Searches for Rockstar’s latest Western-themed masterpiece Red Dead Redemption 2 have skyrocketed on adult website YouPorn. Searches increased a blistering 857% on launch day, and continued at a steady pace throughout the past weekend.
Red Dead Redemption 2’s unstoppable foray into all corners of popular culture has reached phenomenon level heights, and there’s no better marker of this than the internet taking a lurid interest in the game.
Last month, a surge in Bowsette – a amalgamation of Super Mario characters Bowser and Peach – searches was recorded though that phenomenon is a little more understandable given the source material emanated from a community notoriously infatuated with manga-inspired renditions of the female form.
Don’t get me wrong, Red Dead Redemption 2 is sexy and cool, in the sense that the world is an immeasurably well constructed tour de force and all these elements, characters, and animations interact in novel and unique ways. Yet, picking out the arousing aspects of a game about the nitty-gritty antics of an unwashed band of cowboys is a far harder task.
Players spend their days skinning rabbits, polishing rifles, antagonizing the populace, and losing teeth in fisticuffs, not gallivanting about provocatively bedding trollops. There’s no romancing conquests like in The Witcher 3 and the only remotely eyebrow raising moment is Arthur spending 50 cents on a deluxe bath, which is essentially someone scrubbing the grime and muck off his body alongside a little small talk. A lazy man’s bath.
If this isn’t the most indisputable indictment of how impressionable the human libido is then pigs can definitely fly.