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 FEATURE May 2008 

Video Games: The New (Social) Lubricant

From gameplay to other play

One of the lifestyle's many challenges is the same as any other social activity – getting to know and becoming comfortable with other other people. Add to this the fact that your end goal is often to get them naked and horizontal before the night is over, and the whole process can seem downright daunting.

Over the years, lifestylers have found many ways to facilitate some "bed shaking", such as dancing and alcohol consumption. But as more of us from the "Nintendo Generation" have grown up and entered the lifestyle, another great option has presented itself: the video game.

Hardly just for kids any more (with the average gamer being 35 years old, according to the Entertainment Software Association), today's new gaming consoles provide many fun new ways to warm things up and get people "playing" in the more interactive sense. Even the names of today's gaming consoles seem like they were geared towards swingers...

How'd you like to come back to my "Playstation" so I can put my "Wii" into your "Xbox"?

A few games in particular stand out as being practically designed for lifestyle use.

Nintendo Wii
Numerous articles have been written about the notoriously difficult to acquire Nintendo Wii ($249.99 MSRP) and its popularity among everyone from children to senior citizens, but surprisingly few – if any – have mentioned how well this little console can work at getting you laid.

While the other major systems are mostly designed for a solo gaming experience, the Wii has a strong focus on playing with a group (Just like the lifestyle!).

Lighthearted party games and minigame collections abound, with controls that are easy enough for anyone to learn. As you can imagine, this makes the system tons of fun for lifestylers – even non-gamers – who want to have some laughs and get to know each other better.

Let Nintendo's Wii bring some excitement to your swinger party!

Artwork by T.J. Kirsch.

Wii Sports
One of the best Wii games for this is conveniently included with the console. Wii Sports is a collection of simple sports games (Tennis, Boxing, Baseball, Bowling and Golf). This title serves as a great introduction to the innovative (if a bit unusual) Wii controller, and is simple enough for just about anyone to get the hang of with just a few minutes practice.

Unlike many other games, Wii Sports strongly encourages physical activity among players. The games generally require movements modeled after the actual sports you are playing. This provides numerous opportunities for physical intimacy and heightened sexual tension ("Here, let me help you perfect your bowling stance. Let's start with those hips...").

One of our favorite "swinger rules" to add during Wii Bowling is to allow the other players to distract the current bowler in any way possible (Without physically hindering their throw). This inevitably leads to lots of breasts being flashed, ears and necks being nibbled, asses being fondled and even the occasional (and very effective) oral sex distraction. Heck, even the most competitive players among us won't mind missing that easy spare when he's getting a blowjob!

Mario Party 8, WarioWare: Smooth Moves
& Rayman Raving Rabbids (1 & 2)

Mario Party 8, WarioWare: Smooth Moves & Rayman Raving Rabbids are all party games for the Wii that are a popular choice for small gatherings. Each of these games have their own unique style, but they are all essentially a number of minigames, where players either take turns, compete or cooperate to win each round.

Part of the fun of many of the minigames is how often the gestures you are require to perform with the Wii's motion sensitive controller resemble various sexual actions. Check out this British redhead playing Rayman Raving Rabbids to see what I mean. It's difficult for your guests not to think about sex when they're doing things like that!

This game also presents plenty of opportunities for sexy "swinger rules", such as the loser of each round having to perform a dare, chosen by the winner. It's not clear why Nintendo hasn't capitalized on this feature in their marketing, but it's surprisingly effective.

PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
While the Nintendo Wii stands out as a the premiere party game console, it's not the only option available. Sony's PlayStation 3 ($399.99 MSRP) and Microsoft's Xbox 360 ($299.99 MSRP) feature better graphics and powerful multimedia functionality. They also have a couple of great party games of their own.

Guitar Hero 3
Guitar Hero 3 is an extremely popular entry in the rhythm game genre, wherein players strum guitar-shaped controllers in time with notes from any number of popular rock and roll songs. Extra songs can also be purchased online for a few dollars each.

The game only allows up to two players to play at any one time (either in a competitive "rock off" or cooperatively with one on guitar and the other on bass), but it's simple to pass the guitar around between songs. It's also enjoyable to watch an accomplished player nail some of the game's more difficult songs.

While having only two players able to play at one time may seem like a minus at first, it's important to remember those people who are most vital to any rockstar's lifestyle... the horny groupies! If you and your guitar partner are in the middle of a particularly awesome jam, the other people in the room might get into the spirit of things and throw their panties at you. But once their panties are off, it might be time to invite them back to your dressing room.

Rock Band*
While similar to Guitar Hero 3, Rock Band also includes a drum kit and microphone for vocals. This brings the maximum simultaneous player count to four, forming a full-fledged virtual rock band. Band members work together to scrape up money for a touring van, a manager, roadies and eventual stardom. Rock Band, like Guitar Hero 3, costs a bit more than most games due to the included instruments ($169.99 MSRP, including one guitar, drums and a microphone).

Playing "Strip Rock Band" is one of our favorites. Since at the end of every song you are presented with the individual stats of each player's performance, it's easy to identify the player who needs to remove an article of clothing. Later in the game, it will probably become apparent that one of the players (the one who is still fully dressed) is a Rock Band savant. This can be easily remedied by increasing that player's difficulty setting to "hard" or "expert" to handicap them. Or simply put them on an instrument that they are not as skilled at playing, such as the drums or vocals.

With any nearly naked rock band, it's fully expected that sessions will be followed by gratuitous amounts of hot-and-sweaty sex (feel free to enlist the help of one or more of your nearby groupies too, if need be).

Games can be great fun in their own right, especially as a build-up to an extended evening with your sexy newly-found friends. Just be sure not to overdo it – some of these games are pretty addictive, and before you know it's 3 AM and the time for depravity has long since passed.

In other words:
Whatever you do, remember to put the controller down – you can always come back for more later!

* While both Guitar Hero 3 and Rock Band are also available for the Nintendo Wii, the Wii's versions lack the option to download new songs, which can limit the replay value once you've completed all of the set lists.

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About the writer...
J of DEVIANCE is a professional computer geek and freelance writer living in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He leads a happy, (relatively) normal life in the suburbs with his loving wife, two cats, 30-year mortgage and periodic recreational sex with friends.
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