It was all so simple back in the day. Plumber saves princess, yellow circle eats ghosts, inexplicably blue hedgehog saves world from rotund man.
Nowadays videogames have become an established medium of storytelling, alongside movies and books, covering a whole spectrum of emotion. We get the highs of beating games and resolving story threads, as well as the lows of character death and unhappy endings. It's definitely evolved from the days of Pong, that's for sure.
And much like any other form of storytelling, we get the cringey middle ground. The awkward bits that make you feel a bit dirty for playing them.
Whether it be included sex minigames (surprisingly not about Hot Coffee), erotica under the guise of volleyball, or some good ol' castration, there are always going to be parts that make us uncomfortable in some shape or form.
Sure, you might have an ironclad constitution and can take or leave these moments, but there's no denying the level of cringe they induce. But strangely, they're never enough to stop us playing them. I don't mean games like Hatred, that try and cause strife, but games that just play on our sensibilities slightly.
So get ready to fidget in your seats, this is gonna be an icky ride.