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Run a Porn Studio in Triple X Tycoon

By Julian Benson on at

There are some NSFW images in the following post.

Ever since watching Boogie Nights I've been fascinated with the ins and outs of the porn industry. Often starting in people's bedrooms with a cheap camera, whole companies spin out that can make millions of pounds, so long as they can keep on top of demands and new technology.

Triple X Tycoon is a management simulator that tries to capture the challenge of a '70s startup lasting long into the modern day. You'll need to grow your business by finding out what your customers want to watch, modelling your output and merchandise to match, and making sure you don't fall behind your competitors when it comes to technology and quality.

According to Triple X Tycoon's (NSFW-ish) IndieGoGo campaign you won't just hire crews and actors to make your films but also design and sell branded sex toys, take part in awards ceremonies, sabotage your competitors, and have to handle random events like a star's partner arriving on set or one of your actresses getting pregnant. You also have to keep your stars safe and healthy, keeping them away from any STDs. How you deal with the situation can cause big losses or be turned into gains.

As you grow as a studio and develop a reputation, better known stars will be drawn to your studio, allowing you to move from motels to mansions.

The developer, Joy-Toilet, says "this is a game about the adult industry as a whole and not a sex simulator. For example, If you want to spend your time being the king/queen of sex toys instead of shooting film, by all means."

And, what sex there is in the game isn't that explicit:

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In a blog post over on Joy-Toilet's website, the game's programmer details a scenario the game can generate:

You’re a week away from shooting a film, it’s a feature so you hire photographers to take good pictures. Now you still run your business out of a motel room, the motel owner knows what you do and he charges you a premium. He’s got a soft spot for the ladies, he wants to sit in, maybe cop a feel, he’ll give you a discount on the room this month if you do. For the sake of argument you allow it, well now your local reputation drops since the motel guy now knows what he can get away with, he’ll stop by again soon. By the way it was agency talent you hired, your industry reputation drops.  Not mention your performer, who got groped, is reeling from the experience.  She starts doing drugs to cope with what happened, and she isn’t quitting because you paid her well and honestly, she’s new, it’s porn and what’s done is done.

Next week your assistant, Hurvey, notifies you that multiple agencies have blacklisted your studio.  He also tells you that the last film sucked, and you’re almost out of money.   You tell him to just grab talent off the street corners, which at night consists of drug addicts and/or prostitutes of some form or another.  It’s likely they have to get tested but you could ignore that fact, just pay them in drugs right? Well the male talent you picked up is already high and the lady is too, in fact they know each other which looks good on camera! Except now you can’t shoot because the guy is so high that his dick won’t jump, you get him the pill and some water.

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Naturally, the shoot sucked and you lost money on it.  Money you didn’t have,you’re bankrupt.  Triple X Tycoon is primarily about the human element of the adult industry. It’s just that the business of sex just happens to include, sex.

The team is clear on its IndieGoGo page that you're not limited to producing strictly heterosexual porn. The team says it's worked hard to "make sure everyone is represented equally in Triple X Tycoon".

I've not had the chance to see Triple X Tycoon in action but just reading through the blogs and the campaign page has got me really interested in this game. Apparently, all the design work and most the programming is complete, it's just hiring artists which has been a hurdle for the developers.