But The Real World isn't a physical place. It's a cynical way of looking at American youth culture, so it doesn't matter where the series is set.
A few years back, a gal named Ruthie was repeatedly shown getting intoxicated. At one point, the producers even followed her in a camera-equipped car as she drove drunk, ostensibly to help her. It became just another chapter in that season's saga.
This time, one of the houseguests has already been clocked in the face by the end of the first episode, threatening his vision and requiring surgery to repair a broken bone. The fight happens because the cast has been drinking heavily at a bar. After a squabble between two of them, two others mistakenly challenge a guy in the street who has nothing to do with the disagreement.
Though the action unfolds over several minutes, there's no sign that executive producer Jonathan Murray or his crew tried to intervene and stop the fisticuffs.
More benign high jinks play out during the first two episodes: a girl-on-girl kiss in the hot tub, a girl-on-boy kiss in a bar (after the cast gets drunk their first night in town), naked running around the house, a group shower and more talk about getting jiggy with it than at a rap summit.
By the way, none of these idiots is from the Lone Star State.
By now, anyone auditioning for The Real World knows the drill. The producers are only going to cast hyperbolic "types." And in its 16th season, that means houseguests willing to raise the stakes with even more outrageous stunts than previous casts.