New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in Video Games

October 6, 2008 -

While video games generally catch more heat for violence than sex, there have been a fair number of lust-fueled controversies in game land. Now, Playboy tech writer Damon Brown documents them in his new book, Porn & Pong: How 'Grand Theft Auto,' 'Tomb Raider' and other Sexy Games Changed Our Culture.

Salon has a lengthy interview with Brown who starts with Custer's Revenge and touches (appropriately, we might add) on everything from Leisure Suit Larry to Hot Coffee and beyond. Not one to leave out the online crowd, Brown includes a section on game-related cybersex:

One of the things I write about is the first documented cyberspace rape in a text-only environment called LambdaMOO. A user found a loophole that allowed him to control the actions of other players. He could make one player hurt or have sex with another player and so on. The malicious user went rampant through the game universe, forcing players into sexual acts, and was repeatedly kicked off the game, but he always managed to come back under a different user name.

The Playboy writer also explains his theory of why most protagonists in sexually-oriented games are male:

Most of the creators of these games are straight, most are white and a portion of them are Asian. [Game designers] want to have a protagonist the player can identify with and, on a different level, the designer himself can identify with. People identify with Larry, because everyone's been desperate and had those moments where they can't pick up anyone, or they want to be Niko Bellic, this awesome tough guy who can maintain five girlfriends across the city of New York.

In the future, Brown sees erotically-charged games becoming much more, um... interactive:

Our grandchildren are going to have amazing sex lives -- I can't think of a better way to say it. Connecting vibrators and other types of tools to the computer and getting pleasured by a professional or a long-distance lover is a brilliant idea. It will connect people in a much deeper way than the Internet or a webcam that's going 15 frames per second...

 

From talking to people at the Adult Entertainment Expo in Vegas in January, I understand the basic idea is that teledildonics will take off in a mainstream way any moment now. I'd say within five years it's going to become standard equipment for a lot of people.

UPDATE: Over at Edge Online, editor Colin Campbell has an entertaining whinge at the entire subject of sex in games. Best line:

Words like teledildonics leave me dizzy with nausea.
 


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Re: New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in Video

Teledildonics for the win. I ordered a pair of vibrating (resonating) "bullets" that react to sound for my girlfriend who lives six hours away. She can plug it into her computer's soundcard and I can control it by playing keyboard, speaking, or playing music over the internet. Somebody needs to invent a male conterpart.

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"One of the things I write about is the first documented cyberspace rape in a text-only environment called LambdaMOO. A user found a loophole that allowed him to control the actions of other players. He could make one player hurt or have sex with another player and so on. The malicious user went rampant through the game universe, forcing players into sexual acts, and was repeatedly kicked off the game, but he always managed to come back under a different user name."

This bit right here makes me question this guy's credibility. I've read the article that he talks about here. The "malicious user" did not go "rampant through the game." It was an isolated incident against two other users which resulted in a large brouhaha regarding the rights and freedoms of mmo players and eventually leading to his character's deletion. He didn't "always" manage to come back. He came back once, under a different name, and never did those things again.

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lol, teledildonics? did he just coin that word, or has it been around? anyway, the last part seems reminiscint of "THX 1138". im sure you movie nuts out there know what im talking about.

 

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Re: New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in Video

The term teledildonics has been around for some time. It's just now becoming feasible.

Re: New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in Video

ROFLCOPTER This is funny.

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Re: New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in Video

If this guy thinks playing with a vibe, even one controlled by someone on the other side of the world, qualifies as having an amazing sex life... he really needs to get laid.

Re: New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in Video

Don't knock it till you've tried it... and way to interperate it in the most boring way imaginable.

Re: New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in Video

Interesting place to put the joystick on the book cover. Very, erm, suggestive.

Re: New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in Video

Sex in videogames has done nothing except enrage soccer moms and politicians.

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Re: New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in ...

Only because most soccer moms rather be having sex then seeing it in video games i think if women got more sex they'd be more open to it in games tv etc. Like over in europe they have female escorts all over the place people have sex and it's not a big deal at all. It's the least of their worries.

Re: New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in Video

I know, isn't it great?

Mass Effect was also proof it could be done tastefully in a video game and add to it.

 

I also laughed at "teledildonics"

Re: New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in Video

And it also proves that people don't care if it's tasteful, real, fake, dry humping, or anything like that. All they care is that there is some form of sex, and it's a no-no-zone for video games because it's a "Kids toy"

Re: New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in Video

Leave it to a Playboy employee to turn a look at sex in video games into a look at future ways to have sex with people over the internet.

Re: New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in Video

G4TechTV have covered this more so.  The porn industry has started on the sex over the internet and movie sex like experiences like 10 years ago.  Now you can control robots across the globe, or select your path in the movie.  The porn industry has brought more innovations that were brought into the regular movie industry more than any other industry.  First to make VHS movies, CD ROM interactive clips, DVD movies, interactive DVDs, selling DVDs online for consumers to burn onto DVDs themselves, hologram technology, camcorders, pay-per-view, and e-commerce.

Funny enough, that isnt even half of what the industry has brought to people...  People have been having sex online for years though, initially just basic text, then video/webcam, and now virtual worlds, and it keeps on going, merging concepts, and is normally on the forefront of tech advancements.  Through developing interactive sex online where people can control certain robots for their 'friend' (even making it so a pinch and poke can be felt where and how ever the other person intended it), could very well result in virtual reality finally coming to what many dreamed it could be one day, in short, the Matrix but without you dieing if you die in the game, but controlled by humans, hopefully, haha.

This is something every serious game company will be keeping an eye on.  It could very well revolutionize everything we do.  Making it so we dont have to fly across the world for internation business meetings (which we barely have to do now), or across the country to spend holidays with family.  The PC based VR worlds are turning into whole worlds of their own, where people have created businesses that only exist in that world, and you can earn serious money through...

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Re: New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in Video

"Making it so we dont have to fly across the world for internation business meetings (which we barely have to do now), or across the country to spend holidays with family. "

That sounds like a commercial for Cyberdine or at least the one that plays at the Universal ride.

Anyway there is no way technology can replace actually being with family and friends except in instances where it cannot happen for whatever reason. Business meetings are one thing get togethers with people you actually care about, quite different.

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Re: New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in Video

"That sounds like a commercial for Cyberdine or at least the one that plays at the Universal ride."

I thought the same thing when I read that. The language makes it seem very pre-Terminator 2. Now where are my robotic arms to tuck my child into bed with?

Re: New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in Video

Well, as people move further apart, to go where their career requires them to, it is a solution when you have started a new job out of state, and can not return home really for a birthday or something.  For game developers, when they are in the middle of a big project, it is a solution as well...

And do the other guy, they are helping fund the new technology to help it advance into a usable form...  I guess I qualify that...  and it serves as the initial testing of full production of such technology for commercial use.

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Re: New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in Video

I don't think they are leading the way in developing new methods and technologies, but rather whenever there is a new breakthrough they are right at the front of the queue to make use of it.

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Re: New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in Video

Teledildonics? I don't think that sounds like the brilliant future for video games I've been hearing about.

Re: New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in Video

Custards Revenge!

Haha...  leisure suit larry, haha  i remember the dos version of that game when i was really little

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"It will connect people in a much deeper way than the Internet or a webcam that's going 15 frames per second..."

Connecting in a much deeper way?  Wouldn't that depend on what type of futuristic vibrator one hooks up to said futuristic computer?

Innuendos aside am I the only creeped out that what he says might accutally be true one day?  I mean.....I'm imaginging it in my brain and it just dosen't seem right on many levels. 

Re: New Book Digs Into the Past - and Future - of Sex in Video

Hmm. Intresting. I wonder if this book touches on the adult visual novels they have in Japan?

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