Steam Bans “Officially Linked” Decensor Patches


A post from visual novel developer Dharker Studio has revealed that Steam is now apparently barring developers from posting links to uncensored “R18” patches for their games, leaving developers and gamers alike to wonder what the real cause behind all this flip-flopping and double standards is.

The post made via the Steam forum for one of Dharker Studio’s games:


Uncensored patches are a constant hot topic since developers are forced to upload “family friendly” versions of their eroge and visual novels in order to get them onto Steam – but now Steam is disallowing developers from linking to the patches, fans will have a harder time playing the games the way they were meant to be played.

According to those looking into this event, this new “rule” apparently only applies to developers and not the users themselves, with Steam seemingly desperate to keep their platform “clean” – despite there already being numerous western games on Steam full of nudity (not to mention immensely graphic violence).

Comments online about this new “discovery”:

“Thanks Grandma Steam, for keeping all the adults safe. If only there were some kind of age gate on adult oriented games, requiring you to confirm your age before you view the page, every single time… oh wait…”

“I HIGHLY doubt steam/valve did this on their on accord. They were most likely pressured into it.”

“It’s almost like steam is a business and would like to continue to operate in other countries.”

“I feel like steam is just wanting to grow to be a global marketplace for software in general, that’s essentially what they’ve been building towards over the last few years.”

“Steam can apply their own morals to their store.”

“Seems a little rich to strap such a trite restriction on developers when Valve can’t be assed to take down developers that actively threaten steam users until they literally try to sue valve for PII on the users.”

“Why can we have gore and a Pegi 18 check, but not nudity and a Pegi 18 check? Steam should just allow everything.”

“This isn’t good news, but at least the games themselves are not being removed from the platform… yet.”

“This is such bullshit, not only is there hypocrisy in the fact that you can buy an ultra-violent game no problem, but god forbid you see a tit or include a h-scene.”

“All power to you if you want to play this kind of stuff but I don’t see how steam could just put an adult tab without then having to implement a stricter age verification system steam don’t like having to do extra work after all.”

“They’re probably just worried that they aren’t cashing in on the cost of the patches – since you have to purchase them separately.”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:35 31/10/2017 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You nubs. Steam has always had 1 of the shittiest services and customer support systems since forever. How they even got big with their junk collection? I remember people trash talking them left and right and now they are big? You kids makes me laugh. Like watching fads run by like myspace turning into facebook.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 01/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're big for a reason but obviously that went way over your head.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:25 02/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's called monopoly on certain releases and game series.
    it's not illegal and somewhat in the gaming industry it's seen on as great thing... (believe it or not...)
    last part is because of nasty fanboys that hate "their superior object of worship" releases something unique to their platform on an competing one...

    Steam had never gotten big if it had not been for CS in the start...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:52 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're fucking clueless.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:40 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    You sound like advertiser sent from Origin.
    Consider killing yourself in suicide bombing run onto Origin server.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:57 31/10/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Origin and Steam are cut from the same cloth. DRM-free or bust!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:42 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Let me introduce to you GOG.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 31/10/2017 # ! Good (+0.8)

    steam is going full cuck oy vey

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Steam has become worse over the years and their eula changes are now are like that skit in robot chicken with Vader and Lando.

    So to hell with that fat ass.

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    Comment by Kiljoy616
    03:29 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    His only goal is to make more and more money. Not hard to figure him out.

    Comment by Anonymous

    The fuck does that have to do with anything here..? Is any person doing questionable things of any kind a "jew cuck" on this site..? And then you have the nerve of criticising SanCom's article integrity when the readers are no better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:05 31/10/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Just another reason why I don't use Steam.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Why would you even want to go to Steam for hentai anyway?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:27 03/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    How else can you inform everyone on your friends list of what you're playing and which achievements you get?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:14 06/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)



    Comment by Anonymous

    pretty sure the real reason is because youre a poorfag that doesnt buy his shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:39 31/10/2017 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    that's stupid. if you want the patch you can still download it.
    steam still is the best place to buy games even if you don't like it or not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:10 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    best place to buy discounted shitty games? yes.

    Comment by Anonymous

    ex dee

    Comment by Anonymous

    Look at those beta cuck hypsters that will jump the train to hate even more on a platform that they do not use anyway.

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    Comment by Justin iZ Here
    03:28 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    from what I can tell it only prohibits the publisher themselves from linking it, users can still post it at their own free will and probably will, it just can't be pinned.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:42 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about users put it in the guide?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:26 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    First, Patraeon now Steam?

    I'm starting to suspect something else is going on behind the scenes... perhaps the big credit card companies are putting the screws on them, since it's known they have a anti-pornography policy and refuse to do any business with public services such as Steam that have porn or links that lead to porn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:16 04/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    First time hearing this. What the heck is that kind of ridiculous ruling? Doesn't it cut profit?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:27 06/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's what I want to know. Why only now are advertisers and content creators suddenly afraid to make money? We either buy or we don't. The people who hate adult content don't make any purchases to begin with, so why would anyone listen to them?

    When did business become about pleasing whiners instead of "I'll sell you anything you want." Porn is the thing people want MOST, as Google has proven.

    "I want this, will you sell it to me?"

    "I don't know, someone asked me not to take your money."

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:02 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    gabe is a big fat jew cuck
    the end

    Comment by Anonymous

    Gabe is so fat, food orbits him. He's so fat, he's collapsed into himself to form a small moon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:13 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's no moon...that's Gabe Newell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:58 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    The moon missions in Destiny are actually on Gabe Newell. He just has a bit of space dust/rocks attached to him after being in Space for so long.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:44 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's so fat he is his own Steam Library.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:40 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gabe can't count to 3.

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    Comment by Manuel
    01:22 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well as long as people are informed there's a better version that includes hentai content.

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    Comment by Arpaschad
    18:45 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    called it...

    the SJWLGBTXYZ suits finally saw this and have done "Something" about it...

    now eroge companies posting their games on Steam will have to do one of two things:

    1. Undertake in some marketing and advertising gymnastics and adapt so those uncensor patches would be readily available...

    2. Or find another platform to sell their "games"...

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    01:32 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    no steam ! no ...i love this novel but now i'm addicted of doki doki literature club ><

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:49 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Me too! ...this is good addiction

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:48 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    if only we could have an adult platform for gaming

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:13 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Piracy is always the answer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:17 04/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    But then they're easy to close down so updating the list is work in and of itself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:00 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    whatever happen to kimochi?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:58 04/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yet it allows all the disgusting violent games, double standards,

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    Comment by
    02:29 02/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Steam are big and commercially successful. But they're trading on their old reputation and momentum from their earlier success.

    Anyone new to the platform will find the layout somewhere between 'unintuitive' and 'clusterfucked'.

    Functionality appears without warning or community input (eg paid mods, Steam music player). And then it can be either withdrawn completely or left up and in a barebones and poorly implemented state.

    So, I'm not surprised the communication is so unsatisfactory and the decision-making so indecisive. They're always poor at this, and if ever Origin or GoG get to a market share tipping point they'll lose the #1 spot and never get it back.

    I don't wish Valve ill, but their inattention to detail and consistently subpar communication mean I increasingly see if there's a way to buy any new titles on any service other than Steam. And not all too long ago I could never imagine myself doing so.

    I don't like pouring more money into an account that only continues to hold my games as long as the world acts like Valve are 'too big to fail'.

    Get your house in order Mr. Newell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:38 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    No idea why they even allowed h games on Steam...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:39 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    family friendly version is not H game

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:00 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    censoring content is retarded though. why even put it in a store if you force the developers to change it first?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:58 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with you anon @08:00

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:28 04/11/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Games are like porn and art: THEY CATER TO EVERYONE.

    They aren't forced upon you, they are a choice. Get the fuck off of your high chair because steam still has shit games that abuse its system to earn cash. This problem isn't even a god damn threat to steam's credibility. It's a game store, it has games for EVERYBODY including those who have their kinks unsatisfied.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Keep Steam a place for famers? Sure kiddo, those anime series and indie movies prove your point just fine...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:06 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you are removing that, you should also remove all the other R18 content, gore comes to mind.

    Else your comment is just a load of shit.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Gabe tries to maintain steam as place for gamers.
    It's not his fault that for some, that idea includes digital porn store.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:52 31/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    They don't, But they just cut anything out any H scene and release a restoration patch for it outside of steam.

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