The Kama Sutra video game that never was

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In an interview with Eurogamer at the Devlop conference, Sony Computer Entertainment executive producer Pete Smith explained the weirdest video game pitch that was ever brought before him – A Kama Sutra videogame that would utilise the PlayStation’s camera – the Eyetoy.

"This was a genuine pitch from a developer," Smith Says, "who pitched EyeToy Kama Sutra. Seriously, this was a genuine pitch."So, the guy is going to me, ‘it’s like, so there’s an outline on the screen with the EyeToy…’ I’m like, I get it, yeah.

"We were talking about it back at the office. Obviously we didn’t sign it and it never ever saw the light of day. But we were going, how exactly would we QA it? You can imagine these two big hairy testers going, ‘No, you’re the bitch tonight.’”

It would be a terribly awkward game to have to demo to the press.

"I know," Smith said. "You’d just have to go for it, wouldn’t you? In one sense I think, god, I wish it would have been done. We could have maybe got some celebrity endorsements and stuff like that.What I just find strange is, sometimes you get these pitches and you think, this is just bonkers. But the developers absolutely believe in it, which is great. I’d much rather that than they come along halfhearted.

"This guy – I can remember it, I will never forget him – he was like, ‘We want to do this. We think it could be great. And, yeah. We get all kinds of pitches, but that’s definitely the one that stands out for me."

Stands out…or stands up? As bizarre as the concept is – lining two naked bodies up in front of a TV to get in to the right positions (Hey, didn’t the Rabbids: Alive and Kicking game for Kinect make you do that?) – I think it’s probably time to revisit that. It might give us something worth playing with the perfectly shaped PlayStation Move.

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Last Updated: July 12, 2012

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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