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If you haven’t spent as much time on Xbox Video as I have, you’re doing it wrong. Well, actually you may be doing it right. Collectively I spend about 14 hours on a week, generally after a long day, watching new films and sometimes old on my Xbox One. Xbox Video provides entertainment for the entire family; from children films (Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 to Wreck It Ralph) to “Rated R” Drama’s (End of Watch to Zero Dark Thirty), almost anyone can find a film to cuddle up to with a blanket and watch.
Recently I was renting some newly released films on the Xbox Video marketplace. While browsing the first few pages of the Newly Released and Top Released selections, I astonishingly came across erotica film parodies. Titles included, The Sexy Adventures of Van Helsing, Spider Babe, and TITanic: Double D— seriously the “TIT” was capitalized in the title. You may ask me, “James, what do you have against these titles on Xbox?” I don’t blame you for asking that question, she did:
*correction to tweet, I meant erotica, not porn
Here’s my take on it; there’s a difference between intentionally going incognito on your Google Chrome browser and having a porn session and then unintentionally running across erotic content on Xbox LIVE. The issue at hand regarding this, is the vast amount of families that use the Xbox as an entertainment system, especially viewing content on Xbox Video. Most of us are adults here, so let’s be real. Porn is a form of entertainment, and sexual innuendos can be found in almost every day television. Some find it as so—being entertainment— and other’s won’t touch it with a 20 foot pole.
With hesitation I rented The Sexy Adventures of Van Helsing to see the extent of what content was being put on the Xbox Video marketplace (I will leave screenshots out of this article to keep it safe for work). Upon the opening scene, within 30 second, there was softcore pornographic content. On top of that the film looked like it was some college project for drama or some kind of arts class. Standard definition and bad acting, just this alone make me regret spending four dollars to rent. From the few minutes I watched and the skipping forward I did, there were a few softcore and borderline hardcore pornographic scenes— enough to be classified as porn itself. To be honest, I cannot be surprised with this as the description reads:
From Seduction Cinema Studios, creators of the classic erotic spoofs Play-Mate of the Apes and Lord of the G-Strings, comes a new and hilarious parody with plenty of bite and a lot at stake! It’s a battle to save the hearts, minds, bodies and souls of the beautiful women of Ellinville University when dashing and beautiful monster-hunter Wilhelmina Van Helsing – great-great-granddaughter of the legendary vampire killer – battles it out with the nocturnal seductress Countess Dracula.
When Xbox prides itself for being family and gamer friendly alike, is it alright to feature “softcore erotica” on its video marketplace? Or are they allowing content that is just taking it too far? Tell me in the comments below and for all your Xbox and gaming related news, stay in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook!