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Microsoft Nixes Thrixxx’s Sex Kinect Plans

But the 3D virtual interactive game maker hopes to circumvent plans to block it from the XBox 360 platform

Microsoft Nixes Thrixxx’s Sex Kinect Plans

CYBERSPACE—The sex party poopers at Microsoft have indicated their displeasure with plans being developed by 3D virtual sex game producer Thrixxx to utilize the hands-free gaming system for purposes for which it was not originally intended.

Thrixxx announced last week that it intends to start offering Kinect-enabled hands-on sex play starting in April or May of 2011. The company has two demos on its site that show viewers how the device might be used in its games. Essentially, one would be able to stroke, insert, spank and grope without the hindrance that comes with having to deal with remotes, keyboards or other physical devices. Virtual sex the way it was meant to be experienced.

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Unfortunately, Microsoft, like its archrival Apple, doesn’t believe in platform neutrality, and says that it will block Thrixxx from releasing its Xbox 360 software.

"Xbox is a family-friendly games and entertainment console and does not allow Adults Only (AO) content to be certified for use on its platform, and would not condone this type of game for Kinect," the company said in a statement. "This isn't the first example of a technology being used in ways not intended by its manufacturer, and it won't be the last. Microsoft did not authorize or license its technology for this use."

According to ABCNews, Brad Abram, vice president of business development for Thrixxx, said that options are available to the company if Microsoft sticks to its position.

“Abrams acknowledged that there could be an issue with Microsoft's license agreement but said Thrixxx may be able to work around the problem with another company that provides the core technology for Kinect,” ABCNews reported.

The Kinect platform was hacked shortly after it was released in November, and there is even a website called KinectHacks that covers the many purposes for which it is being used.

“Controlling robots, scanning rooms, playing air guitars with real sound, drawing with physics and much, much more are just some of the things hackers have been able to do in a short amount of time,” a site description reads. “That is what this site is all about.”

If Thrixxx has its way, the Xbox 360 may have to move from the family room to the bedroom.






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Comments

Posted 12/24/2010 by xstrm3d
Brad Abram from thriXXX here! Just want to mention that Microsoft statement was about AO content for xBox specifically. It is still unknown once the Kinect hardware is 'diskinected' (disconnected) from the xBox and reconnected to a PC if their TOS or EULA are still in effect and enforceable? Our current take is it's just a piece of hardware, and as such we are continuing using the Open Source tools out in the community for development as shown in the demo for the intended PC platform we have been targeting all along a point a lot of the press seems to be skipping over! BTW the demo was viewed by more than an estimate 2 million people over the last few days so there is definite interest in this! Anyway our thinking on the Kinect as plain old 'PC hardware peripheral' are, that it would be like Microsoft saying to the world, you can't use a Microsoft branded keyboard or Microsoft branded mouse on a Windows OS based PC, using Internet Explorer to SURF PORN you found using BING search engine! (all of which I am using to post this, well except the BING part... I still prefer google for finding free porn). Try and see Microsoft propose that and enforce a EULA/TOS wit that intent for any usage of Kinect or any Microsoft hardware for whatever purposes! Don’t get us wrong we respect Microsoft's legal mite and maybe they could , but the genie is out of the bottle on all this in regards to fair use and privacy issues etc. So to reiterate "We never intended to be on xBox, never will be!" Well unless Microsoft changes their position and we doubt that will happen anytime soon! So to conclude if they continue to take their 'family friendly' approach, and promote ultra-violent killing games for xBox form mainstream publishers like EA, Sony, Take Two, Activision et. all, that’s their business model, and we will continue down our path based on our model! Sex is not the enemy! Double standards towards morality and violence, virtual murder, as depicted and experienced in today's top selling 'mainstream' games, as played on mainstream gaming consoles while blocking virtual sex between virtual consenting adults is the real enemy! It's the hypocritical stance of most major corporations who derive income from 'entertainment' via the internet. There are so many mainstream corporations whose hardware and software facilitate access to 'adult entertainment' that are part of this issue! There I better stop my RANT now! Hope everyone gets a Kinect this holday gift giving season. Haev a good one! Regards, Brad
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