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Players who pay a monthly fee for VIP membership can have virtual intercourse with other players or NPCs of either gender by going into private areas like bedrooms, a backroom in a night club or a BDSM dungeon. Sex is displayed in detail. Avatars strip down and then players begin selecting positions from a menu. At the end, a player can click on the "cum" button to orgasm.
"Typically, what we find is people are drawn into the site because ... they can engage in real, hardcore adult activities," says Brian Shuster, who runs Red Light Center and its parent site, Utherverse.com, from Vancouver with a staff of 50. "Within a few days, they stay around because they actually make friends. They develop bonds. They find that it's a very socializing experience." Many users have virtual weddings with their Red Light Center avatars, and some have taken their vows in the real world, too.
Along with his late partner, Shuster came up with the idea six years ago after he began playing MMORPGs. Having started out running online advertising, hosting and adult entertainment businesses the move was natural to Shuster, who says his ultimate goal is to build a 3-D way to browse the internet. He says two million users from around the globe have registered with the site, and he expects that number to grow to eight million by next year.
"We're not really a pornographic videogame," he says. "From our perspective, we are a real representation of life, and life includes a whole range of things, but one of the very important things that it includes is when a relationship gets to the point when you want to take it to the next level as a physical component. And we would be remiss, I mean we just wouldn't be a proper emulation of life . . . if we didn't permit and if we didn't really encourage and spend a lot of attention on what is a hugely important part of real relationships.
"That's not pornography," Shuster says. "That's life."
For Catherine Salmon, the idea of pornography generated by a computer or based on fictional characters isn't really different from other kinds of pornography.
"I mean, obviously you're not going to have a relationship with the woman," she says, " but it's a sort of fantasy and a sexual arousal that comes from looking at the images or imagining them doing certain things that is rewarding in terms of arousal and interest for males. The guy who watches the Jenna Jameson porno movie isn't going to have sex with her, either."
In turkey terms, just because his partner doesn't really exist doesn't stop him from doing something that feels good and comes naturally. Whether that makes the male turkey a bird to be ridiculed or emulated is up to individuals to decide. Perhaps the most important question for humans, though, is one that Salmon asks and answers:
"Do I think a guy is going to turn down sex with a real girl to have sex with a videogame girl? I think probably not."
After researching this article, Chris LaVigne will never be able to look at Princess Peach the same way again.