Rated NA 98: Foreplay – Romance in Games


On this special edition podcast we present the audio from the PAX East Panel: Foreplay, Romance in Games with our very own, Hilary. This awesome panel was moderated by Sean Baptiste from Fire Hose Games, featuring Aenne and Melissa from Reset Transmission and our pals, Miellyn and Lacy Wilson from Tin Man Games. Oh, and Raphael Sbarge was kind enough to make a surprise appearance on the panel, enjoy!

Whatever happened to foreplay? People tend to talk (and program) a lot about sex in games and forget all about the delicious build up. But with growing female and non-traditional male consumer bases, game developers are starting to reach beyond the adolescent male fantasy. You can get hitched in Skyrim, have a steamy bath with your lady in Witcher 2, and woo a whole lot of different people in Mass Effect… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Rated NA 98



Hi, I’m one of the founders of Nerd Appropriate and the Rated NA podcast. I like good and bad sci-fi films/tv, synthesizers, and the retrofuture. I am primarily an Xbox gamer, but also do some PC and Switch gaming as well. By day, I am a research scientist, mostly in topics related to human-computer interaction and user experience. Before all of this, fellow NA co-founder Matt and I played music together in various bands. I also used to make "comedy" videos for my high school morning news program before there was a place to post them online. Favorite Star Wars character? Admiral Ackbar. Best Bond era? Timothy Dalton (Craig a close second). Top 3 games? Let's go with System Shock 2, A Link to the Past, and Super Castlevania IV. Thanks for being a part of this labor of nerdy love with us.

This Post Has 44 Comments

  1. Aenne Schumann

    Look at how epic we look in that picture! I LOVE IT!

    1. Scott

      Yeah, and apparently Mel’s heart is radiating beams of feels all over the place.

      1. Melissa K.

        Like a care bear

        1. Aenne Schumann

          CARE BEAR STARE!

  2. Fluidfyre

    What an amazing panel!! Thank you so much for recording this to share!

    1. Ash

      Thanks Amanda!

  3. Lacy Wilson

    Yay! Thanks for posting this, guys!

    1. Ash

      Very welcome Lacy! Great meeting you.

Comments are closed.