Is Online Gaming Killing Porn?

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Is Online Gaming Killing Porn?

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Long considered the only unassailable video industry, porn for profit is struggling these days - and online games like World of Warcraft may partially be to blame.

There's a wonderful moment at the end of the hilarious puppet-based musical Avenue Q when Trekkie Monster (having earlier proclaimed that "The Internet Is for Porn") declares that in a poor economy, the only stable investment is the adult entertainment industry. And for a while, it seemed as though his words were law - the Internet only helped the rise of porn, one of the most dominant industries in the world.

And yet, its dominance may be fading, if the shrinking floor space at the annual Adult Entertainment Expo in 2010 is any indication. An interesting blog post over at The Daily Beast examines five of the reasons that porn-for-profit may be struggling, based on conversations with those in the biz on the AEE floor.

Four of them are interesting albeit kind of obvious when you think about it: Piracy and YouTube-esque sites for free porn mean that DVD sales are way down, the stigma against porn is largely vanishing which means that more people are trying to get their way into the industry than ever before and guys can set up sites for their girlfriends or partners more easily than ever before.

Video on Demand - where movies are shown for six or seven cents per minute - while long hailed as the possible savior of Hollywood, doesn't quite work for porn, where a person will watch four or five minutes, masturbate, and then turn it off. And finally, increased communication between porn stars and fans means that more and more porn actresses are having sex with said fans for money as alternative ways to make money (and some people must figure, why watch the video when you could get the real thing?).

But that isn't the most intriguing reason on the list - the most intriguing is #4, where Mr. Abowitz points a finger at online games like World of Warcraft for taking people away from their porn. "It is all entertainment that you are getting involved in the same way as porn is entertainment," says industry insider Aiden. "I won't say everyone, but a lot of people in the industry play videogames. The games are competition for porn. Fans jerk off to porn and are done, but you can keep playing a game."

I'm not sure I buy that playing online games - even to the point of addiction - necessitates a drop in time spent watching porn. Perhaps not watching porn DVDs, yes, because an online gamer is already hooked into the 'net, but just because you aren't popping in Back House Honeys 16 doesn't mean you aren't watching porn.

I mean, what else are you going to use all that raid downtime for, huh?

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There is irony, and then there is wonderfull irony.

this article constitutes the latter.

John Funk:
I mean, what else are you going to use all that raid downtime for, huh?

Pro tip: Make sure you're NOT on voice chat while you... play Peggle. :)

Maybe all those World of Warcraft gamers got girlfriends, and no longer need to look at porn. *try saying that with a straight face, I dare you!
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But seriously, I don't find this all too surprising. Video Games have been invading rival entertainment markets for quite some time now: it was just a matter of time before the Porn Industry started taking some hits. But still, video games are #4?

We all the #1 reason the Porn Industry is suffering. It's called Google!

LOL! awesome. Thats just awesome.
Penis: Touch Me.
Person: No i gotta get 1 more level.
Penis: Seriously? just touch me
Person: Almost got that level.
Penis: Okay you got the level turn on the skin flicks and touch me.
Person: I'm going for my epic Mount. GOD YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND ME! I don't need you
Penis: You don't need me?....NOOOOOOO!

Now for a normal person

Penis: Touch Me
Person: Will do.

:) lol.

His other points were a LOT more valid. Blaming videogames? Pff, I was doing it before it was cool.

...

Porn will never die.
Ever.

OOOOH?
"What?"
"You have no idea! Ready normal people?"
"Ready!"
"Ready!"
"Ready!"
"Let me hear it!"
"The internet is for porn, the internet is for porn"

Man I love Avenue Q

Heh. It kinda makes sense.
I find games more interesting anyway. But I'm nonsexual, so that makes sense.
Hell, I hate porn. it is anathema to me. Enemy of my morals.
*goes back to games, such as STO*

ma55ter_fett:
There is irony, and then there is wonderfull irony.

this article constitutes the latter.

It's intoxicating. Is it not???

That's the most ironic thing I've ever heard.

I only Looked at this thread because it Promised "Killing Porn" Now I just feel depressed!

You Faked Rule 34 Funk!

It's not killing porn, it's killing the revenue-earning porn. Subscription-based, online gaming costs a pretty penny, and since the gamers are on the intertubes anyway, they may as well not waste their money on porn when they are a quick google search from it for free.

There's a pretty good point, but I doubt the market is gonna diminish significantly. Yes, sometimes you want to shoot mutants in the face and sometimes you want porn. They're completely different forms of entertainment if you look at it brain-wise. Unless you live in Japan, that is. But games these days have a lot more variety and replay value (I can't believe this term can apply to porn as well) whereas you can only have so many ways of showing people having sex. On the other hand, however much a game can keep your interest, people having sex is inevitably more interesting than shooting mutants in the face. Humans are just like that.

There is only way for the porn industry to recover now.

Porn MMOs

hahaha "industry insider"

Ok, so im immature :P

HardRockSamurai:
Maybe all those World of Warcraft gamers got girlfriends, and no longer need to look at porn. *try saying that with a straight face, I dare you!

I find it hilarious that when i quoted that it had a "small tag". Sorry warcraft gamers, it did make me smirk.

Anyway, I managed to say it! Go me!

On topic. Maybe its because most people have realised that you can get porn for free, or maybe it's because all porn that you can pay for can also be pirated?

LTK_70:
There's a pretty good point, but I doubt the market is gonna diminish significantly. Yes, sometimes you want to shoot mutants in the face and sometimes you want porn. They're completely different forms of entertainment if you look at it brain-wise. Unless you live in Japan, that is. But games these days have a lot more variety and replay value (I can't believe this term can apply to porn as well) whereas you can only have so many ways of showing people having sex. On the other hand, however much a game can keep your interest, people having sex is inevitably more interesting than shooting mutants in the face. Humans are just like that.

got to agree with ya. Besides games like WoW will one day become very old and boring. I play WoW and I know someday it will come to an end. The concept of porn has been around for several several decades.

It is kinda true. When you're gaming, i mean really gaming, you're thinking about doing the quest, killing the boss, taking the flag,... You're busy. Whereas porn is more something for when you're bored. But if you do feel uh, the urge, during a game, you'll most likely pause or alt-tab at the earliest possible and act upon it.

If there were no books, no tv, no games, no boardgames, no cardgames, nothing, only porn to keep you busy in your free time then yes, they would make more money i think.

Lol the WoW players are looking at this and thinking ah who needs porn when we have Night Elfs.

The internet is definitely at fault but games, not so much. Its probably due to free porn. It is so freaking easy to get infinite free porn that there's no point in paying for it. If porn wants to make more money they should pull copyright on sites that post their porn for free.

Porn is a dinosaur of boxed media, they are going to have make renting online less than 5$ a daily view and subscriptions less than 50 a year...some of the sites I have checked out want 10$-30$ for a rent or downloand and some want 30-70$ a month........no wonder porn is hurting.......

I can't say WoW would win in a fight between it and porn if I was judging.

Free porn though.

I like how the article glazed over the actual cause in favor of being relevant to this site.

As hilariously insipid claims of "piracy is killing movies/games" always are, its actually true for pornography. Between porn shops being the most disgusting places in the universe, their entire (non buttplug, non dildo, etc) inventory being available free online, and the "homemade" and "amateur" brands of pornography utterly dwarfing retail pornography in download stats, its common sense that porn is dying as an industry.

Hell, if you even admit to paying for porn on the internet, you're mocked.

But that middle bit would be somewhat interesting... if the average mainstream porn star wasn't utterly disgusting.

The article also skimmed over a fair comparison. World of Warcraft is pornography. Its simple strings of gratification (that're almost as powerful as the average orgasm to the chronic masturbater) in exchange for less effort (and downtime) than masturbating.

snowman6251:
The internet is definitely at fault but games, not so much. Its probably due to free porn. It is so freaking easy to get infinite free porn that there's no point in paying for it. If porn wants to make more money they should pull copyright on sites that post their porn for free.

Alot of it is not even that its ad sites that share rev with them, with all the 1min previews all over the place who needs to buy the whole thing.

Skarin:
There is only way for the porn industry to recover now.

Porn MMOs

There actually is a Porn MMO. You play as a person looking to be screwed/do screwing. It's a fetish dream since it incorporates many ways to have sex. How do I know this? Google.

there was a thread about this weeks ago... let me find what i said back then...

garjian:
i'd hate to be one of these people that needs some kind of material to masterbate... porn is so boring...
and yes, i'd say even WoW is more fun than watching people have sex over and over...

perhaps my lack of voyeurism is strange, but i just dont see the appeal... and when it comes to a word as broad as fun... well... being challenged is fun, wether it be arguing with a 12 year old about PvP gear... or arguing with a 12 year old about PvE gear... or arguing with a 12 year old about raid gear... or even arguing with a 12 year old about talent builds... and thats not really even challenging... but you get the picture...

LordOfInsanity:

Skarin:
There is only way for the porn industry to recover now.

Porn MMOs

There actually is a Porn MMO. You play as a person looking to be screwed/do screwing. It's a fetish dream since it incorporates many ways to have sex. How do I know this? Google.

that sounds much fun... whats that called?

Skarin:
There is only way for the porn industry to recover now.

Porn MMOs

I swear to you I once saw a pop-up add for a MMO porn game. I don't know how true it was though, I didn't click it because I was afraid of viruses.

Porn for profit is doomed. Mainly because it's an outdated idea. Plus does anyone even really watch those porn DVD's past the first 10 or so minutes?

Porn is one of those things that used to be hard (no pun intended) to find and look at. Nowadays, however, it's just a click or two away and it's gotten to the point where there's hardly any shame in it anymore because everyone finally admitted that, yes, I watch porn.

But because it's so easy to find a clip online for free it makes no sense for people to pay any amount of money per month to see 30 minutes of bad fucking.

then those lazy ass bitches better make playable porn that you can keep coming back to :O
and more WoW themed porn with a plot, so it's both sexy and compelling.

Skarin:
There is only way for the porn industry to recover now.

Porn MMOs

'nuff said

Porn needs to duck behind a wall to shake the blood off and regenerate. Then maybe go do a couple of unranked matches to stop sucking, practice its aiming and just harden up. It should come later and maybe it wouldn't be in such a cock-up. Blowing its mouth against the guy owning it isn't going to raise its self-esteem.

Bunch of pussies.

You could always put adds on the porn that's being shown on the "free websites". Add revenew for the win?

User 'vladtheimpaler' ended the argument over here with the following comment:

All porn needs is more blood elves. That is all.

The title outlines a minor part of the article, but hell, it got my attention much more than something like "Free porn weakens the industry" would have.

LordOfInsanity:

There actually is a Porn MMO...How do I know this? Google.

If you say so, man...

John Funk:

Long considered the only unassailable video industry, porn for profit is struggling these days - and online games like World of Warcraft may partially be to blame.

Some might say that the Tauren/Dark Elf factions are just creating their own niche market.

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