Enter the lab of Dr. Jen Faustus and test out her new device. Meet a cast of fun characters, obey their orders, customize your very own pretty spiral to lose yourself in, and have fun dropping deep into trance!
PAX plays home to a wide variety of games: from outstanding indies to AAA games that came out two months ago and, for whatever reason, people still line up to see at the show.
Installations like the Indie Megabooth make some of these easier to find than others. Whereas plenty of games require you to walk the show floor no easy feat when there are several thousand people between you and a minute wait in line to discover.
Nor does it market itself as being for hypno kink aficionados. The two-person development team I spoke to in the hotel room, Andromeda Studios, likened it to virtual reality guided meditation. For the unfamiliar, hypnokink, a mind control fetish, or whatever you want to call it is a sexual fantasy where participants exchange control with one another via hypnosis, or more fantastical forms of domination. Although those can come into play, too. Most people want to hand over control more completely than the average submissive — or to enjoy more certain, total surrender and care as a dom.
But there are about 10 metric trucklo of variation in what the fetish can look, sound, or feel like. To start, I was asked to lay down on a hotel bed in front of two total strangers the developers and take off my shoes.
Then I was asked to relax as much as possible and strap on an Oculus Quest with some headphones, blocking out all sight and sound besides the game itself. SoundSelf is controlled entirely with your voice. You chant in low tones to pull yourself through abstract, dancing patterns.
But the tunnel my senses traveled through was distinctly spiral-shaped, with patterns meant to draw your eye to a central point. Chanting meant I had to work my mouth a lot to keep things moving.
I think the strangest game i played at pax was secretly just hypno fetish art
It was… a lot, not to mention familiar. I was too distracted. But those are usually explicitly pornographic. Like I said, this kink is nothing if not versatile.
Once I did get into the rhythm, it was impressive how SoundSelf created a wall of senses. Your own chanting moaning, really, it was more like moaning feeds back to you in a good pair of headphones.
We had less luck with the visual elements. Mine were extremely off-center when I started, but adjusted before I played.
Though they reported this was a pretty therapeutic experience unto itself. It lends credence to the idea that SoundSelf might work in different ways for different people. SoundSelf will supposedly be out soon, after roughly eight years in various forms of development, at which point an assortment of players with different interests will be able to determine it for themselves.
Display Name. Source: Andromeda Studios For the unfamiliar, hypnokink, a mind control fetish, or whatever you want to call it is a sexual fantasy where participants exchange control with one another via hypnosis, or more fantastical forms of domination.
Use of VR heets in hypno fetish art. Maybe the studio just wants the game to be used for a variety of purposes, too.
Steven Strom March 5, 4 minutes read. Steven Strom An obsessive writer broadcasting to you live from the middle of nowhere. Thinks cute things are good, actually.
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