October 12th, 2007

And yet another sex game turns out to be totally unsexy…

Last year at the Sex & Video Games Conference in San Fran, one of the big names that kept floating around was Redlight Center. Along with a bunch of other titles (which has since flopped or never got made) Redlight Center was heralded as an innovative MMO dedicated entirely to sex–a sort of distilled, high-efficiency, misguided Second Life, if you will.

A year and change later, Redlight Center is indeed up and running. Unfortunately, as expected, it’s not getting rave reviews. First of all, there’s the $20 a month subscription fee. Second, there’s the fact that the place is underpopulated and crude. Oh, and apparently the dancing is more hilarious than tantalizing. Leigh Alexander wrote an Aberrant Gamer column all about the unsexiness (from whence the above picture is most definitely stolen). She can tell you first hand. The boys: skeevy or dorky. The social skills: seriously lacking.

In my opinion, the problem is Redlight Center‘s unwillingness to go all the way. Maybe I’m being all theoretical and idealistic–but if you want a game about sex, make a game about sex. Heck, it could even work in random matches. Bunnygrl19 could get pit against Makehercum2001. One, two, three, go! Whoever makes the other come first wins? I don’t know. At least it would be interesting… Or, if you want social interaction, go to Second Life where the nudity (and the creeps, and the dorks, and occasionally the good cyberers) are free.

I suppose I’ll have to check Redlight Center myself soon enough. In the meantime, I’ll be bracing myself. At least dancing with polygonal dorks will make me feel better about my simplistic skills at real-life hip wiggling…

Tags: bad sex, MMOs, sex games

9 Responses to “Dancing with Dorks in “Redlight Center””

  1. Cybersexy Says:

    Don’t waste your time or money. I played it last year for about a month. The graphics are outstanding, and that’s the end of it.

    The best way to describe RLC is eHarmony for the sex-crazed placed in a virtual world. There is no game play to speak of. Once you’ve explored RLC, there isn’t much to do except sex and dancing. Eventually, you realize it’s just a big chat room with lots of nice bells and whistles, but it’s still just a chat room.

  2. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    Don’t worry, I wouldn’t waste my money :). I expect you’re probably 100% right, Cybersexy, but in the name of journalism and/or research I really do have to check it out first-hand. At the least, I’m sure I’ll get some colorful column material out of it.

  3. Leigh Says:

    Bonnie,

    Yes, the guys were skeeves and dorks and the dancing was hilarious, but the real reason it was such a turnoff? Because it’s a sex game. To me, sex is about the rapport and the less tangible individual traits that create appeal. To see people show up in a porn-stuffed sex world so obviously looking for one thing — you know, let’s just stand around naked and wait to get laid — I’m no prude, but it was just kinda gro-o-ss. Why can’t there be a really good game that just happens to let you have sex?

  4. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    Why can’t there be a really good game that just happens to let you have sex?
    While I totally support that question, I can’t help but believe you could make a really good sex game. The thing I can never figure out though is *how*. Of course, as a sex and games person, maybe I just have to believe it’s possible :). It’s like believing in RL sex without emotional attachment. In theory, on paper, I believe in it and stand up for it 100%. In real life, it’s never that easy.

  5. Cybersexy Says:

    Is it possible to make a good movie that just happens to have sex in it? Of course. “Basic Instinct” comes to mind.

    But you need to remember something else too. How long were movies around before good movies with sex in them were made? At least half a century.

    I suspect we have a few decades to go before you see a really good game that includes sex.

  6. Shostakovicz Says:

    Here’s what I don’t get. The software advertises itself as “pre-beta” when it starts up. Now, in my experience, beta is the stage when you solicit people to try your stuff, see if it works, fix the inevitable bugs that you know (truthfully hope) will come up. Normally, beta testers get some perqs like free gameplay for a while, or at least a free copy of the game.

    In RLC, you actually have to PAY to participate in their open pre-beta! Why the hell are people paying for this?? It’s not even a finished, publishable product! Would you guys pay full price for a prototype version of Office? Is cybersex really that important to people?

    Shosta

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  8. JoeOfarrel Says:

    Hi all, there is a fairly recent review of the redlightcenter up on this site: http://www.adultvirtualworldreview.com

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