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The Controversial Charm of ‘Cult of the Lamb: Sins of the Flesh’

The Controversial Charm of ‘Cult of the Lamb: Sins of the Flesh’

A Game That Celebrates Sex Instead of Hinting at It

Fan demand created a monster — a very lascivious virtual reality monster. From featuring heaps of shiny poop to explicit sexual themes, there’s a ton to unpack in the update of Cult of the Lamb: Sins of the Flesh. Sure, it may have premiered only on January 16th, but it’s already mired in controversy.

For those who aren’t usually into role-playing video games, the sex has lured first-time gamers into Devolver Digital and developer Massive Monster’s series. The game celebrates sex instead of hinting at it — like the strongly insinuated kind in The Sims that scarred kids of the ‘90s and early 2000s. 

Sins of the Flesh’s overt sexual content — with its mating tent and using “Sin” as currency for follower experiences — is making parents’ jaws drop. However, the game was not created for wee children; it was designed for their twisted guardians. Plus, being bold equals a lot of gold, and according to VG Chartz, the original Cult of the Lamb sold a staggering 3.5 million units globally, as of early January. 

The Fine Line Between Quirky and Puerile

Besides the sex that sells, other controversies revolve around the inclusion of shiny fecal matter, which has led to discussions within the gaming community about the game’s fine line between quirky and downright puerile.

With the prevalence of poop emojis showing up in one’s text messages, as well as influencers selling anti-bloating teas that are really disguised laxatives, poop shows no signs of being flushed away from society, and Sins of the Flesh has clearly capitalized on the excretory waste’s popularity.

Although the lustrous poop isn’t just there for show, as it has the capability to add power to followers’ brooms to finish tasks. In addition, it is used to help grow crops in one’s community. Out of all the applications for poop, at least this is a good one, since composting aids the environment.

The Controversial Charm of ‘Cult of the Lamb: Sins of the Flesh’
‘Cult of the Lamb: Sins of the Flesh’ | Image Credit: Yahoo News

Virtual Turf Violations

However, some gamers are complaining that the excretion isn’t being used solely for farming purposes. Followers, including babies, are defecating all over the virtual turf. Moreover, there’s a reason why 19th-century laws were enacted to prevent people from dumping their fecal matter into city streets. Therefore, Sins of the Flesh might need to mimic reality by enforcing stricter laws outlawing this practice of leaving behind unnecessary waste in order to appease more traditional gamers. 

Besides potential biohazard concerns, gamers are divided about some of the moral choices they face each time they log into this hedonistic empire. Whether their followers are choosing to engage in cult dynamics or start a family, the implementation proves unsettling to some critics.

For those players concerned about the environmental impact of rearing a child, they can simply hatch a child in the game and indoctrinate them into their cult. However, grooming children into cults is frowned upon in real life, even though it’s perfectly acceptable in this voyeuristic playground. 

Moreover, followers can engage in actions without direct player input, which is also considered controversial. In addition, bugs and technical issues and the impact of the update on the overall enjoyment of the game have been called into question. 

A Little Retail Therapy

What’s not disturbing or controversial, though, is buying outfits. In the updated version of Cult of the Lamb: Sins of the Flesh, one can shop to their heart’s content and buy a bunch of different outfits, which is a nice distraction from all the cult dynamics and excrement. Each “Disciple” can unleash their fashion alter-ego by going down to the new “Tailor Building,” where they have the choice of more than 23 different clothing styles.

Another wholesome element of the game one can glom onto is the option for indulging in self-care. Now, the Janitor Station and Storage Structures have built-in self-care levels, designed for followers to take part in this new-age ritual. Moreover, there’s nothing controversial about a little self-care (unless of course, it’s the aforementioned abuse of influencer-peddled laxatives.) 

Merely Child’s Play?

Cult of the Lamb: Sins of the Flesh introduces a refreshing and nuanced dimension to the gaming experience. And as pop culture is ever-evolving, what might be considered tasteless today could be seen as ahead of its time in merely a few years. Furthermore, video games can appear really controversial, and then years later are reflected upon as merely child’s play. Remember when The Sims was polarizing for featuring characters that could opt to fornicate in the bushes? Now, that would be considered tame. 

So, one has to admit that for all of Sins of the Flesh’s flaws, the game is a one-of-a-kind experience. Plus, sometimes one wants to live out their most destructive fantasies, and that’s best executed in a safeguarded, virtual world.

The Controversial Charm of ‘Cult of the Lamb: Sins of the Flesh’
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