Jordan Erica Webber

The rules of romance

Many video games present romantic relationships via the “kindness coins” approach, in which players are encouraged to perform kind acts to earn a short sex scene. This talk explores those games that have gone further by attempting to simulate romantic relationships via more complex simulations, from how The Sims 4 represents the risk of sex with a new partner to the potential consequences of dishonesty in Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker. How do these rules of romance reflect reality?


Jordan writes about video games for the Guardian and talks about them to anyone who’ll listen (universities, museums, festivals, conferences, BBC, BAFTA, and  The Gadget Show on Channel 5).