Here at MLNP.tv, we’re all about developments in sex tech that aim to make sex more consensual and satisfying in the real world. That’s why were were thrilled to recently learn about Hurt Me Plenty and its earnest attempt to allow people to practice consensual BDSM before trying it out IRL.
Written by Nathan Grayson for Kotaku. Originally published on December 2nd, 2014.
Hurt Me Plenty is a game about spanking. Consensual adult spanking, not debatably-traumatic-for-small-children spanking. It aims to do one thing games are notoriously terrible at: be sexy. (Warning: might be mildly NSFW, though not really.)
The free game, as you may have surmised by now, is about spanking dudes. For the time being, it only works with the Leap Motion controller, which in this case (though lamentably, not in all games ever released) detects the player’s hand making a spanking motion and transfers it into the game accordingly.
Creator Robert Yang (disclosure: he once penned a column for Rock Paper Shotgun, a site I used to work for) plans to add support for a non-Leap control setup soon.And while the game is indeed, depending on your particular persuasion, admirably sexy, I’m especially taken by its intentions. In short, Hurt Me Plenty is an attempt at subverting games’ typical be-a-halfway-decent-human-being-and-sex-will-fall-out approach seen in BioWare-style RPGs and games of the like. Yang wrote:
“This a short game where you spank the heck out of a dude and learn about how BDSM communities attempt to formalize consent / caring. I was really interested in how we can make games about intimacy without a “kindness coins = sex cutscene” trope, and how we can use expressive gestures to roleplay / think about pain and intimacy. (For the record, I don’t think my game gets it right, and it has a lot of flaws… this stuff is hard to design!)”
So it’s a game where intimate interactions are gameplay rather than a glorified “thanks for saving the universe, now I will take my top off” screen, and—for outsiders who might have misconceptions—it’s a revealing look into how BDSM communities actually tend to work. Both good goals, even if the game’s points sometimes come across with a dull thud rather than a satisfying slap.
Read more about this and other games that are designed to educate and make sex more satisfying and consensual IRL, here.