WINDERMERE, Fla. - Somavision has released "Pink Tropics," a new online 3-D video game starring a virtual reality version of New Sensations contract girl Ashlynn Brooke.
The game allows players near-unlimited sexual interaction with Ashlynn's avatar. Previous Somavision titles such as "Digamour," "3DPlaything," "Somadoll," and "Sex Station 7" targeted the adult gamer market.
"Our goal always has been and will continue to be to combine the leading technology with great game play in a manner appealing to the subject," lead designer Mike Huxley said. "We got a lot of great feedback from our last title, 'Digamour.' So we improved upon that base to create a great new experience that will appeal to casual sex gamers as well as hardcore ones.
"But make no mistake about it, with the addition of Ashlynn Brooke as an in game character, this one remains hardcore for the sex".
Pink Tropics has also partnered with The Pinko, a top-selling interactive sex toy, to create a unique game play experience.
"We're really excited to partner with the team at The Pinko," said Somavision CFO Travis Mitchell. "It creates a unique opportunity to interact with our game and feel it will add immeasurably to the overall experience."
The game installs on windows-paced PCs. Check it out at PinkTropics.com.
Meanwhile, Amazon has joined eBay in banning the sale of "misogynistic and violent" adult video games.
The site GotGame reports that "H-games," also known as eroge, which is short for erotic games, are no longer sold on Amazon.
Among the banned programs is a Japanese game called "RapeLay," in which the player stalks and rapes women. If one of the rape victims becomes pregnant, the player must force her to have a abortion. In one scenario, the player takes on the role of a criminal who rapes a mother and her two teenage daughters, reports Britain's The Register.
The same Japanese game company, Illusion Studio, also created the title "Battle Raper" and claims its games are designed only for the market in Japan, though some Amazon marketplace sellers offered "RapeLay" in the U.S.
The site MobyGames.com blasted the Hentai-styled game, saying, "Everything is very, very sick, very unhealthy in 'RapeLay'. The game is morbid in a bad way. Rape is something for sick, despicable people, and the game made me feel sick. Raping an innocent girl and hearing her screams is not my idea of entertainment. Please note that I really like sex games, particularly those developed by Illusion; I have nothing against hardcore and most shameless stuff. Sex is the best thing in life, and I really love it when it finds its way into video games. Sex is great. Rape is not. It's as simple as that. Don't tell me about the relativity of all morals, or about the need to understand a rapist's soul, or about the fact that the rapist's aunt didn't give him a toy bear when he was three years old, and hence he became a rapist out of social protest; I don't accept this crap. Rape is bad. Period."
A spokesman for Illusion said there's nothing wrong with the game. "We believe there is no problem with the software, which has cleared the domestic ratings of an ethics watchdog body," he told the UK newspaper, The Telegraph.
Defending the removal of the game, Amazon spokeswoman Patty Smith told Australia's The Age, "We determined that we did not want to be selling this particular item."
New York City Councilwoman Christine Quinn called for a ban of the video game, as did British Home Affairs select committee chairman Labour MP Keith Vaz in London. The politicians have applauded the Amazon decision.
eBay allows certain adult items on its main pages, such as pre-1980 Playboy, Playgirl and Penthouse magazines and video games rated Mature, but most other such items are relegated to the Adult Only category, previously called Mature Audiences.