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The Steam gaming platform will allow video games containing virtual reality porn and other controversial content, in an abrupt reversal of policy.

Valve, which owns the popular online video game store, came under fire recently after a video game billed as a "school shooting simulation" appeared on the platform.

Parents of school shooting victims objected to the Active Shooter game and an online petition received more than 200,000 signatures to have it removed.

Valve eventually pulled the game but says it now wants to avoid engaging in debates of how it should police its platform.

"The harsh reality of this space, that lies at the root of our dilemma, is that there is absolutely no way we can navigate it without making some of our players really mad," Valve's Erik Johnson said in a post to the Steam Store .

"Valve shouldn't be the ones deciding this. If you're a player, we shouldn't be choosing for you what content you can or can't buy."

The Steam Store will instead only ban content that is illegal or "straight up trolling" in the hope that this approach will allow it to focus more on building tools for Steam that will allow its users to control the content they see.

Its not just about the fun and games. Other than providing action-packed, fun-filled entertainment for the entire family, VR plays a big role to help humanity as developers use it to help those in need in ways that were unimaginable 20 years ago. Some use it to cure phantom pain among amputee victims, while others rely on VR to provide therapy for soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. VR has also been proven to help children with autism by teaching them social cues and real world lessons. It is being used as a practice board for surgical students before they make the first cut. There is even a VR content targeted at young adults that simulates their physical condition when they get to their 60s, and thus encourages them to save for the future.

The introduction of VR porn to Valve will make it the first major platform to host adult content in virtual reality.

Valve's decision to remove the Active Shooter game from its store is unlikely to be affected by the new policy, as the company referred to the game's creator as a "troll" at the time of its removal.

"The Steam Store is going to contain something that you hate, and don't think should exist," Mr Johnson added. "Unless you don't have any opinions, that's guaranteed to happen."

Valve's decision received mixed reactions, with the founder of the Facebook-owned Oculus VR, Palmer Luckey, commending the company on its laissez-faire approach.

"Bravo @steam_games!" Luckey said on . "This policy is going to be a huge boon for VR software, particularly adult content. Getting onto a platform with visibility and reliable payment processing is practically a pre-requisite for success in the games industry."

However, the policy decision has also been criticised by a number of video games bloggers, with popular games site Rock Paper Shotgun describing Mr Johnson's blog post as "jaw dropping".

The First Time Is Not Easy. Most people who have tried virtual reality once would like to experience it again. However, for most people, the first time is not an easy process as it usually requires some sort of adjustment. Some people say that after their first virtual reality experience, they felt very disjointed. Others complained about motion sickness. However, once they have tried virtual reality for a second time, they adjust well to the experience until they get so used to it.

The site noted: "Unfortunately this also means they'll likely be taking a similarly hands-off approach regarding wildly sexist, racist or homophobic content."

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