Sony Couldn't Handle EyeToy Kama Sutra

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Sony Couldn't Handle EyeToy Kama Sutra

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Sony was in no position to fund a racy PS2 pitch.

The Kama Sutra is a work of inestimable literary and cultural value. Since being written over 2000 years ago, it has shed light on living a virtuous life, acquiring material wealth, and observing practical spirituality for hundreds of generations of Hindus before spreading around the world. However, you're probably not interested in all that, because it also describes 64 distinct sex acts in graphic detail. During the era of the EyeToy, a marginally useful camera PS2 add-on, Sony had to say no to a very creative pitch to transform this ancient text into what would undoubtedly have been one of the sexiest games ever made (and you thought Dante's Inferno was a weird adaptation!).

"Seriously, this was a genuine pitch," says Sony Computer Entertainment executive producer Pete Smith of the proposed EyeToy Kama Sutra. "So, the guy is going to me, 'it's like, so there's an outline on the screen with the EyeToy ...' I'm like, I get it, yeah." Smith turned down the pitch because, aside from questions of taste, there would be no practical way to perform QA or market the finished product. Still, the product has been on Smith's mind ever since, and perhaps, in hindsight, not as impossible as he initially thought. "In one sense I think, god, I wish it would have been done. We could have maybe got some celebrity endorsements and stuff like that."

Even though Smith turned down the eager developer, he was happy to hear a pitch with genuine excitement behind it. "What I just find strange is, sometimes you get these pitches and you think, this is just bonkers. But the developers absolutely believe in it, which is great. I'd much rather that than they come along halfhearted." While EyeToy Kama Sutra never saw the light of day, Smith still tries to see the positive side of turning down creative pitches. "[You] have to be willing sometimes to admit defeat, because otherwise it's not a risk ... But if you're going to fail, fail fast and cheap."

For the rest of us, the Kama Sutra is available in the public domain online and at just about every bookstore and library in the Western world. Reading the book is not as interactive as playing a game, but we've heard that it has a pretty compelling cooperative mode.

Source: Eurogamer

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Marshall Honorof:

For the rest of us, the Kama Sutra is available in the public domain online and at just about every bookstore and library in the Western world. Reading the book is not as interactive as playing a game, but we've heard that it has a pretty compelling cooperative mode.

Oh you!

I wish they would have made this, the backlash from "concerned mothers" groups and people like that would have been awesome.

Now THAT would have been a good use for motion controls!

"Sony Couldn't Handle EyeToy Kama Sutra"

You serious? the headline should be "Sony Avoids Severe Media Backlash by NOT Making Sex Position Sim"

That idea literately REEKS of trouble on consoles!
Remember that "Hot Coffee" mini game anyone?

I see a Kinect freeware future for this. Or maybe a Wii one. Seems like the balance board would get some use again. Improve your form, and your score!

Marshall Honorof:
Smith turned down the pitch because, aside from questions of taste, there would be no practical way to perform QA or market the finished product.

And that is how the best "Tales from the Trenches" article ever went unwritten.

FantomOmega:
"Sony Couldn't Handle EyeToy Kama Sutra"

You serious? the headline should be "Sony Avoids Severe Media Backlash by NOT Making Sex Position Sim"

That idea literately REEKS of trouble on consoles!
Remember that "Hot Coffee" mini game anyone?

The hot coffee mod was only an issue because it made use of on-disc resources that would have put GTAIII in an AO rating had the ESRB known about them. There are plenty of games already rated AO, but most of them are crap. No uproar is made about any of those because they aren't carried by family oriented retailers like Walmart. This would have been the same.

Marshall Honorof:

For the rest of us, the Kama Sutra is available in the public domain online and at just about every bookstore and library in the Western world. Reading the book is not as interactive as playing a game, but we've heard that it has a pretty compelling cooperative mode.

Meh, I don't know. The last time I played one of these games I took a major beating in the dungeons.

Scars Unseen:
The hot coffee mod was only an issue because it made use of on-disc resources that would have put GTAIII in an AO rating had the ESRB known about them. There are plenty of games already rated AO, but most of them are crap. No uproar is made about any of those because they aren't carried by family oriented retailers like Walmart. This would have been the same.

The butthurt from "protective" North American mothers would have still been there, trust me. Blow people up, spill their guts out, crush skulls under your virtual car's tires, just don't show a titty!

Tamrin:
Meh, I don't know. The last time I played one of these games I took a major beating in the dungeons.

I see what you did there...

Slayer_2:

Scars Unseen:
The hot coffee mod was only an issue because it made use of on-disc resources that would have put GTAIII in an AO rating had the ESRB known about them. There are plenty of games already rated AO, but most of them are crap. No uproar is made about any of those because they aren't carried by family oriented retailers like Walmart. This would have been the same.

The butthurt from "protective" North American mothers would have still been there, trust me. Blow people up, spill their guts out, crush skulls under your virtual car's tires, just don't show a titty!

I really, really doubt it. I mean seriously, take a look at this list. The only one of those I recall there being any outrage about was Manhunt, due to - drumroll please - excessive violence. The sex related ones went completely beneath the radar of the "think of the children" group because the games had no public visibility. This would have been the same deal.

Scars Unseen:

Slayer_2:

Scars Unseen:
The hot coffee mod was only an issue because it made use of on-disc resources that would have put GTAIII in an AO rating had the ESRB known about them. There are plenty of games already rated AO, but most of them are crap. No uproar is made about any of those because they aren't carried by family oriented retailers like Walmart. This would have been the same.

The butthurt from "protective" North American mothers would have still been there, trust me. Blow people up, spill their guts out, crush skulls under your virtual car's tires, just don't show a titty!

I really, really doubt it. I mean seriously, take a look at this list. The only one of those I recall there being any outrage about was Manhunt, due to - drumroll please - excessive violence. The sex related ones went completely beneath the radar of the "think of the children" group because the games had no public visibility. This would have been the same deal.

How old are most of those games? Probably so old that gaming wasn't a common hobby, especially for little kids (unlike nowadays). Most American parents are fine with virtual violence, but fear virtual sex like no other.

and thus further supporting the stereotype that people who play video games can't get laid.

Tamrin:

Marshall Honorof:

For the rest of us, the Kama Sutra is available in the public domain online and at just about every bookstore and library in the Western world. Reading the book is not as interactive as playing a game, but we've heard that it has a pretty compelling cooperative mode.

Meh, I don't know. The last time I played one of these games I took a major beating in the dungeons.

You probably need a higher level sword.

so sex on camera for the cameras benefit? I knew the machines would be our overlords one day but this......This is scary!

DVS BSTrD:
Now THAT would have been a good use for motion controls!

I laughed so hard I forgot what day of the week it was.

The EyeToy was amazing, it was a cheap Kinect that was a tonne more reliable, and didn't sue infra red.

yes and let it have always on drm. for... i mean against PIRACY!
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Well, Kama Sutra got a decent multiplayer, but the single player is incredibly boring.

Marshall Honorof:

If you're going to fail, fail fast and cheap."

This is gonna be my quote of the year!

OT: I don't think I would have bought a game like that... Besides I think it would have pissed off a LOT of soccer moms so it's probably for the best.

iseko:

Marshall Honorof:

If you're going to fail, fail fast and cheap."

This is gonna be my quote of the year!

Was he referring to the industry, do you suppose, or to this specific game? :-P

Eh, it'd be better on Kinect anyways. Adds new meaning to "Full Body Fun for Everyone."

So much for getting couples to play more videogames together. Too bad.

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nuff said

People get the wrong idea about the Kama Sutra. Its a book that mainly deals with servitude and the cultural ideas of the time rather than being a 'sex manual'. Its a very culturally interesting book and would surprise many if they actually read it.

Rakor:

nuff said

Mama had a chicken!
Mama had a Cow!
Dad was proud, he didn't care how. (I've always loved that line)

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The cute schoolgirl with the kitty ears is from that dating sim that blew up not too long ago, right? I might need to get that--she's so pwerty <3

mysecondlife:
and thus further supporting the stereotype that people who play video games can't get laid.

Really? I thought quite the opposite - how do you practise the Karma Sutra on your own?

OT:

I wish this came out just to see what the backlash would have been like, since many people still believe game consoles are aimed entirely at ten-year-olds. That and the drinking games, it would make an awesome drinking game.

Yopaz:
Well, Kama Sutra got a decent multiplayer, but the single player is incredibly boring.

LOL
Then you're just doing it wrong.
Keep doing those back stretches.

And this is why 95% of games coming out atm are garbage. You can thank the guy with the quotes about "endorsements" and other BS.

AngloDoom:

mysecondlife:
and thus further supporting the stereotype that people who play video games can't get laid.

Really? I thought quite the opposite - how do you practise the Karma Sutra on your own?

OT:

I wish this came out just to see what the backlash would have been like, since many people still believe game consoles are aimed entirely at ten-year-olds. That and the drinking games, it would make an awesome drinking game.

It was a response to Sony's opting not to release Karma Sutra, not the fact that people wouldn't be able to find others for co-op. I thought it was clear :/

Matthew94:

Marshall Honorof:

For the rest of us, the Kama Sutra is available in the public domain online and at just about every bookstore and library in the Western world. Reading the book is not as interactive as playing a game, but we've heard that it has a pretty compelling cooperative mode.

Oh you!

I wish they would have made this, the backlash from "concerned mothers" groups and people like that would have been awesome.

That would have been worth all the popcorn.

In any case, I think there should be a Kama Sutra /b/ user edition. So... basically, a book on how to masturbate.

Ok, because it begs the question, why the anime girl as the article picture? I mean, I get that Sony is a Japanese company but not all of their porn involves anime.

33 post in an no 'guess we wont see that cumming into our living rooms' innuendos/puns..

[quote="rhizhim" post="7.381682.15042643"]33 post in an no 'guess we wont see that cumming into our living rooms' innuendos/puns..[/quote

Cumm on now, can't we be more mature about this?
Let us erect a monument of maturity in this thread and shower others in our wisdom.

Sorry, that was in bad taste and I do apologize.

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