Whenever I tell people that I work with porn for a living (and an ero scene in and of itself is porn), they always think that it’s the coolest job ever. And to be honest, it’s pretty nice. I set my own hours, work from wherever I want, and generally speaking, it’s a lot of fun. There is, however, a dark side to it…
See, we know a lot of you guys and gals buy our games for the stories, the characters, the artwork, and so on, but we also know some of you buy them because you’re filthy perverts. And hey, that’s cool. It’s what we’re here for, and we’re happy to provide you with all kinds of wank fodder (which you will, of course, buy direct from us and not pirate), but how a player approaches a sex romp and how the staff approach a sex romp is completely different.For the player, it’s perfectly acceptable and easy to stick the game on, speed click through the story, and then get out the lotion and the tissues before hitting auto mode and enjoying the action onscreen. When it’s done, he can hit save and go do something else and visit the game again when the mood takes him. For us, however, it’s not so simple. And the truth is, nukige burnout is real.
See, we’ve talked about deadlines before on here, and from a production side, time is always a luxury. Because scripting dates, marketing plans, and so on are set ages in advance, it means that there’s a real push to get everything done on time or to make up lost time elsewhere (e.g. if a translator’s late, I need to work some long-ass days to still make my deadline). And this often means that we’re cramming a lot of sexytime into not very much real time.As an example: I’m working on a chapter of Game M today (edit: or at least I was when I first wrote this a month ago). Of the 19 scripts submitted, six are ero scenes, and each ero scene is about as long as three or four plot scenes combined (the plot scenes are admittedly quite short). While the player may get through one or two sex scenes and then come back in a few days, I’m going through these six ero scenes in the span of about four hours when today, I’m not so much in the sexytime mood. For our translators, whom I guarantee spend FAR more time on each script than I do, it’s a compounded issue, especially when some of our upcoming releases have Overdrive long sexytime (Game W is particularly guilty of this).
Thankfully, some of these scenes are pretty fun, and show the insane, over the top WTFery that made hentai famous in the 90’s, but a lot of it is straightforward vanilla wham bam thank you ma’am. And doing that in quantity? Well…it can be a bit… draining. And soul sucking. And kinda not sexy for us after a while. On the upside, not stopping to…*ahem*…enjoy the material does mean it’s that much easier to focus on getting the work done and making deadline, but it also makes what should be a lot of fun feel like a bit of a slog – especially when you’re stuck doing two (for the translators) or four (in my case) of these games in a row and the content takes a turn into territory that’s antithetical to your personal kinks and turn-ons.
On the upside, we’re all pros here and we refuse to do a second rate job on your porn. But please, spare a thought and some prostitute (or therapist) money for the men and women who must climb Mount Nukige on your behalf.