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Could Your XBox Turn into a "Sex Box"?

8:03 PM, Feb 9, 2011   |    comments
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Best Buy calls it the hottest gaming system on the market.

"Throughout the holidays we couldn't keep them on the shelves. We were sold out constantly," said Robert Wright, a representative with Best Buy.

It's the XBox Kinect, where you don't use any kind of controls or joystick.

Instead, the Kinect is essentially a camera that plugs into the back of the XBox 360 through the system's USB port.

"It looks at your whole body with the movement but it's specific to the game," Robert added.

Sarasota mom Wilma Padin loves her Kinect, because she says it actually brings her three boys together.

"I actually like the Kinect because it gives us a chance to interact a little bit more. They get together and don't argue so it's a plus for me," said Wilma.

Right now there are about 30 games available that range from adventure to dancing to sports. However one company is offering a new kind of game entirely. is now offering 3D sex simulations for the Kinect. The games can be downloaded from

"Well basically, it's a role playing game, a sex simulation, so you create your own avatar character. Right now that was just sort of a hand, but that floating hand will eventually be connected to a body and then the bodies will be able to interact with each other. So you'll be able to cyber, and cyber is a word for virtual sex," said Brad Abram, a V.P. of Business Development with Thrixx.

Brad also added he has no problem with his company offering these types of games. He says just look at all of the violent games for sale and constantly promoted on television.

"We're kind of the mindset too, 'Why is there all this violence in these family entertainment consoles like XBox and PS3 and everything like that?' But it takes sex to get a family, so it's kind of like, 'Huh?'" Abram added.

Microsoft issued this statement about the sex games:

"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...and would not condone this type of game for Kinect."

On the other hand, if you want to play the sex games, it's not exactly simple. The Kinect device needs to be unplugged from the XBox and into a computer, where it then needs to be hacked.

Many XBox experts, like Ryan Malize from Pinellas Computers in Seminole agree, the process of hacking the Kinect is cumbersome.

"The bottom line is it's not going to be a click and load kind of thing. You're going to have to go through some menus, get through some protection methods on there and then you will be able to get the functionality out of it," said Ryan.

However, Ryan does say that a savvy teenager could figure out how to access the games.

"In this day and age, a lot of 15-year-olds know a lot more than some adults, so in that matter they have a lot more time to spend to figure these things out," Malize added.

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