Apr 292008
 

I swear this involves porn so bear with me.

I’ve been a video gamer since I was about 7. I think the first game I ever played was Pac-Man at a bowling alley. The balls were too big for me to lug but I could move a joystick. See? We’re talking dirty already.

As I grew older, I kept playing video games. I had an Atari. I had a Nintendo. I sunk hundreds of dollars into Street Fighter II. I shot zombies on my Playstation and saved battled Ninja babes on my X-Box. I spent hours playing a city manager and a movie mogul on my pc. When my birthday rolls around, I alway know what video game is on my wish list.

I am a lifelong gamer but yet the mainstream gaming industry doesn’t give a fuck about me.

See, the most popular kind of game right now is either first person shooters or real time strategy games. These are games that rely on reflexes and constant action. I tried to keep up but the fact is that I am thirty-five and I am not as fast anymore. Games are now so reflex based that I lose often and get frustrated. I also don’t care. My happiest gaming memories involve decisions I have made or stories I have uncovered. Games today are about killing and conquering. I’ve grown up and games have not. My game purchasing the last few years have dwindled and lately I didn’t buy the next generation of console games like I usually do.

The reason the gaming industry left me behind was out of money. The twenty-something market drives game sales. Game studios look at the sheer millions that World of Warcraft makes and they want to make millions too. So game companies invest money into games that look awesome but cater to a young twitchy mindset. The development time is also insane as they make these games that they literally bet their existence on. Publishers are not interested in making a quirky neat game that some people love; they need to create the must-play super fabulous game your nephew loves and will badger his friends into playing too.

The good news is that while large game companies are busy making the equivalent of shallow summer blockbuster movies, smaller game studios are busy making the quality independent films that are worth watching. These tiny game companies sell their product online to a small targeted audience. Many of the games are inspired by classic game models you loved to play but companies have given up on.

Did you love X-Com? Well now you have Laser Squad Nemesis. Did you love Zork? Now there are entire websites dedicated to hosting text adventures. Miss Wing Commander? You have to try Cellblock Squadrons.

The graphics and sounds are rooted in the 90’s but the quality is light years beyond games being made today. They have to be. With no advertising budget, little to no coverage in gaming magazines and an audience that is adult, they have to rely on word of mouth to sell their games.

Porn bloggers can learn a lot from this. The porn that is sold in bookstores is targeted at a different audience than the audience who reads online porn. Porn videos are aimed at an audience who might never click on a Sugasm. Porn that costs money to make needs to appeal to the base lowest common denominator of the paying audience in order to recoup loses.

Porn bloggers have no cost other than time. Porn bloggers should stop emulating the crap that is being sold and produce the work you can only do with risk free creativity. Create your own genre. Create your own porn niche. Use the body types that appeal to you. Use the fetishes you enjoy in the way that you enjoy them. If it is quality, people will read it. If it is not quality, well shit, I bet you still had fun making it.

Stop getting your inspiration from commercial porn and turn to yourself. Stop trying to make your blog look as snazzy as Playboy.com and make it an expression of your own tastes. Quit trying to imitate the sex blogger who got a book deal and forge your own identity.

Porn bloggers are the ultimate independent studio. Be fearless. You have nothing to lose so why make something safe? Do the kind of blog that commercial companies wish they could make.

  2 Responses to “Independent Porn Studio”

  1. Ha! Can you imagine any mainstream porn company wishing they could make the stuff that my brain comes up with?

    Sigh. Porn is wasted in video anyway.

    Miss you!

    -Mad

  2. Here, here!

    (Says the woman who hasn’t written in weeks. *sigh*)

    hugs,

    Eve

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