The year is 2077. The company manages everything. And dildos are everywhere.
You might expect a dildo to be found in the bathroom of the apartment. On the edge of the bathtub itself, perhaps – ready to serve as part of a relaxing bath. Also for the night stand in the bedroom. That makes sense. But what about the water in the front yard of a flooded gas station? In the middle of the bar? Would you like to place it in front of and in the center of your corporate high flyer desk in case the meeting gets boring?
To Cyberpunk 2077, Dildos are everywhere. In a sense, it’s one of the consequences of a tough development grind in open world games. The other tells us something interesting about how developer CD Projekt RED chose to build future dystopia.
Imagine a scene. You are building an open world game and have only the resources to create a finite number of interactive props for buildings and streets. These are the props that players are always looking for. Picking them up will add them to your inventory, where you can disassemble them to get the components of the game’s crafting system.
These items are important. But they are also commonplace. Other props include playing card decks, ashtrays, and scissors. Insufficient resources. Items created by artists should be carefully considered.
So obviously you will create multiple dildos. Not just one or two variations! No. Make a lot of dildos.
Due to the limited number of these props available in Cyberpunk 2077, level designers remain free to use these props. What is the final result? Now, in cyberpunk, there are dildos for each season. All house dildos. They are everywhere.
There were cheese rings everywhere in Skyrim. NPCs stockpile hundreds of them. In Night City, these open world NPCs aren’t very interested in cheese. But a dildo? Yeah.
Sometimes they are in a meaningful place. Once you step into the sex shop, you’ll find those walls alongside other similar products. But there are also many places where they don’t make sense in the strict sense of the word.
I was fascinated by these props. Cyberpunk 2077 has a much stronger presence than Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Silver Hand.
When I went scuba diving with one of the protagonist V’s companions and discovered the flooded town, I reached the pinnacle of my incredible glory for their appearance. I swam into the underwater ruins of a gas station, but what was waiting in the front yard …? Of course, Pyromancer 3000. It’s a big one. I pick it up and recycle it into parts to make a new gun.
Oh, and there’s a dildo sword. Say hello to Sir John Falstiff, the iconic non-lethal (dull, right) melee weapon. why not?
This is interesting. It’s a great photo mode bait. But it’s also curious: it tells a bit of a story about Knight City’s decadent CD Projekt vision. The number of per capita sex shops in Knight City is enormous. They are in every corner. Perhaps there are more sex shops than food shops.
This is in line with many other things we’ve seen about Cyberpunk 2077. For example, billboards or advertisements with sexual images. In Cyberpunk 2077, sex is used as an abbreviation for a world that has gone out of control. There is no humility. The sign depicts a man eating his ass and a snake crawling on a naked woman’s leg. The slogan is deliberately unfriendly.
Some of these signs featuring transgender characters have received a lot of criticism before the game started. They are generally boring, but they are also part of the overall trend. Some of the shortcuts that CD Projekt takes to sell Night City in a decadent way seem to be running pretty carelessly. So some people come across it as a bit moody, like the booming dildo market. Others are at risk of committing a crime.
Don’t get me wrong. I laughed from some arrangement of these props. The dildo hidden under the car jacked up at the workshop feels like a little environmental storytelling. Who put it there? But it also points to one of the weak story points of the game. Night City is beautiful, surprisingly large and incredibly well designed.
We look forward to hearing on December 10th where you will find dildos in the wild. It also does not mention butt plugs or anal beads. This is also a looting junk. joy!