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High-Brow Sex Site Nerve.com to Cut Back on Nudity


High-brow smut lovers who turn to Nerve.com for artistic nude photography and lascivious essays and personals will have to soon look for new sources of nubile nudes. According to Business Week, new Nerve CEO Sean Mills has decided to make the site more mainstream by moving some of the its more lewd material, including the majority of Nerve's images of naked flesh, to a new, and so far unnamed, subscription-only site.

Hoping to attract more ad revenue, Mills told Business Week that the new site will be "better for more conservative companies," adding, "You can have something that's very hot and sexy and compelling without having to show nudity." Yeah, but will the loyal followers agree? So far, comments left on Business Week's article have been highly critical of the policy change, accusing the new CEO of selling out and ruining the bohemian feel of the site.

Making Nerve's prudish turn even more surprising is the fact that Mills was previously the president of fake news outlet The Onion, known for its irreverent, satirical attacks on pop culture. We expect some companies, like MySpace for instance, to sell out for exorbitant amounts of money. But for someone with a history at The Onion to compromise a well known site's reputation for the sake of ad dollars is somewhat sickening. At least he'd left The Onion, and had left intact its motto of "America's Finest News Source," before he started listening to overtures from The Man. [From: Business Week]

Are These Games Too Sexy?

    While recent game titles have attracted media attention for nudity and sexual situations, risque role-playing games have existed since PC gaming first began. Early games, such as 'Sex Games' for the Commodore 64, demanded specific commands, such as "remove pants," and required specific sequential actions to achieve one's nefarious goals. Currently, a plethora of games with bawdy scenes have invaded, or graced, the gaming world and vary in degrees of lewdness. Here are a few significant titles with prevalent or graphic bawdiness:

    'God of War I & II:'
    Press the right buttons, and gently twirl the thumbstick, to see the climax of mini-games in both God of War I and II for PS2 and PSP

    'Grand Theft Auto III (consoles)'
    The infamous "don't come a knockin'" prostitute scenes created a stir when GTA 3 was originally released for PS2.

    'Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude; Box Office or Bust' (for consoles):
    These most recent incarnations continue to follow the exploits of love lorn Larry in versions for both PC and next gen consoles

    'Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals' (for PC)
    Released in 1989 for PCs, this third installment of the groundbreaking franchise of risque role playing preceded GTA 4 by 20 years when the title character shows the full Larry in an infamous shower scene

    'Mass Effect:'
    The backlash from FoxNews greatly exaggerated the tame innuendo and implied relations between the two sapphic lovers in Xbox's Mass Effect.

    'Playboy: The Mansion' (consoles):
    Disappointingly demure, perhaps the highlight of this sojourn to the mansion is playing photographer in this release for PC, PS2 and Xbox

    'Rapelay:'
    Amazon removed listings for this disturbing, yet readily available in Japan, DVD-ROM in which the main character stalks and, to put it mildly, torments young girls.

    'The Sims;' nude patch:
    Denisons of young gamers were disappointed when learning that unblurred nudity in this game for PCs, consoles, and handhelds required downloading a censor patch

    'Soul Calibur' (consoles):
    The character Taki from the Soul Calibur franchise continues to titillate thousands of pubescent gamers in versions for every console.

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