Finally! A Playboy MMO!!! ... Why?

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by Khan FurSainty, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. Khan FurSainty

    Khan FurSainty Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Apr 23, 2009

    Dubbed Playboy Manager, the latest game to be based on the magazine will be a massively multiplayer model management game where players have to endeavor to get their models labeled as Playmate, complete with a room in the mansion.

    Jolt Online Gaming will be making the game free too, as well as completely browser-based, so will presumably be financing the game through adverts and/or microtransactions - though the official site, which is currently taking pre-registrations, doesn't hint which.

    Interestingly, Playboy Manager looks to be an utterly turn-based type of game too, with gameplay involving a trading-card style system if early reports are to be believed. More interestingly, there'll be pictures of your models and their photoshoots too. So, yay for those of you who need to legitimize your adult surfing habits by wrapping it around a game.

    I will repeat. Why?
  2. sea

    sea Vault Senior Citizen

    Oct 5, 2009
    Because Playboy is desperate to continue to remain relevant in the digital age; an old man wishes to ensure his legacy will live on after his death.

    Because the game will be cheaply produced and will likely make a small profit even if it has a low number of players/subscribers.

    Because Playboy want to adapt to new market trends and appease a new generation of customers who are used to interacting with media differently.

    Because presumably sales on earlier Playboy games were decent enough to warrant another project.

    Because it boosts brand recognition and serves as a way to sell additional Playboy products, and as an advertising space for third parties.

    Basically, the same reason anyone else makes a game. Of course, some games are doomed to failure and obscurity, and are embarrassments to the entire industry.
  3. PainlessDocM

    PainlessDocM Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 5, 2010
    Because porn sells.
  4. alec

    alec White heterosexual male Orderite

    May 21, 2003
    This is so cool. I mean, seriously: turnbased sexplay? They should apply that concept to RL. Men would never cum prematurely again. :D
  5. Dario ff

    Dario ff Where'd That 6th Toe Come From?

    Aug 19, 2008
    You were actually supposed to NOT do sexual references this time. :lol: You must do it when it's obscure. :wink:
  6. Nark

    Nark Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Dec 6, 2008
    Oh god Alec, that made me laugh hard. :lol:
  7. I_eat_supermutants

    I_eat_supermutants Vault Senior Citizen

    Feb 5, 2007
    Unless you fail an endurance skill check and critically fail.
  8. Puokki

    Puokki Where'd That 6th Toe Come From?

    Jun 4, 2008
    But what would the action points decide? How long can you keep on going? How many pushes you can do in single turn? Man, this concept HAS to be turned to FO.
  9. Phil the Nuka-Cola Dude

    Phil the Nuka-Cola Dude Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Jul 9, 2004
    What? Who the fuck buys porn these days?

    If they're able to play an MMO, they've obviously got access to the internet which means they're only a click away from one of the tons of entirely free youtube-like porn sites out there with enough content to last a lifetime.

    Playboy is dying. Some sad MMO isn't gonna save them.
  10. PainlessDocM

    PainlessDocM Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 5, 2010
    You are joking right? Playboy and other 'written' magazines may have had their best time. But the porn business as a whole is more profitable now then it ever was.
  11. Phil the Nuka-Cola Dude

    Phil the Nuka-Cola Dude Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Jul 9, 2004
    That still doesn't answer the question of who's buying it. There's no longer a need to hit up some shady XXX video store when you can find literally anything for free online from the privacy of your own home.

    So besides computer illiterate baby boomers, who is buying all of this porn?
  12. SkuLL

    SkuLL Chad McRealman Orderite

    Sep 6, 2009
    I'd imagine a lot of people still pay for porn online, via massive daily-update websites offering a range of HD videos, or still buying porn DVDs online.

    I find the numbers a bit staggering, considering how much material is freely available online, but the market wants what it wants.

    Seriously doubt this MMO will make a lot of revenue, besides the few sales it will make after its reviewed in magazines like FHM. People have been trying to make porn games since forever, but never really succeeded commercially.
  13. sea

    sea Vault Senior Citizen

    Oct 5, 2009
    The porn industry by and large makes its money on advertising and subscriptions - typically people get some free stuff, but to get the "full set", more frequent updates or higher quality/longer videos will cost you. There are plenty of quasi-legal places to get around this, of course, but not everyone knows about this, cares to know, or wants to put up with shitty streaming video. End users may not want to deal with the ads, or the malware that come with the free porn territory. In fact, very often the only sites that aren't full of banners and viruses are the studios' own.

    Porn sites also cater to specific niches, and it's much easier to find a site you like, pay a bit and stick with it rather than hunt around for torrents. Functionally, yes, there is more porn out there than ever before, and you'd never run out even if you sifted through it 24/7, but many people have very particular tastes that only a certain site is able to satiate. For example, Suicide Girls is hardly the only goth/geek porn site around, but they have a certain image (much like Playboy) which is carefully manicured, to the point where they have a very devoted following. Whether this is healthy, of course, is questionable, as it arguably creates a reliance upon fantasy that may result in less fulfilling real-life experiences.

    But yeah, I mean, when you get right down to it, what's so awful about a Playboy MMO from a purely economic standpoint? It's more expensive to create and maintain than a film, but it's also got much greater legs, it adds an alternate revenue stream and space to sell even more products, and I'm sure there are plenty of people who want to live out their sexual fantasies in virtual form.
  14. Phil the Nuka-Cola Dude

    Phil the Nuka-Cola Dude Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Jul 9, 2004
    I'm not talking about torrents, I'm talking hugely popular legit sites that offer tons of content in every variety (It's just as easy to find your niche on the free sites as it is to find a specialty site) for free and are updated daily. No downloading of crazy apps or malware involved.

    The purchasing of porn this day and age (especially physical media) just seems like complete overkill to me. Like buying a $4000 enthusiast level gaming PC when all you use it for is checking your email, or getting a several thousand dollar entertainment system setup complete with 3D television when the only time you turn it on is to see the daily forecast on your way to work.

    I could see it back in the day of 56k, where pictures or tiny clips of ultra-low quality video were all you could get for free (legally), but this is the age of broadband. High quality streams are only a click away.

    Lastly: Do you really need several hours of DVD quality material to beat your dick to? I'm sure there are those that will happily throw their money at whatever tickles their pickle, with zero regard for value; but I just can't wrap my brain around that type of person being the mainstream porn consumer out there.
  15. sea

    sea Vault Senior Citizen

    Oct 5, 2009
    I'm not aware of these, but the vast majority of these porn hubs I've seen (RedTube, etc.) are typically filled with ads of a dubious nature. They certainly do not strike me as safe and reputable places to spend my time. However, I haven't been thirteen for a long time, so I'm hardly the porn fiend that I used to be, and barely even look at the stuff anymore. It's certainly possible that there are other sites which offer much better service. However, in those cases I would suspect that a lot of this content is paid for in some form or other, whether that's optional subscriptions for faster downloads, or no banner ads, or whatever. For example, if you look at MegaUpload, yes, it's totally usable, and yes, there are alternatives, but people spend money on it anyway, because they believe it offers them superior service for the dollars they pay; and frankly, I can't disagree. Whether it's worth it to you or to me, on the other hand, is a different story entirely.

    You'd be surprised how many people have hundreds of gigabytes of porn saved on their computers. People love to save porn to their computers, either because they have things they enjoy specifically and don't want to lose it, or just out of compulsion. I know that during my teen years, I had large porn archives on my computer, and I barely even looked at it - but I still had a desire to go out and download more anyway. The silliness of it all hit me once I was around seventeen or so, and kicked the habit, but I have a feeling a lot of people do the same thing well into their adult lives. If nothing else, it gives them a sense of acquisition, power and control to amass vast hoards of smut.

    I'm pretty certain you have just uncovered the secret to the success of Apple Inc.
  16. Lexx

    Lexx Background Radiant
    Moderator Modder

    Apr 24, 2005
    Playboy mmo .... sounds like second life. There are islands in this game....