All screenshots are copyright of Love Conquers all Games
Our title song is “Witchcraft” from “Go fly a kite” (General Electric)