Ahead of The Witcher 2's Xbox 360 debut and the release of an enhanced PC edition next month, Polish developer CD Projekt has told CVG that the inclusion of adult material in the game isn't gratuitous but actually a sign that games are maturing.
Lead level artist Marek Ziemak said: "I think games are evolving. At the beginning the audience was a bit different and some people still think games are for children. We believe that's not true.
"Our opinion is that they're like interactive movies. You can compare it to reading a book or watching a good series on TV because there's a deep storyline and our target definitely is a mature audience."
On the inclusion of some of the sex scenes and mature content which mirror the events and locations in Andrzej Sapkowski's original best-selling Witcher novels, Ziemak compared their use to the tools deployed by other media.
"We're using all the stuff that's being used by other authors and creators like writers or movie directors. It's not about delivering sex just to have sex in your game, it's about creative freedom and having the same opportunities and using the same weapons as all the other creative people."
Too right, we say. Why shouldn't game makers use all the narrative tricks, techniques and devices that Game of Thrones or The Sopranos regularly rely on? It's not that we object to a bit of skin either, but it has to be said that in the past games have been particularly poor and even cringeworthy when depicting the more intimate aspects of human relationships.
Yet perhaps with CD Projeckt's approach to the Witcher 2, we're finally turning a corner? Let us know what you think in the comments below, and if you haven't already, be sure to check out our recent Witcher 2 preview to see what's in store in the new enhanced version of the game.