IDGA Finds Its Special Purpose

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The recent Grand Theft Auto scandal surrounding the secret and sexually explicit Hot Coffee modification has done more than cause uproar in Congress. Game developers are taking a more hands-on approach by launching the first ever Sex in Video Games Conference this summer to build support for a new special interest group.

Navin’s Realization:

Marie:…To marry someone with power, great vision, someone with a special purpose.

Navin: “I’ve got one! I’ve got a special purpose!”

Marie: “You do?”

Navin: “Yes, it’s fantastic! It’s great! It’s unbelievable! And I was afraid to tell you about it – your mother’s going to love me!”

–From Steve Martin’s The Jerk

Sex and the Internet have gone together like the almost as frowned upon coffee and cigarettes. Game developers aren’t missing the next online sexual revolution to follow porn surfing, cyber sex, and web cam stripping. Add a little machinimated lurid content to wildly popular Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG) and you have what are being called Massively Multiplayer Online Erotic Games (MMOEG).

Instead of waiting for Congressional and parental panties to get in a twist, the International Game Developers Association has set up the Sex Special Interest Group (Sex SIG) to promote:

1. The right of developers to work together to create games that include the full range of the human experience, including representations of relationships, love, intimacy and sexual themes.
2. A parent’s need to be informed and oversee/control their children’s access to content.
3. The responsibility developers have to make sure that the content that’s in the game is reflected in its rating and its rating descriptors.

“Our main objective is to encourage responsible development,” said the Sex SIG chair and founder, Brenda Brathwaite, who was also the lead designer on the game Playboy: The Mansion.

As a result of the Sex SIG formation, the Sex in Video Games Conference will be hosted by Evergreen Events in (where else?) San Francisco this June.

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