Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Blood Elf Porn

Tobold asks us, "Why is there not more Porn MMOs?"

He provides several links to articles, and provides some insights himself. Go on, read all that then come back.

One of the articles Tobold linked to, speak of the biggest limitation to a Porn MMO. You would need to cater the game to women. That means less having the game look like a "college guys frat party fantasy" and more of a focus on what women want.

Of course as XKCD points out, in porn, even in porn for women, people fuck.

Reading through the comments section at Tobolds, you see that another concern is the "Play Time" which one commenter estimated about 12 minutes. This of course goes counter grain to the "grind" of an MMORPG. Not to mention most "cyber" sessions are between two people.

Tobold touches on the Uncanny Valley concept, which he dismisses, but I think has a sideways merit. Many people that I talk to (who are typically of a "jock" persuasion) are often against animated pornography, and would ever only watch it for laughs. They strictly adhere to only "real porn" since to them at least the girl is real (never mind that this would require over 50,000 words to fully explore, not including investigating stories of how the mind functions, how our eye sees, and several other studies of the theory of what is reality).

So if we take out all the kids that play MMOs, all the women who specifically are unsatisfied with the available pornographic activities of the game, and all the guys who are against "animated porn lol", we see that the demographic for a porn MMO is probably MORE niche than an ALL PVP MMO.

As for porn games in general, there are plenty of them out there.

Thing is, that people who want to "cyber" don't really need a complicated GUI to do so. From AOL and Yahoo chats back in the day asking A/S/L (I haven't been there in a while, do they still do that?), to the ERP that occurs in Goldshire Inn (in the MMO that shall remain nameless), we see that there is already people who want to "get off" while in a virtual space (because at least the person on the other end is "real").

While I can't imagine someone designing a raid dungeon for a one handed (zero handed for those who like to attack multiple sensitive areas) group of players, I can see how an M rated MMO that specifically allows for ERP and "cyber" to happen, and to go so far as to include easily manipulated animations, then we can see the concept of a porn MMO coming to fruition. In the end, the most important aspects would be, the avatar, the text box, the setting, and the animations.

Looking specifically at Champions Online, and the unnamed MMO, the difference is truly the ease of chatting. Champions Online is specifically weak in that respect, and has resulted in less desire to chat in general (from me at least).

So do we really NEED a porn specific MMO? Not really. What we need, is for MMOs to do what they do best, and people will find a way to make it about sex.