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“One of the huge benefits is safety,” says Brenda Brathwaite, a veteran video game developer (whose credits include Playboy: The Mansion) and author of Sex in Video Games.
In addition to STD-free interactions, Brathwaite says virtual worlds offer users the ability to explore sexuality in an anonymous environment.
“Would you consider this cheating if I were playing this game? “But we can talk about it more over dinner.” And with that we’re back in the “real” world, leaving a vast population in the virtual universe to chat and caress their way into the night.
” I ask, pointing to the trailer on the home page, where Jameson’s digital image appears to be competing in some kind of timed, multi-partner sex decathlon.
“Just install the software,” says Sinulate’s web site, “plug in your Interactive Fleshlight, and pick a partner!
” Kyle Machulis, operator of slashdong.org, a Web site about the combination of sex and technology and a self-described “tinkerer/hacker/pioneer/visionary in the realm of sex technology,” is a major proponent of open-source teledildonics.Operating system: Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 CPU: Pentium 4, Athlon XP 2.0 GHz, Intel® Core™ Duo 1.66 GHz or faster Memory:1 GB or more Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 9550, Nvidia Ge Force FX 5200, Mobile Intel® 945GM or better, Shader model 2.0 Hard Disk:3 GB or more of free HD space Internet connection speed: Cable or DSL (broadband) Mac: Twinity has been tested under Boot Camp and Parallels on various Mac systems and has worked without any particular problems.Linux: Some Twinity members have attempted to run Twinity on Linux under Wine with various degrees of success.This is a little unfair, I realize, this testing of my spouse’s reactions to my exploration of Internet sex, all in the name of journalism. Kids Com has kids games, chat rooms for kids, a virtual world, virtual pets, dress-up games and more.“There’s no safer place to meet,” she says, “than in a virtual world.” The Internet can also be a boon for busy adults, Brathwaite says, allowing people to have social and romantic encounters online that they simply don’t have time for in conventional space.