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Getting down for some 'hot coffee' action isn't going to happen on the Xbox 360, at least not with the Kinect motion control system and not with Microsoft's say-so. Borrowing the moral police helmet from Apple, Microsoft last night said that a protoype Austrian "sex game interface" based on the hand-tracking Xbox add-on will …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    Stereotype alert

    I can just see it - put together by geeks for geeks neither who have yet to participate in the real act - should be a great game ;)

    1. Wize

      Perhaps they need games like this for guys...

      ...but designed by women. Help train these guys to know what a woman really wants should the rare occasion occur where they are with a real person.

  2. Semaj


    "Xbox is a family friendly games and entertainment console and does not allow Adults Only content to be certified for use on its platform, and would not condone this type of game for Kinect."

    So GTA isn't adult only then?

    Course callously mowing down pedestrians, hiring then blowing the brains out of prostitutes is fun for the whole family.

    That's our culture though isn't it - violence is fine and a bit of consensual kinky fun is evil.

    1. Gangsta

      Well Yes

      In the moral sense of the term: yes. GTA is Adults Only. But in the technical sense of the term GTA is rated at M (Mature) in the USA - bar San Andreas being rated Adults Only for the hot coffee mod.

    2. Anonymous Coward
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      Couldn't agree more!

      My cousin (hence the anon), aged 11 has all the Call of Duty games (against my suggestion that shooting Russian civilians was a bit disturbing..), however he isn't allowed GTA, because of the prostitutes...

      Its crazy. Natural human process of survival bad - ending another life harmeless fun.

      The world needs to have a long hard look in the mirror and work out where its priorities lie.

      1. LinkOfHyrule

        The main reason (well one of them)

        The main reason though you never see any "AO" aduits only rated games for any of the consoles is that a certain US retailer who's name ends with "Mart" and begins with "Wall" won't touch 'em with a barge pole.

        This one retailer pretty much has a whole industry held to ransom in terms of what is suitable content.

        As for Kinect and it being "family friendly" - now I know what they mean after seeing those youtube videos of family members physically "kinecting" with each other rather painfully it seems while playing the bloody thing! It should come with an inflatable boxing ring and padded headgear to protect nippers from getting smacked round the chops by their parents while playing Just Dance!

        Smiley face cos its Wallmarts acid house and early 90's rave scene inspired inspired mascot isn't it?

      2. Anonymous Coward

        Long hard look in the mirror

        Hell, I'd like to have along hard look anywhere...never mind just the mirror.

    3. Gerry Doyle 1


      The basic principle is that you can portray anything being stuck into a woman - except a mickey.

  3. Tigra 07 Silver badge

    Wouldn't Kinsext be better?

    "Xbox is a family friendly games and entertainment console and does not allow Adults Only content to be certified for use on its platform"

    There won't be any shoot em ups then or GTA5, it's just another kid friendly Wii.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      There is a difference between 18 and r18 certificates, which is I think what they are getting at.

  4. Tony Gosling

    Killing OK but fondling is wrong ?

    So it is OK to have games where you kill and murder people. But a bit of fondling or sex is not allowed ? What a twisted set of moral priorities. Nothing wrong with a bit of nudity or fantasy fondling.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I dread to think

    What the cameras on the Kinect will record and post to Utube

  6. Peter Mc Aulay
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    Xbox is a family friendly games platform?

    Naturally. GTA: San Andreas, Mortal Kombat, Scarface, Playboy: The Mansion... The list of family friendly entertainment goes on and on.

    We need an icon for "I can barely type from the tears in my eyes I'm laughing so hard".

  7. Paul Hates Handles


    GTA isn't adult only. I think it's rated "Teen" in the US, though they seem to ignore ratings.

    I think they're missing an opportunity. They could use it as a sex ed toy to train them up before they're old enough to do the real thing. They have to learn before doing everything else, so it might do them some good.

    1. Pablo


      It's "Mature" which supposedly means 17+, but the ratings aren't legally binding, and as you say people mostly ignore them anyway.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    saw it

    Saw it on 2ch running Real Kanojo - the origonal game had an option for using two mice (may also have had a link for one of those remote control vaginas), it was worth adapting just for the lulz though, and hey it may increase the sales in Japan as basement dwellers decide the kinect may be useful somewhere in their lives. No one else in Japan will need one (or has a house big enough to use one)

  9. pisquee


    but killing and assault are OK for a family friendly games and entertainment console?

  10. Anonymous Coward


    Seems to miss the point, surely sex and intimate contact is just that, it's the act of physical contact that is the ultimate sensation you're after? Flapping and waving your various bits about midair, seems to miss the fun of intimate, sexual activity.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Broken argument

      The same argument is surely true of any activity.

      What's the point of Kinect biking? Surely the whole point of riding a bike is some real exercise and getting amongst nature or vehicles emitting real fumes?

      And tennis is about getting burned in the sun and looking at those cute chicks in short dresses.

      Surely car driving is about feeling the acceleration of the car and mowing down real prostitutes rather than just watching the pixels flash by in GTA?

  11. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge


    I don't know if Americans just overeat until they divide in two - but getting a family generally involves sex.

  12. Anonymous Coward

    simply hilarious

    All it's missing are the 3D glasses and force-feedback gloves, calibrating the correct visual depth of the 3D might turn into that Harry & Sally scene though:

    "Touch me here...oooh! And here....ahhhh! And here....oh yes! yes! yes!!"

    Mine's the dirty mac with the holes in the pockets...

  13. Dave in the States
    Paris Hilton

    Just wondering...

    Does the Kinect recognize ALL appendages?

    Paris, 'cause she knows all the important ones.

    1. alwarming
      Paris Hilton

      I don't own one but...

      I believe they try to trace all the "bones" in the body.

      Paris, coz we may want our bones in her body.

  14. Ball boy

    Don't forget the American market

    ...tends towards the Victorian: It's okay to let the undercurrent population get maimed or killed but sex? Ah, well. That's really not suitable for us prudes, don't you know.

    After all, there's plenty in the Bible that covers destruction of life - backed by the right to bear arms - but very little to do with sex beyond '...and Mary didn't know Joseph' (which is rather tame these days). Come to think of it, I'm not sure the US constitution even mentions sex beyond brotherly love (yes, I'm taking it out of conext. Calm down at the back).

    1. Jedit

      "Mary did not know Joseph"

      So she had sex with a guy she didn't even KNOW? And these people dare to legislate my morality.

      (Not Paris ... because after all, she knows everyone who's anyone.)

  15. Graham Marsden
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    At the Erotica show a couple of years ago...

    ... in the Trade Section, there was a new "toy" from Japan which was a synthetic female hand attached to a mechanism which would allow it to slide up and down in synchronisation with the motions of a young lady on a video which would play on your computer.

    I can't help thinking that with that and the game in this article plus a webcam there's a whole new world of (ahem) "interactive communications devices" just waiting to be developed...!!!

  16. PJ 1
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    I was given to understand

    that Kinect can't detect fingers...

    Icon because, well, because that won't be happening will it.

    1. The Indomitable Gall

      Recognising fingers....

      The original prototypes had on-board bones processing, and the bones model didn't recognise fingers.

      The bones processing was taken out (ostensibly as a cost saving, but more likely cos they knew the device was going to be hackable, and they'd effectively be giving cheap motion capture to ever cartoon and video-game studio in the world) so these guys must be making their own bones from the video feed. The original bones model didn't follow fingers because of size and processing speed, but in this game the hand appears to be held closer to the camera than usual, and the software is only tracking the hand, so it's not having to do any more work than the basic bones model used in the dance sim, for example.

  17. Paul Barraclough


    Looks like some kind of new "Addams Family" game.


  18. kain preacher Silver badge

    rated M

    Its not just wal mart. Game stop is that way to. I'm 32 and this jack ass is asking me for my ID to buy max payne. I walk out and bout it on line used from Amazon . I don't look any thing close to under 18.

  19. Eduard Coli
    Gates Horns

    You'll go blind

    And here we thought the agents of MiniTru liked porno to keep the proles quiet.

  20. Pete 43

    Made me think of The Addams family

    Seemed pretty pointless, pixelated birds?

  21. CmdrX3

    I know a better game...

    for people on their own looking for some fun which doesn't involve the Kinect and can be controlled with only one hand...... It's called Spanking the Monkey!!! It's cheaper, faster and probably much more gratifying

    1. Tony Smith, Editor, Reg Hardware (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: I know a better game...

      Sssh... don't tell PS3 fanboy ACs that - they've always thought it a gift from Sony.

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