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Apr 15, 2019 8:02 PM 6+ day ago

Chilly reception for marijuana tycoon game shows games industrys backwards stance on drugs

Intense and graphic violence is something we've come to simply expect from games, but sexual and other adult themes are still largely taboo -- including, as publisher Devolver Digital is learning, drugs. Even if the game in question is a relatively serious tycoon-type look at the current (and legal!) business of selling weed.

Devolver is no stranger to controversy; it has published and helped develop dozens of games and many of them have featured the kind of graphic violence that sets off those who still see the medium as a corruptive, fundamentally debased one. And to be fair, the likes of Hotline Miami aren't going to change any minds.

But for the company's first original commissioned IP, it had the idea of assembling a game in the popular "tycoon" genre, but focused on the emerging and popular sector of growing ...

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