The unsexiness of virtual sex

A glimpse of the first pornographic video game for Microsoft's Kinect underwhelms

Tracy Clark-Flory
December 17, 2010 1:50AM (UTC)

A preview of the first sex game for Microsoft's Kinect has hit the Web -- which is exciting! At least in theory. There's been a lot of hype around the potential for harnessing the device -- which turns the human body into a remote control -- for pornographic pursuits. However, the first glimpse of what that could mean is decidedly unsexy.

The preview shows a developer moving his hand this way and that, which causes a disembodied hand to feel up a virtual girl in the game. As some bloggers have suggested, it's like watching Thing from "The Addams Family" get busy -- which is rather unsettling (although, hand and amputee fetishists might disagree). This is a beta release and the preview is limited to "fondling-only mode," according to Nerve, so you can look forward to full-body interaction. Teledildonics are also likely to be introduced so that users aren't just humping air.


I have to say I'm baffled that this is the best we've come up with. Combine the multi-billion-dollar porn industry with today's most advanced technology and all you get is a perverted mime act? In all fairness, short of an advanced sex robot that passes the uncanny valley test, it's hard for me to imagine a technological innovation that makes virtual sex very appealing. A large part of me thinks sex will never be successfully simulated -- which is at once sad and oddly reassuring. But I want to open it up to readers (and please don't make me regret doing this): What sexy technological innovation would you like to see?

Tracy Clark-Flory

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