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Porn superstar Jenna Jameson may have retired from the adult entertainment industry this January, but Jenna fans neednt worry: her virtual likeness will still be getting it on via an online videogame for years to come.
Billing itself as the hottest adult animated 3D virtual sex simulator featuring Jenna Jameson, Virtually Jenna may well live up to its amusingly specific claim. Created by Austrian development team Xstream3D, the game allows players to position a computer-generated Jameson and her pixilated playmates in various sexual scenarios, then watch them go at it. Players can also place Jenna in outrageous outfits and situationse.g. wearing a nineteenth century opera gown while floating on a cloudand use equally outrageous objects to explore her body. In one potential scenario, an invisible hand masturbates Jenna with a piece of corn while a dismembered penis squirts her with digital cum. And thats a pretty tame afternoon for this subscription-based beauty.
According to Brad Abram, Xstream3Ds North American marketing and business representative, PC-only Virtually Jenna has been in ongoing development for the last five years. In fact, it wont be officially finished until 2010despite opening its doors to the paying public in 2005. Add in a two-million-dollar budget, says Abram, and that explains why his game looks better than any other sex sim on the market. It also explains why, for their $29.99 a month, players get regular updates supplementing the games simple, self-proclaimed goal of making girls suck and fuck hard and wild.
Speaking over the phone from his office in Canada, Abram guesses the single biggest addition to Virtually Jenna has been the ability to film pornographic machinimain-game movies subscribers will soon be able to share amongst themselves. Smaller updates have included threesomes, story mode, and fresh-faced playmates whove been crafted from portraits of real people. We can take a picture of say Britney Spears and Paris Hilton and merge them together to become a hybrid that has those traits subliminally attract people, Abram says. These additions join Virtually Jennas already wide array of poking possibilities, including a self-explanatory (if jaw-droppingly stretchy) Pimp My Pussy mode.
Though Jameson didnt have a creative hand in the game, she did work with Abrams team on the original voice-overs, and she sat for photography they later used to construct her online body. The work we do is very specialized, says Abram. Its not as if we can go an animation library and get the tools we needOh, we want doggy style, and the anal penetration too, pleaseso working with real-life models like Jameson has been crucial. Abram recalls how he gave Jameson a thank you gift after the photoshoot: a whisky bottle shaped like a dildo. She really liked it, he laughs, and the whiskey was actually pretty good.
Himself a newcomer to the world of adult entertainment, Abram joined Virtually Jenna three years ago after leaving a career selling development tools to video game makers. As for the game, Abram explains its own unlikely history. Some people were working on this flight simulator game, but its contract got cancelled So there was this great engine and nothing to do with it. And somebody sitting around a table said, Why dont we turn it into a sex-game engine? It was sort of as a joke, but people starting thinking about it, and they were like, Huh, nobody else is doing that. Xstream3Ds foray into sex simulations actually reaches a lot farther than the plastic porn world of Jenna Jameson. The development team actually runs five other games with the same engine that use different skins to change the appearances of their characters. 3DVixens, which Abram considers the flagship, offers the girl next door experience with less glamorous but more realistic models. Theres also Hustler3D, the straight and gay versions of Sex Villa, and Hentai3D. Each appeals to slightly different players, Abram explains. In total, all six games net around 100,000 regular subscribers.
Starting with 3DVixens, Abram says his team is moving away from the straight up sex sim and toward the model of a virtual girlfriend. He explains, Were building up the artificial intelligence to behave more as if you were in a relationship. That takes a lot of time to cover all the possibilities, so we decided to start by saying, What if it were like a virtual pet? You have to create them and dress them and groom them just as you would in a relationship and they have certain behaviors that are maybe annoying and as you go back and forth with them they become naughty or they become nice The whole goal is to have sex. Hear that? Jenna Jameson could be your girlfriend.
And what about the porn stars recent retirement? Abram says its made little difference to the game. Only people who are in the know know that shes retired. For the general masses its irrelevant. Besides, we kind of keep her evergreen. She can go on forever in our world.