The Playboy is Dead, Long Live the Playboy

This blog was inevitable, so I should have been better prepared instead of seriously wondering whether “OMG there’s no words ~~ NO WORDS !! HEF!!!” would sufficiently convey the feelings of millions of men and women upon learning of the passing of Playboy Magazine publisher, magnate, figurehead, the one and only Hugh Hefner. He was 91.

Hugh Hefner RIP

Founding Playboy in 1953, “Hef” was the most recognized and rewarded pornographer on the planet. So complete was his transformative influence on sexual politics and experience that the commercial sex world is unthinkable without Playboy’s vast multi-platform imprint. From basically family friendly cable TV shows about ditzy blonde models to somehow convincing women everywhere to wear his famous Bunny logo on their crotches or even tattooed on their thighs, Hef has, for better or worse (depending on who you ask and their religious convictions) touched an astonishing number of people with his astral libido.

Hef’s influence is obviously felt closer to home, too, having inspired and challenged of acclaimed photographers, and launched the careers of many more. Although the current state of Playboy Magazine, flip-flopping between a commitment to non-nudity and showing signs of its old bare-assed self, may not be the most fitting tribute to its founder, the Playboy Plus website is. A simple affair filled with the steamiest pictorials and videos from Playmates both four months and forty years past.

If one man can make you think of him whenever you stare longingly at a gorgeous naked woman, well, isn’t that the pinnacle of success?

Kink Leaves, Twin Peaks Returns

San Francisco Armory

Having been home to the notorious studio’s productions since 2006, Kink.com is moving out of the San Francisco Armory, the Moorish fort that founder Peter Acworth acquired over ten years ago. A national landmark that soon became the center of many controversies surrounding the outlandish and outspoken porn studio, the Armory will still hold Kink’s offices but production will move to Southern California, Nevada, and elsewhere in the Bay Area, just not so close to the historically sexually-liberated Castro district.

Arguably the hippest studio of the hipster-porn explosion, it makes perfect sense that Kink would hold off on one of its signature extreme fetish parody porn efforts until the final day inside the Armory, keeping one ultra-hot pop-culture property on reserve until the very end. A natural fit for a studio that helped make the careers of Tommy Pistol, Ella Nova, James Deen, and Sasha Grey, the final episode to be shot inside the Armory sees David Lynch and Mark Frost’s acclaimed TV series Twin Peaks, itself about to be relaunched, as the subject of an utterly intense Hardcore Gangbang.

Director Maitresse Madeline Marlowe, who calls herself a “huge fan” of avant grade and surrealist cinema, cast Amber Ivy as the town’s teenage flirt-queen Audrey Horne, and chose to focus on One Eyed Jack’s, the Canadian border brothel owned by business magnate Ben Horne, Audrey’s father. Dipping a toe into incest themes, coercion, prostitution and servitude, and, of course, hot black coffee and cherry pie.

‘Damn Fine Pie!’ sees Ms. Ivy working at One Eyed Jack’s, the former workplace of her murdered schoolmate Laura Palmer, in an effort to uncover the truth about her family’s involvement in such shady business dealings. With co-stars Tommy Pistol as Dr. Lawrence Jacoby, Owen Grey as stoic biker boy James Hurley, Will Havoc as cokehead quarterback Bobby Briggs, Jon Jon as Leo Johnson, and Mickey Mod as Ben Horne, seen here poking a finger into his daughter’s mouth.

Damn Fine Pie

But, wait, where’s Bob?

Kink.com has officially left the San Francisco Armory but will continue to explore and expand the outer limits of sexual entertainment from its new facilities. Twin Peaks returns to television next week, debuting on Showtime May 21st. ‘Damn Fine Pie!’ is available now from Kink.com.

Fans Fund Adult Gaming at Kimochi

Kimochi

Last week Mr. Pink’s brought you the lowdown on an oddity in the adult entertainment world: an online game emporium loaded with independently-owned titles created by some very promising and often quite accomplished game designers. Unlike the mainstream gaming world and its obsession with violence as primary vice, the majority of games featured at Nutaku explored lust, love, attraction, and all sorts of fetishes and taboos. Some were free. Others cost anywhere up to $60. Some were single player text-based adventures. Others were massive multiplayer online experiences designed to keep you participating and growing the world along with your virtual sexual opportunities and triumphs. “But where,” I hear you ask, “does a designer get the time and funding to produce such epics of immersive adult entertainment when he’s likely got bills to pay, a family to feed, and real career opportunities to explore?” That, my friends, is where crowd-funding platform Kimochi comes in.

Claiming to essentially be the unicorn of crowdfunding websites – anime! porn! a no-profit M.O. that keeps the money in game development! – Kimochi presents its Red Light program to aspiring adult gaming entrepreneurs to help them finish and launch their creations, and to bring these games to a wide international audience. Designers from France, the UK, and the USA are among those turning to Kimochi Red Light for support, and to a prospective base of gamers willing to lend a hand financially. Taking donations of all sizes and allotting Rewards for contributions of different amounts, from exclusive digital character sketches and design previews to early beta release access, in-game credits, and premium bonus content to enhance your playing experience, each design team details their plans, their progress, and aim to please those who help them reach their goals.

Anyone who found Nutaku’s strong selection of produced games, ready to be played and enjoyed and obsessed over by a salivating one-handed audience of adult gamers, enticing should scope out Kimochi’s various offerings. From visual novels to RPGs to dating sims to card and puzzle games, there’s a burgeoning generation of sex-savvy game designers that need your help and really only one place to go, digital funds in hand, to ensure the survival and success of their games. Nice work, Kimochi! Yatta!