An ex-Atari employee has released hundreds, if not thousands of old Vax Mail (read: 1980’s email) messages that show some interesting accounts of the retro gaming company.
Notes on new hardware, bitching about pay and weekends, to staff trying to sell their old stuff – it’s all there. But somewhere in the depths of all those emails there lies the perhaps the first sensible argument for sex in video games.
Virtual Reality is the hip craze. You can drive a car, play tennis, and yes, you can even fly a Pterodactyl. Who cares!!!
Let’s get to the core of the real uses of virtual reality. Let Sega and Namco toil away at those simple fantasy games. What we need is:
Sexual Paranoia is at an all time high…..AIDS, unwanted pregnancy, monogamy, abortion, herpes…the list goes on.
Virtual Sex is the ultimate safe sex. Let’s not wait for everyone to beat us to the punch. Just think, nobody gets hurt, everybody is happy and we make a lot of money!!!!!
P.S. I think we still have a charge number for the Orgasmatron project.
We might even have to form a new department: Atari Stimulation Products
Why was this never a thing?!
Well, it might’ve been the philosophical conversation that followed that quashed the would-be project;
I’ll take your suggestion seriously (whether you meant it that way or not). A few months ago BAYCHI (the local chapter of the Computer Human Interface interest group) did a meeting/lecture on electronic erotica and I brought up the following point.
Consider, what is the major objection to say child pornograpy (before you say it, there is absolutely NO proof of a link between pornography and sex crimes), it is the abuse and corruption of minors (a point with which I agree.) But what happens when that factor is removed? when you allow someone to participate in any fantasy they can conceive in the privacy of their own homes, without involving anyone else. Is it still a crime? wrong? immoral? Do you really believe that it isn’t being worked on already?
Inquiring minds want to know…..
Oh, and what did Atari Management think about installing cubicles? In a word: FEH!;
If you’re planning on being an insomniac, you should check out the email dump at the link below.