“2088 year. As it turned out, the future is not that bright. Nazi Muslims came to power. In the world, everything was banned: LGBT community, miniskirts, free parking, and most importantly banned ANIME.”
So reads the intro to one of the newest computer games available on the digital marketplace, Steam, operated by Valve.
The game itself is titled “Last Anime boy: Saving loli”, featuring a plot revolving around a protagonist, the last surviving Anime boy, who most save “loli porn” (pornography depicting sexualised minors) from Nazi Muslims in the future.
“Last Anime boy” is published by W.T.B., who have also published such games as PooSky and Grand Pskov Story, a game featuring sexual content, according to Steam, set in the “Russian outback”. W.T.B. is one of many homegrown Russian game studios selling cheap games online, with this game selling for USD$0.99.
As to why such a game, which encourages players to “Kill All Muslim Nazis To The Last!”, would be marketed by Valve on their platform, this is on the back of an upsurge in games sold cheaply on Steam, a trend explained by Valve implementing its new Steam Direct policy. Under Direct, publishers and game-makers can upload any game for sale onto Steam, without any verification for copyright breach or offensive content, once they pay a one-time USD$100 fee.
As of November this year, more than 6000 games have been released for sale on Steam in 2017 alone, which almost more than have been published on the application in 10 years. This is up from over 4000 games sold in 2016, and principally due to Valve taking a hands-off approach to who can sell on their market.
While some independent game studios have used this to their advantage, the vast majority of these games are “asset flips”, games hastily crafted from pre-made software assets created and sold by third-parties. Most of these games imitate a particular game variant, and “Last Anime boy” is one of many copying the format and script of the Doom game franchise. The only difference is uploading enemy sprites depicting “Nazi Muslims”, using a Takbir soundbite from YouTube.
The game was recently mentioned by game critic and YouTuber Jim Sterling, who explains at length Valve’s lack of scrutiny and quality control of their product range, on his critical series, The Jimquisition:
“It’s the kind of game that, released anywhere else, would be a PR disaster and a nightmare for the platform-holder selling and, thus, tacitly endorsing it,” Sterling remarked about Steam selling the game.
“However, thanks to Steam Direct, Valve only goes in to fix the problem, after the fact. I would actually be surprised if Valve knew about these games, before they went up.”
Editor’s note: A direct link to the game’s website has not been included to both minimise traffic, and in case Valve removes the game and link after due scrutiny. If you wish to find the game and report, enough details are provided as is.
Post Direct, Steam Is Shittier Than Ever : The Jimquisition (severe coarse language warning).