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Santa’s coming to town…with Kinect sex?

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There’s been some talk in the media lately about the idea of Kinect sex. Kinect is the unique new motion gaming console created by Microsoft that allows the players themselves to act as the controllers through movement. Given the nature of this console, spectators have been curious about the idea of using the Kinect as a means for virtual sex games. Adult only (AO) already exists as a video game genre, though controversially perceived. This technology would take this genre to the next level–but would it be crossing the line? After all, AO games in general already are often viewed as crossing the line.

The article linked above is about a person who hacked the Kinect (not too uncommon) and was thus able to create his own game–a virtual sex game. Though the technology is not entirely worked out properly yet, the developer claims that this interactive Kinect porn will be ready in time for Christmas. But based on our society’s typically dirty views of porn and disgusted views of things like cyber sex or sexting, those with Kinect sex on their Christmas lists may make Santa transfer them onto the naughty list.

Personally, I find the idea of Kinect sex rather repulsive. Then again, I’m also uncomfortable with more tame things already circulating our society, such as porn, cyber sex, and sexting. Maybe I’m just a romantic, though, who conservatively hates the idea of what was once intimate-love-making to infiltrate itself through technology and become more casual and shallow. This transition reminds me of some of the themes in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, a 1932 novel which pessimistically foreshadows future society. One of the concepts includes a negative view on the infiltration of promiscuous, casual, pornographic sex in society, and how technology exasperates the problem. Are Huxley’s predictions becoming evident now that the technology is actually emerging?

Written by Liz R

December 3, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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