This is disingenuous. Dressing this game in a simple "Super Mario" scheme is like putting a sex scene in a Thomas the Tank Engine game, but declaring it's for adults only. It's saying you can play the game in ways Ubisoft didn't intend. Some children who didn't want to be prostitute-murdering drug dealers in the "Grand Theft Auto" games could simply goof around on their motorcycle, too. But that's not the experience the game makers were selling.
When Xbox one-upped with Nintendo Wii with its Kinect technology -- which requires no controllers, but uses sensors to track your body movements -- it was only a matter of time before the Kinect sex games were contemplated.
Brad Abram of the Austrian-based company ThriXXX said his company, which sells 3-D interactive sex games like "3D Sexvilla," "Fetish3D" and "3DLesbian," plans to release a Kinect-enabled sex-simulation game by May. In December, they released a video showing how a player could wave his hand in the air and stroke a scantily clad female avatar in naughty places.
Every joke about overgrown video-gamers being too nerdy to date real women is only enhanced with news like this.
So far, this line of games is being prevented by Microsoft, and a spokesman has said it "would not condone this type of game for Kinect." But some can't understand why the prudes would be so ahistorical. Kyle Machulis, a software engineer and "sex tech expert," complained to ABC News, "The Gutenberg printing press printed Bibles, but it also printed erotica."
Everyone understands that every new technology will be pornified, if someone can make an Almighty Dollar from it. Someone in Austria can make brown-paper-bag video games for Charlie Sheen and his ilk.
But if most video games are going to be made and marketed for children, major game makers and their weak-kneed self-regulating boards should draw lines of propriety, and major retailers should lean on the Entertainment Software Rating Board to know those lines should be drawn strongly -- not out of respect for parents with purchasing power, but for the children whose innocence demands protection.