One of the most talked about features of Cyberpunk 2077 right now is the ability to customize your penis. Some players are asking, why go through the trouble if you don't even see it?
If your only exposure to Cyberpunk 2077 is the marketing and online chatter around it, it seems like this game is obsessed with penises. If it's not transphobic in-game ads, it's the endless memes about "penis 2," one of the options the player can choose to customize their dick in the game's character creator. Genital customization was one of the reasons why the game was rated M for mature as noted in May by PC Gamer. Given the game's raunchy, edgy marketing, one would think that the shape and size of your penis would have some kind of impact on the game.
According to players on the Cyberpunk 2077 subreddit, that couldn't be farther from the truth. Other than a bug where your penis pokes through your pants, Cyberpunk players say that they don't see their genitals outside of the character creator. It seems like in this game your penis might as well not exist, not even during sex scenes. These scenes are from the first person perspective, making looking at one's penis pretty difficult. One post on the Cyberpunk 2077 subreddit puts it succinctly: "TL;DR: Peepee don't get erect, what's the point?" Another post from the developer of Memoirs of a Battle Brothel, an adult cyberpunk role playing game, referred to the genital customization as "clickbait."
"One of the most important parts of any porn game is player agency when it comes to their sexuality. [Pornographic games] that let you choose your sexuality, and have options for it, are very protective of that fact. This is because it’s hard to do," the developer wrote, saying that allowing players to choose their gender essentially doubled the work for their game.
"It’s also a major draw, despite the vast audience for games in my industry being straight males. Here, in Cyberpunk, it’s just another illusion of choice," they continued.
That post has been upvoted over a thousand times. Similar posts have been upvoted over eight thousand times. It seems like in Cyberpunk 2077, your penis is just another missing feature that's frustrating players.
Cyberpunk 2077 is a huge and currently very buggy game, so it's not impossible that a player's choice of genitals will come into play in some yet to be discovered activity far removed from the game's main story. However, Cyberpunk 2077 is also constantly trying to shock the player with explicit images and shocking ideas. In some cases, those ideas are explored in interesting and meaningful ways. In other cases, it's just swagger that's designed to grab attention. So far, although penis 2 is still the talk of the town, Cyberpunk 2077 players cannot find a use for their buggy penises.