Review - Red Light Center
Product Category: Adult MMORPG
Platform: MS Windows & Internet Explorer
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Red Light Center is a MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) that markets itself as an erotic adult themed playground. The adult game runs 24/7 in real-time on the internet and is accessed by users via a custom downloadable browser. The ultimate goal of the "game" is to consistently improve your total points score which is cumulative of five separate categories: Rays (wealth), Popularity, Karma, Sexiness, and Friendliness. The rewards for a high score are being top listed in any particular category, and the simple fact that to get there you will have developed a huge network of virtual friends.
Goals aside, playing simply involves enjoy the sights and participating as a good citizen in the virtual and sexy world that continually grows around you.
In Game Experience:
Within the virtual world of Red Light Center you see and move around in 3 dimensions, which is a similar experience to any first or third person shooter, except at the pace of a stroll and without having to worry about a hail of bullets raining down on you at any moment. You can toggle your display between first person and third person view (see 1st/3rd button at bottom of browser window), and zoom in and out somewhat while in the latter. By default you start the game in a kind of transporter room which provides you with quick access to various locations around town. If you get lost you can always go back to this room by clicking on the HOME button at the top of the browser window. It's a strange world, where you hear utter silence one minute, and then music the next. Some background noise is sorely needed in locations where no music is playing.
Moving Your Avatar:
Getting around is relatively easy although I did find you move kind of slow, even when you are in run mode (hit CTRL to toggle on/off). If you need to pick up the pace there is a command to roller-stake, although I don't recall what it is off hand. You can move your avatar forward using the W key and backward using the S key. You A and D to rotate your character and Q and W to side step. If you prefer you can hold down the left mouse button and move the mouse move towards where you point. Holding down the right mouse button and moving the mouse rotates the camera angle around your character. To enter a building or room simply point at the door and click the left mouse button.
Places to see and things to do:
There are many, and I mean many, places to visit in this virtual sex world. Let's start out in the streets where many people congregate to chat. The streets, sensibly, are your way to get around the virtual city. Within the city are a few neighborhoods, but most distinctive from the others is the gay district. All people are welcome anywhere, but generally you will find more gay people in the gay district, and more straight people in the other areas, just like in real life. Here is an extensive but far from complete list of places to visit.
|Aquarium||Transform into a mermaid and dive a wreak surrounded by exotic fish|
|Bareback Bordello||A virtual brothel, where the girls will get it on with you in one of the rooms for pay|
|Blue Whale Art and Book Store||Buy erotic art and books online|
Exotic Dance Club in the Gay District
|Caddy's Place||A beach house in the middle of the street, very cool if you're looking for a change of scenery, but not much to do there|
|Century Theatre||Will soon feature live performances; your guess is as good as mine|
|Fantasy Hotel||Hotel with a Blues Club and a variety of themed fantasy rooms for couples, threesomes, and foursomes|
|Faster Pussycat -||Disco in the Gay district|
|Fast Love Roller Rink||Get your groove on, roller style|
|Fever Dance Club||Discotheque with you can dance, mingle, and smoke a bong in the VIP area|
|House of Leather & Lace||A place to have sex with people that like, what else, but leather and lace|
|Information Center||Virtual RLC home page|
|Kingdom of Hearts||A club for Millionaires and their guests; I guess I don't qualify|
|Love Chess||A place where you can get a worm's eye view of the board from the game of the same name. Not sure if there is a way to actually play a game of chess here though?|
|Merlin's Cafe||A place to try out magic mushrooms or to smoke a bong|
|NNight Candy||Exotic Dance Club|
|Obsession||Nude Male Art Exhibit|
|Palace||Free XXX Movies Theatre|
|PPleasure Store||Buy sex toys online|
|RLC Gallery||Free Erotic Digital Art Gallery, soon to offer a user gallery section|
|Seduction||Free adult galleries|
|Sports Club||Go flying, without a plane!|
|Sub Space||BDSM place for sex in the Gay district|
|Sun & Moon Hot Baths||Share a hot tub or have sex in the locker room|
|Tex's Last Stand||Road house with a place for a band, a bull riding machine, and a back room for who knows what? I sat down and had a beer but nobody else came in so maybe it's new.|
|VIP Movies||Free XXX Movie Clips Theatre|
|Wicked Temptations||Online Lingerie Store|
|Zaby||Shopping mall, that I suppose just opened as all the spaces are currently for lease|
Customizing your Avatar:
The application allows you to choose your race, height, face type, hair color and styles, outfits and accessories and much much more for your avatar. You can choose a variety of underwear, pants, shirts, and shoes for clothing alone. You can also deck yourself out with a variety of tattoos and piercings, and even attach a nice pair of wings. Fortunately this is just a game and all of these body modifications are reversible so have some fun with it. To change these options select the "Customize" button at the top of the browser window.
Help can arrive in many forms. First there is the FAQ button which, obviously brings up the frequently asked questions menu. I found the FAQ to be very rudimentary and not particularly informative. Second, there is the tips pop-up menu which mostly tells you what the keyboard and on screen buttons do, very useful. You can also check out the forums, although I didn't find anything of use to me there. Apparently there are "support" avatars walking around to answer your questions in real-time, but I never saw any. The community will assign you a "guide" which is simply a more experienced user that can help you out if you have any questions, but that isn't of much help if they are off-line.
The absolute best place to seek help is from the people all around you. Just be friendly, say hello, and let them know you are new. Everybody else had to start somewhere and so far everybody had attempted to help me out. Having gone through some frustrating experiences and then finding this was the quickest place to find the answer I needed has me wondering if the game makers indented it this way. After all what better way is there to start up a conversation then to ask somebody for help?
Your profile information is accessible via an ordinary browser and can be opened by clicking on the profile button in the Red Light Center browser. You personal profile can contain a large variety of content, and is similar to a profile you'd see on MySpace, FaceBook, or Lavalife.
Your profile can include a number of photos, your social stats, personal quote, personal description, who you'd like to meet, links to other profiles such as MySpace, favorite web-sites, and other favorites such as music and movies. There are also settings for profile preferences and photo visibility. Lastly, Red Light Center also provides you with your own Blog and a way to have background music played when others view your profile; although I haven't figured out how to do that yet.
Accessing other user profiles is as easy as right clicking on their avatar in the virtual world and selection profile from the pop-up context menu.
There are essentially two kinds of chat, public and private. Any member, including free members may participate in public chats. Public chats take place within the visual area you occupy. In other words, if you're within a building or place the public chat only includes people within that space. When you move to a new area you can participate in chats within that area. Private chats can be initiated between paying (VIP) members. To initiate such a chat simply right click on an avatar and select private chat from the context sensitive menu. Once established you can chat privately until you or the other person logs off, regardless of where you go in Red Light Center.
To chat publically or privately just select the appropriate conversation tab and type into the text box in the lower left hand side of the screen. Messages are displayed above the box and you can see more by clicking on the maximize button. Other controls let you change the display and location of the chat window. You can also make your avatar perform over 20 gestures such as pointing or clapping by selecting them from the bubble menu.
When in a location where music is playing your character will start dancing automatically. You can move your character around using the normal controls as they juke to the rhythm. During dance mode a special menu of various moves will pop up on the right side of the screen. Click one any move to get your groove on. If the dancing automatically bothers you these is a way to shut it off.
Ok, this is by far the most important feature and function in the game. To have sex, you need several things.
First, you have to be a full member (VIP).
Second you need to find a place to play. There are a variety of places where you may have sex, all are private to the extent that only 1-4 people can play together in the area at once. Most rooms either come with some kind of bed, or a variety of BDSM play areas. There are also some themed rooms such as the space room in the Fantasy Hotel.
Third, you need to have a partner or partners to play. If you can't find a partner many rooms have a robot to play with. Don't worry, these robots look just like regular avatars. In either case man on women, man on man, and women on women action is all good.
Finding a female partner for sex was actually surprising easy; but perhaps this was just beginners luck. I simply hung out near the bedrooms in the hotel and the first lady I said "hello" to offered to get horizontal after chatting for a few minutes.
Once in the room you can make nice with a little foreplay such as making out. To get any serious action all participants have to get naked; robots are already naked if you don't have a partner or partners. To take off your clothes just click the little person symbol (lower middle of the screen) on the chest and in the nether regions (twice to also remove underwear) to strip down. Next you have to right click on your partner and invite them to have sex. If they agree, one of you must point to the bed or contraption and click on it to start.
Sex is full on naked avatar on avatar with penetration and simulated cum shots. While the quality isn't as good as say one of the better 3D Sex Simulation programs it is completely interactive, at least when you have a partner. You can't control the thrusting per se, but you can select various sex acts in real time. When you have a partner you can both select actions from main and sub menus (right hand side of the screen) to keep things moving along. This is the only time when you can make your avatar actually speak, by using the "speed chat" menu that's presented on the left side of the screen during the act. If you need to say something a little more elaborate you can also use the private chat control. When you're ready for your orgasm simply click on the "CUM" button to finish up in style. In the near future Red Light Center will support voice chat which will certainly heat things up.
Conventional Sex Controls:
If you have chosen a standard bedroom to have sex in you will be given a right hand menu of vanilla foreplay & sex acts to perform which includes flirting, spooning, fondling, oral, intercourse, and anal sex among many others. You will perform sex acts from gentle to vigorous, but never rough. If you would like to try something slightly more kinky you can try out a strap-on or the fucking machine. For anal sex alone there are four separate positions and four different little moves within each position.
Your menu of phrases to say are quite suitable given you are having rather conventional sex. Some gems include "you have perfect tits," "Yes," and "Oh god!"
BDSM Sex Controls:
The controls in these rooms are quite a bit different than in conventional bedrooms. First, you'll see that either you or your partner will be restrained on a bed, standing against a device shaped like an "X" or suspended by ropes. Each of these scenarios offers unique sexual opportunities. For example, while suspended by ropes the sub can be hog tied face down or suspended, as if they were sitting in a swing. Depending upon the scenario you may get involved in whipping, caning, flailing, using clamps, a vibrator, or regular intercourse. The options are very extensive. For example in the suspended position the whip can be used on three separate parts of the body and either soft, medium, or hard.
The dialogue provided is quite provocative compared to that in the conventional sex scenario; some snippets include "I own you," "Eat it," and "Shut up Slave!"
To round out the game search and friends buttons are offered to make people you know much easier to find. If you're friends are online the system can tell you, along with what they're up to at the moment.
The game offers many business opportunities for people selling adult themed products as you can set up shop in the virtual world and link back to your Estore on the web.
It is pretty easy to spend a lot of money in Red Light Center. While the cost to maintain a full membership is only $20/month there are many other ways to spend a buck. For example, many of the free video clips the adult theatres are meant as enticements for you to buy full length xxx movies. Your new "friends" in the game may ask you to send them rays to improve their total points score. Sending rays costs you some nominal amount of money, and in return your "friend" gets a new icon attached to their profile... somebody is getting rich off of this one!
- Amazing immersive world with high production values
- Second in content only to Second Life
- Extremely friendly community of users
- Easy to meet others for virtual sex
- No sound support in the streets and many other areas
- Weak technical support
Red Light Center is a fantastic adult game and improves daily. The CEO claimed RLC had over 250,000 active users in a recent interview, but I don't see how that's possible given the average 300-400 or so users I see in the online indicator? Still there are certainly enough unique people at any given time to have some serious fun. The product is missing background sound effects which is a major oversight in my opinion. Support for the game mostly consists of asking around or trial and error. The product offers a large variety of things to do in the virtual world, but most some how relate to one common denominator, which is getting some. If your interest in MMORPG is mostly for sexual hook ups and other deviant behavior then Red Light Center is the adult game for you!
Demo: No nudity, no sex, access restricted to certain areas
Maker: Utherverse Corp.
Link: Red Light Center