Augmented adult entertainment (probably NSFW)

It was only a matter of time before someone turned the Kinect into a controller for an adult-themed metaverse called ThriXXX. Its all a bit creepy and sad in my book, though some cyber-futurists will herald it as a further step towards all of us becoming The Lawnmower Man. If it takes off (and I am not necessarily convinced it will), and it follows previous adult entertainment media trends then we will see Kinect devices hooked up to many more computers than games consoles in the future.

Whilst games consoles have been happy to host gratuitous violence, adult entertainment has been a much trickier proposition (in western markets at least, I am not sure if any of the gaming consoles run any of the ‘dating games’ that are popular in Japan). Classic examples of this include the controversial Hot Coffee mini-game hidden in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Acclaim Entertainment’s BMX XXX and the Leisure Suit Larry series of games.

C|Net highlights ambiguity over that fact that the application may be outside the terms of Microsoft’s license for the Kinect since it would be a commercial product.