People who refer to the Internet as the "information superhighway" have obviously never actually opened a web browser. For the most part, as the saying goes, the Internet is primarily filled with naked ladies and pictures of cats. And, even though both of these things are entertaining, neither really qualifies as "information" (unless you're a doctor or vet, I suppose).
But the Internet and video games have a particularly symbiotic relationship, and, considering that gamers tend to be male, enterprising publishers are always looking for ways to galvanize said relationship further. The most obvious way to do this is to combine both of these dude-centric interests—women and video games—and create one piece of super entertainment.
Video games have been doing this since the industry was in its infancy (I'm looking at you Leisure Suit Larry), but the medium has never quite managed to cross the line into full-fledged pornography. Sure, games like God of War and Dead Or Alive have tiptoed on the edge, but an adult game industry has yet to really spring up.
However, there's a longstanding tradition in the adult film business to borrow inspiration from whatever entertainment franchises are currently popular, remove the storyline, and replace it with sex scenes. The Tomb Raider franchise has always been an obvious choice for adult film producers. Last January, Exquisite Films produced a little gem called Tomb Raider XXX, which contained classic lines like "That's a great deal of money for a job I haven't even agreed to take yet," and "I am hoping that this is just the beginning of long and mutually beneficial relationship." Yes, these are actual lines.
And recently the Lollipop Chainsaw franchise got its own adult remix. The movie, entitled Tia's Geek Cosplay F***! is slated for release next week. In it, Tia dresses up in various Lollipop Chainsaw-inspired outfits. I'm not exactly sure how the chainsaw is going to be used, but it makes me nervous enough to notch my belt a little tighter.
Strangely, until this week, the streaming video capabilities that this generation of consoles is capable of has yet to be used for pornographic purposes. However, SugarDVD recently launched an unlimited streaming service that is available for $7.95/month to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners. Now gamers won't even have to reach for their laptop.
Actually, when you consider that the average age of a gamer is about 31 years old, it's really odd that more adult-oriented entertainment hasn't been finding its way into the video game realm. I'm not just talking about nudity, either. Many publishers still create games as though teenagers are their primary audience, which hasn't been true for years. Yes, teenagers play video games, but they're certainly not the largest market out there.
Perhaps all of this explicitly adult entertainment will finally convince publishers to release games that don't cater to children.
Date: November 16, 2012
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