Sex Party – Computer Games and Erotic Novels Boost Adult Retailing

Computer Games and Erotic Novels Boost Adult Retailing
Coming hard on the heels of the success of 50 Shades of Grey, the new Guidelines for R18+ computer games have been welcomed by Australia’s adult retailers as a major extension of the product range previously available to adult shops. The erotic novel, 50 Shades of Grey, as well as the accessories that it promoted, was selling as well in adult shops as it was in Borders and K Mart.
Eros Association CEO, Fiona Patten, said that the new Guidelines for erotic computer games, released today by the Minister for Justice, Jason Clare, will allow high level depictions of sexual activity as long as they are simulated and not real. “The vast majority of computer games are simulated and do not use ‘real’ or ‘actual’ footage from films or still images but the levels of fantasy and imagination are often way above what would normally be in an X rated film”, she said. “Even though the new Guidelines prohibit simulated sex scenes that are ‘explicit and realistic’ this area will have more than 50 shades of grey to it.”
The Apple dictionary definitions of ‘simulated’ are ‘reproduced by simulation’ and ‘not genuine’. Synonyms include ‘replicated’, ‘pretend’, ‘virtual’, ‘cyber-‘ and ‘computer-generated’. These definitions all clearly define the new R18+ computer games guidelines.
“If ‘simulated’ depictions of high level sexual activity are soon to be legal in computer games, the government should consider amalgamating the two upper adult categories of R and X”, she said. “Simulated sexual depictions of penetrative intercourse are extremely real these days and with the use of enhanced CGI, Fractal Geometry and other simulated design programs, the differences between R and X will be merely academic and of little consequence to the majority of users of the two categories.”
She said that in the online environment, the difference between R and X ratings meant nothing. She called on the Minister to adopt the recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission which were to recognise one platform for the classification of all content.
“Already adult actors are making their own erotic computer games to go alongside their films. It is completely insane to require that the simulated depiction be rated differently from the real one when they will look almost identical”.
Fiona Patten: 0413 734 613

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