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Wicked Paradise is “adult version of Heavy Rain”, will cater for female gamers says developer

Thursday, 20th June 2013 12:41 GMT By Dave Cook

Wicked Paradise is the Oculus Rift-powered erotic game from developer Wicked Paradise. Founder Jeroen Van den Bosch has suggested that the episodic series will depicts erotic scenes for both male and female gamers, with triple-a quality and a strong narrative.

Speaking with PCGamesN, Van den Bosch explained why he decided to make Wicked Paradise to begin with.

“It was a combination of two things,” he said. “First I always found it intriguing that there are so many beautifully crafted shooter games on the market, but not a single, well designed adult videogame, so I always had this idea of creating a high quality adult video game. Secondly, I had the chance to test a very early prototype of the Oculus Rift last summer and it blew me away. I immediately realized that Virtual Reality is the perfect medium for a highly immersive adult videogame.”

The team is said to consist of veteran developers with experience of the triple-a market, so perhaps there is truth that the team sees its project as uncharted territory begging to be explored. But it’s also clear to see why the project has received backlash from some quarters.

Either way, Van den Bosch stressed that it won’t just be a way to ogle virtual strippers, and stressed that narrative is important to the team.

“Storyline is very important for us,” he continued. “We want to generate erotic tension between the player and the virtual characters. You need a solid storyline in order to achieve that. It will be a modern day setting, I think the best way to describe is like an adult version of Heavy Rain but completely designed for Virtual Reality.”

While the game has been getting some flack from people who disagree with the game’s aims and content, Van den Bosch explained that Wicked Paradise is making games for females and people of varying sexual orientations, “Wicked Paradise will be episodic, much like the brilliant videogame The Walking Dead.

“The first series will be from a hetero male POV, but we’ll have different series that cater to different genders and sexual orientations, it’s our goal to ultimately have Virtual Reality experiences for everybody to enjoy.”

Does the team’s intentions to cater to all genders and orientations justify the game’s existence, or is it still morally questionable? On the other hand, does the team have the right to push these boundaries given gaming’s stance as an art form? It’s a dense issue, but let us know what you think below.

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21 Comments

  1. unacomn

    I must now buy an Oculus Rift.

    Also, I don’t see any moral quandaries. Pornography and erotica are as old as time. If it’s tasteful, then the more the better.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Biscuitpants

    cant wait

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    Day one.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Digital Bamboo

    Someone had to do it. I’m surprised its taken this long.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. CyberMarco

    Oh the magic of the Internet! :P

    #5 1 year ago
  6. FeaturePreacher

    So Dragon’s Crown gets accused of oversexualization but a look at these VR titties or dicks games is art.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Dave Cook

    @6 Who said that? I was merely offering some discussion points to see what everyone things.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Ireland Michael

    @6 …what?

    #8 1 year ago
  9. The_Red

    @6
    There is nothing wrong with either Dragon’s Crown, VR titties or porn. Some People are just acting smug and over-sensitive.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Ireland Michael

    Adults in “liking sex” shocker.

    MORE AT 11!

    #10 1 year ago
  11. redwood

    @dave; well it IS a dense issue, and many people will find the game entertaining, while others will find it disgusting.
    I just have an issue with them comparing an erotic-game to “heavy rain”. They are making a porno, alright.. all the power to them. but heavy rain is one of the best games when it comes to story telling.. and it explores way more emotions than just one, and their game only explores one i.e SEX..

    #11 1 year ago
  12. AmiralPatate

    There’s one question though, will there be a PC version? What is that? Why am I asking? Erm, no reason… :)

    In all seriousness though, I very much doubt it’ll make an interesting game.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. YoungZer0

    @11: Okay, first of all the game is not even out yet, so how can you judge it?

    Second, there are more than one emotion at play when you have sex as there are more than one way to have sex.

    I wonder if the game explores that, or if it’s going to be rather … shallow?

    Anyway, I think it’s worth exploring. We have way too many videogames completely focused on killing other people, yet somehow a lot of people seem to think that there’s something deprived about videogames that feature sex.

    The problem I see with games that oversexualize characters is not that they oversexualize them, but that they take all that time and energy and invest it into a full blown sex game. Has any of you heard of the game “Scarlet Blade”? An MMO that SHOULD’VE been a sex game.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. redwood

    @13 hahaah.. ok I will wait till it’s released.. Here is hoping that they amaze everyone by making a a great game with the script as good as the dark knight and sex-scenes as hot as [insert favorite porno movie here].

    #14 1 year ago
  15. YoungZer0

    @14: Oh, I can already see it.

    “You either die a hero, or live- Oh, yes, fuck me, right there!”

    #15 1 year ago
  16. redwood

    “why so horny!!”

    #16 1 year ago
  17. TheWulf

    I’ve spent a lot of time around furries and I’ve found that I pretty much have to be comfortable with my sexuality, it’s something that you pick up when mingling with that crowd because they’re more open and mature about it, they don’t see it as a sinful, taboo thing. Instead of working from a sense of outdated religious morals, they base their feelings upon ethics. Which, in all honesty, is how it should be.

    I’ll use that preface to jump to another point: Objectification is something that bothers me because it happens exclusively to women. I mean, I had to stop playing Dragon’s Prophet because of that, as I just couldn’t stomach it. Not because I’m a prude, but because I just don’t agree with the notion of sending the message that a man is a strong, capable warrior, whilst a woman is a frail, oversexed object to be drooled at.

    If you do it equally however, I have no issue.

    Want a good example? Saints Row II. Want another good example? Saints Row the Third. My lady friend and I have pretty good gauges when it comes to this sort of thing, and Saints Row is one of the few games that truly UNDERSTANDS equity in representation. Anything a man can do in Saints Row, a woman can do. There’s a slider for how oversexed you want your character to be, if at all, and it works on both frackin’ genders.

    Imagine that.

    Saints Row is a game which so equally pokes fun at everything in such an irreverent way that it can’t be taken seriously, it’s fun because of that. But let’s say that a game has a boob slider for women, where the minimum option is giant, the medium option is ‘ow, my back’ and the highest is ‘magic tits,’ and similar options don’t exist for the guys… that, especially in a more serious game, will irritate the shit out of me.

    To be honest, I often think people who fight for sexual equality are mistaken for prudes. I’m certainly not. As I said, hanging around furries, you kind of can’t be. It’s a thing. But I think the assumption can be made, even if it is incorrect. However, what’s interesting is that you’ll often find that it’s actually more sexually secure people who argue for equality. It tends to be awkward virgins who embrace objectification. Someone had to say it, we all know that’s true.

    So I have no trouble with that. Besides, this just seems like Second Life, and I’ve hung out in Second Life. I have a coder friend who uses Second Life to do all sorts of fun physicsy things. In fact, Second Life taught him so much about physics that when he was doing a robotics course for college, the robotic arm he programmed was so accurate compared to that of every other student that his professor thought aloud that he might have cheated somehow.

    So yeah.

    Interestingly, I feel that Penny Arcade actually understands this as that’s a fairly fabulous example. It’s not fun for women to have to play characters that look like they belong in sex games, when men don’t have to play such characters. That sucks for them.

    So I just wanted to untangle those two right now. Whilst I am annoyed sometimes by a lack of gender equality in games, to the point where the respect for gender is almost asymmetrical, I’m not against porn or people enjoying it. Knock yourself out.

    But keep in mind that a sex game is a sex game, and whilst it’s perfectly acceptable to drool at people of both genders in this, the lady playing that elf in that other game you like probably doesn’t appreciate you drooling at her so much.

    It’s all about context.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. TheWulf

    Also, I like what #13 is saying. He’s very much speaking my language, here.

    As a fan of visual novels, point & click adventures, and games where you don’t have to kill, I’m very versed in that topic. I have mentioned before that if a game is serious and they humanise the NPC characters, then that makes killing them unsettling. So in those games I want to be presented with optional scenarios, I want to approach things without killing.

    I’m not a very violent person, I never have been. I’d *ahem.* rather use my WITS than my FISTS. (Anyone old and PC-inclined enough will get that.)

    I don’t see a games where certain goals are romance-based to be a bad thing, in all honesty. I think more games could do that. And I definitely think that more games could explore sexuality in an intellectual way, rather than ‘HEY, THIS ELF HAS BIG KNOCKERS.’ I often feel that when it comes to emotional maturity, most of the people I’ve met are children, sexually. You wouldn’t even be comfortable to be in a relationship with them, because they just don’t understand their own sexuality, and that makes it feel wrong.

    This accounts for more adults that one might realise. So something more intellectual to help them explore sexuality might not be a bad thing at all. And goodness knows the Internet needs it. As I said, I’ve gotten to the point where I’m able to spot an awkward virgin with very little sexual maturity from a mile away. I often mistake them for children because of this.

    It’s sad that so many people know how their glock works, but don’t have a clue how their cock works. And yeah, I am implying men, here, because it’s mostly men that seem to have that problem. Why do I say that? Elf tits. That is all.

    And it’s sad that the interaction with the opposite gender is often limited to looking at boobs, but interacting with women in a romantic way is ‘gay’ because it makes them feel awkward. That describes so many gamers, right there.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. TheWulf

    @11

    You people keep making me want to say things.

    Let’s be sensible here for a moment, okay? There was at least one part of Heavy Rain that felt like a cheap porno. And it was sad that it was focused entirely around the only lady you could play as. Fahrenheit didn’t have this problem, but Heavy Rain did. Why do I take issue with this?

    Note the text above. The stuff in Heavy Rain was meant to appeal to the “sex without feelings” crowd I mentioned above. They like looking, but the moment they have to interact with a woman, they feel awkward. So there was a scene meant to appeal to those people in Heavy Rain, and only those people, it was meant to appease sexually immature people.

    Yet if you’d had to interact emotionally with that character, then people would have flipped a shit. What I’m getting at here is that I can see the angle they’re coming from. Heavy Rain for adults would be a game which has both genders in sexual situations, where you have to interact with both genders emotionally, too. That’s what I’d see an adult version of Heavy Rain being about. Rather than just a looky-looky strip tease for awkward straight males.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. YoungZer0

    @18:

    “Why do I say that? Elf tits. That is all.”

    I don’t get it, care to explain?

    #20 1 year ago
  21. rusty_shackleford

    for all the AAA, mainstream, super violent, angry, killing spree games out there, ONE good AAA sex title seems LONG overdue. Why is killing 1000s of CGI people in the most horrific ways possible OKAY in a game, but not a little TnA? I can’t wait for this game, porn has always pushed technology, this could be what makes the oculus take off.

    #21 1 year ago

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