Grown-up games

By Kim Kyung-Hoon

Sunday Times - - WEEK IN REVIEW -

Taro Kambe peers into a black head­set to check a scene from his first video to make use of vir­tual re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy. ‘I have di­rected hun­dreds of adult videos, but it was my first vir­tual re­al­ity movie,’ said the Tokyo-based film direc­tor. Ja­pan is the world’s sec­ond-big­gest vir­tual re­al­ity mar­ket af­ter the US and the adult en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try and gam­ing sec­tor are turn­ing to VR as a new way to dis­trib­ute con­tent. Vir­tual ro­man­tic li­aisons for men and women were on dis­play this week at the Tokyo Game Show, in­clud­ing one of a mock wed­ding. Volt­age, a de­vel­oper which cre­ates gam­ing apps aimed at women, showed its vir­tual re­al­ity game, Wed­ding VR, in which play­ers don a head­set and tie the knot with an an­i­mated male char­ac­ter.

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