Smaz started by stripping down a female ninja avatar he had created for Unreal Tournament at a friend's request. When the nude modding site he frequented closed down last year, Smaz stopped working on nude patches. They were taking up too much of his time.
"For a single mod like Oni or Painkiller, I needed two hours. Bigger mods like Dungeon Siege or SWAT 4 needed three weeks to complete," he says in an email interview. Some games require fan-made tools to extract textures from the game's data, which Smaz says is often harder than creating the textures themselves.
"Nude modding is a challenge for me, nothing else," he says, adding he's not trying to get a sexual reaction. "I need both hands to play the games."
Sex Station 7 is a first-person shooter that tasks the player with liberating a colony of captured and mostly naked genetically engineered females. It was made by Los Angeles-based developer SomaVision, which has recently started creating adult games based in traditional genres to go along with their line of online sex simulators like 3D Plaything and SomaDoll.
"When you tell people what you do for a profession, most don't even believe you," says Public Relations Director Mike Huxley.
Formed in 1998 by Richard Hastings, a member of the art team for the first Medal of Honor game, SomaVision's latest title, Digamour, weds RPG concepts like character customization and item upgrades to a story where players earn money in a futuristic environment to unlock new sexual positions for their avatar.
With revenue improving every year, Huxley says business at SomaVision is great. Players are mostly males aged 18 to 28 who play videogames and already enjoy sexual entertainment like hentai. He says the limits of traditional pornography are why he thinks people turn to adult gaming. "It's the same reason why people would prefer to play a videogame rather than go to a movie. By being interactive and by being involved, they feel like they have an added level of control over the action, over the events that are occurring. ... They're wanting to go beyond a passive, voyeuristic experience."
SomaVision's game engine can accommodate the Wii's motion controls, and they've talked to Microsoft about distributing games through Xbox Live, but so far Huxley says the company hasn't had any luck getting past console manufacturers' "restrictive" rules. For the future, SomaVision are in talks with a manufacturer to incorporate sex toys with USB interfaces into their games.
Interactive pornography has also entered the world of MMOGs with Red Light Center, a 3-D adult social-networking world. Full of nightclubs, X-rated theaters and adult boutiques, the game is a hybrid of Second Life, MySpace and an online dating service. Users customize their avatars, then wander through an environment based on Amsterdam's famous red light district to meet other players. Players can access web profiles for users by clicking on their avatars. You can chat, dance or shop. And you can have sex.