Howdy folks! Small heads up, this is an mature conversation as it discusses mature themes. So do respect the comments made here Me and my hobbyist dev team are finishing up an RPG and starting another for Android. And one of the things we're striving to do in the RPGs we develop is make them real. I don't mean in the sense of gorey bloody graphics. I mean in the sense of the issues the characters face. First up, any of you Tomb Raider (2013) fans should know about this. Whilst it was controversial, I felt it was a shame that the island attacker wasn't trying to rape her. Why? Because it's realistic. Surely if an attacker was going to kill Lara, what's to stop him trying to rape her? Answer. The media. Playing it too safe. If you look at all the following, you rarely see it that much in comparison to over things LGBT characters Sexual Nature Abortion Slavery You see my point. Whilst we know these issues (or in the 1st example, characters) exist. But why don't they? Simple, because the media likes to play safe. Look at Nintendo for example. It's recently been made apparent that one of their games had a bug which provided same-sex marriage. Great news right! Right? Wrong... Rumor: Nintendo Ending Gay Marriage Bug in Popular Game Even when the media looks bright on such things, the developers play it safe. And in turn end up scorching people. In this case, gay gamers. (Though I don't know how this example is going to end as it's recent news) Where's the risk that influenced great games? Psycho Mantis from Metal Gear Giygas from Earthbound Flea from Chrono Trigger These are 3 perfect examples where the developers went beyond the safe zone and produced fantastic characters. Well done to them! Heck me and my team are going ballsy with risk. Do you know that the only thing that I've seen in a decade get risky was the Weeping Angels from Doctor Who? And that's not even a game! So what do you think? Does the gaming industry play it too safe these days regarding controversy? Are there any boundries where crossing them is too far? (like the Tomb Raider "rape") What would you want to see finally get covered? And finally, would you like to see games that risked controversy to produce a story? Let's hear your thoughts!