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PROBLEM (the skinny):

Valve isn't applying their terms and conditions for developers equally, and getting more hostile (along with being extremely selective) with what games they take down from the Steam storefront.

PROBLEM (the fat):

There has been a round of attacks on visual novels on Steam for having nudity, but nothing as bad as seen with the most recent event.

https://steamcommunity.com/app/339800/discussions/0/1692669912389350696/?ctp=2 (There's no archive as the discussion page is walled with a NSFW warning, a screencap is all I can conjure up)

However, at the same time, Lupiesoft had their game "Mutiny!!" taken down from Steam, despite being tame (Even the developer claims "Mutiny!!" is tame), making me think that this is Valve just angry at the success of Japanese developers.

https://archive.fo/PjJjw

After this user, who claimed "we're not taking away your videogames" on "Huniepop"'s discussion thread after it was threatened with a takedown has been found talking with players of other games about Capitalism being bad among other things, but with these two archives, I have reason to believe that the user named "purple" is merely just a shitposter.

https://archive.fo/TdpK2

https://archive.fo/Fuzli

Even with "Purple" just being a troll, the point still stands.

With all of the reporting of visual novels with art even barely inspired by Japanese cartoonists, along with Valve's lack of action against Western visual novel games that have sex equal or even more hardcore than what's found in the visual novels that Valve's taking down from the storefront, We're left with only one course of action.

COURSES OF ACTION:

Find any game steam that were positively covered (read: shilled for) by the games journos/AAA games having explicit content and flag it for review, citing whatever offensive material the game may contain.

(an example of this would be reporting "Grand Theft Auto V" for "violence", or "Ladykiller in a Bind" for "sexual content", etc.)

If Valve is being selective with rules that are clearly laid out, then it's best to male them to apply the terms equally across Steam.

If this fails, then it's best to just abandon Steam altogether in the future.

If that doesn't work, you can try contacting Valve directly, and see if you can't get someone from there (if there is anyone working there anymore besides Gabe Newell, that is) to talk or take action.

https://www.valvesoftware.com/en/contact/

Good luck out there.

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