“One of the huge benefits is safety,” says Brenda Brathwaite, a veteran video game developer (whose credits include Playboy: The Mansion) and author of Sex in Video Games.In addition to STD-free interactions, Brathwaite says virtual worlds offer users the ability to explore sexuality in an anonymous environment.Operating system: Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 CPU: Pentium 4, Athlon XP 2.0 GHz, Intel® Core™ Duo 1.66 GHz or faster Memory:1 GB or more Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 9550, Nvidia Ge Force FX 5200, Mobile Intel® 945GM or better, Shader model 2.0 Hard Disk:3 GB or more of free HD space Internet connection speed: Cable or DSL (broadband) Mac: Twinity has been tested under Boot Camp and Parallels on various Mac systems and has worked without any particular problems.Linux: Some Twinity members have attempted to run Twinity on Linux under Wine with various degrees of success.
Chatting, laughing, kissing, hugging, lifelike movements. Exchange files, show your own pictures, marry virtually.
Still, says Machulis, teledildonics are “changing long-distance relationships for the better,” allowing couples to “finally be physical over the wire.” And, he argues, we “haven’t even seen the tip of the iceberg” in the field of virtual sex toys.
Allowing separated couples to stay in touch, almost literally, is only one of the many positive aspects that virtual-sex advocates see in the refinement of — and increasingly widespread access to — cyber-sex technologies.
But, he says, the real-world functionality of computer-enabled sex toys hasn’t really caught up with its potential.
“There are some cool ideas that just don’t work in implementation,” he says.