June 12th, 2008

From this weeks’ Click Me, an interview Heroine Sheik buddy Damon Brown:

Sex and video games have been bedfellows since the first days players wrapped their hands firmly around their joysticks. In fact, according to Damon Brown—journalist, pop culturist, and author of the upcoming Porn and Pong: How Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider and Other Sexy Games Changed Our Culture—tantalizing titles like these have been stirring up arousal and controversy for almost three decades. Using game designer Brenda Brathwaite’s 2006 textbook Sex in Video Games as a springboard into the digitally naughty, Porn and Pong takes an analytical approach that gets behind everything from horny heroes to pixilated D-cups.

One of the things Damon and I talked a lot about–but which didn’t make it into the published interview–was his process as a sex in games writer. Obviously us sex fanboys/girls-turned-journalist are a rare breed, one that has to fight upstream against the often reactionary gaming culture and general media. Happily, Damon says his goal when he writes on the subject (and, I’d like to think, my goal too) is to get people to think more analytically:

I’m hoping this book will push other people who are interested in covering this topic to think maybe arguments like this need to come to the table–maybe, I don’t know, the 100 million copies of Maden is symbolic of the transformation of the traditional male machismo, of being nerdy to actually being sexy, and how the rise of Maxim is a rebellion against the meterosexual ideal and equality between men and women and the fact that women are actually starting to make more than men in some professions. Even if it’s full of shit, we need to have that argument.

Heck, that full-of-shit argument sounds like a lot of fun!

Tags: books

6 Responses to “Click Me: “Video Game Sex Beyond Grand Theft Auto””

  1. Duoae Says:

    “Even if it’s full of shit, we need to have that argument.”

    A friend of mine who’s a sociologist thinks the same way. I’m not as avante garde as you advanced people so while i try and expose myself to new ideas outside of my own ‘core experiences’ i sometimes find it difficult and a little scary.

    Thanks for going those places that the rest of us neanderthals dare not tread. :)

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