Again: Psycho vs Saw.
Originally Posted by DrMorganes
I think this is a great way of summing it up.
I have never felt that any game I've ever run or been a part of was ever too heavily censored for me to get the point across. You can write about anything you want, and YES, that includes sex and violence, but you just can't be explicit. Some people take this to mean 'I can't do anything' and 'wah' but I've come to realize in time that if left unchecked, some of these sort of issues really CAN become bizarre and offensive experiences.
For what it's worth, someone will eventually be made uncomfortable at some point, and to be honest, I can respect that. I've seen examples of games that go WAY too far in one direction and...it actually gets pathetic, not realistic. If I had my own site, I'd probably also enforce something similar.
Again...this doesn't mean you CAN'T do what you want, and it doesn't mean you have to 'limit' your creativity. Just don't cover every single nitty gritty item and you'll be fine. I've seen writers here cover very dark issues, such as child abuse, and do so in a sad but respectful way to the parties involved. Characters were real and well rounded, dark areas were addressed, but at the same time, it kept a respectful, mature tone. Give your players only what they need to know; they can figure out the rest.
Gently implying something, as Psycho does, can actually be a more powerful device anyway. There's a reason it's a classic film.