The above image is sort of troubling, in that sometimes I wonder if we will ever see bodies that are not the ones that are marketed to us: when games talk ‘realism’ they mean the visual fidelity of an already existing trope, rather than carefully representing diverse voices and bodies (which would be far more interesting, in a way, more ‘real’). Of course the first thing you’d model for an erotic videogame is the above stripper: her body is the sort we ingest daily on billboards. She is traditionally what the heterosexual male is supposed to find ‘sexy’. Wicked Paradise has promised me in the below interview that other viewpoints for their new episodic content for the Oculus Rift will be represented. But if the first episode (ostensibly seeming to be about a strip club) is commercially successful, will we ever get to see erotic experiences that aren’t in the Leisure Suit Larry…vein?
“The Oculus Rift is getting a hot injection of the erotic kind. Wicked Paradise, based in Irvine California, is producing a series of episodic erotic games to cater to all sexualities. Though it’s in the early stages of development, it’s certainly a neglected space in the games market, and so it will be interesting to see how this works out for the developer, who has on board staff who have worked on AAA titles such as Rage, the Call of Duty series, Lost Planet, Madden, and PlanetSide 2. I asked for an interview to find out more.”