California startup creating first generation of "adult entertainment" for Oculus Rift
The least surprising news story of the week is surely that of the California startup named, aptly enough, Sinful Robot, which is working on the first generation of "highly-immersive, adult virtual reality experiences" for the forthcoming Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
The company has put out a call for 3D programmers, artists and animators to help develop virtual reality games in which, if the company's promotional art is anything to judge by, players will interact solely with implausibly-chested women.
The Oculus Rift smashed its Kickstarter target of US$250,000 in August of this year, reaching $2,437,429 of funding by its September 1 deadline. Backers pledging $275 or more will receive a Rift development kit, which are due to ship in March 2013. A consumer version is targeted for a release later in 2013.
Among others, Sinful Robot is looking for a "3D Character Artist" and a "Senior 3D Character Artist," both of which are required to have "Expert knowledge of creating realistic female models." Those with expert knowledge of creating realistic male models: sorry. Apparently Sinful Robot has its fill of you people.
The Senior Character Animator position, meanwhile, calls for "Expert knowledge of handling & implementing motion capture data."
Reddit user Illusionweaver69, purporting to be Sinful Robot co-founder Jeroen Van den Bosch, suggested that the Oculus Rift offers a new level of immersion.
"I have been waiting for many years for technology to become immersive enough so it trick your brain to accept the virtual reality as reality, but the Rift does really do that," he wrote. "So now we can finally make an erotic adventure game that will actually be exciting!"
Whether "erotic adventure game" turns out to be a euphemism for "crudely-gamified largely unsubtle VR porn" remains to be seen, but the early clues would seem to suggest as much.