We love games! Like many, we fall victim to playing the digital kind on our phones and tablets when waiting in line or commuting to and from work. We love capturing keys and unlocking new levels, collecting badges and sharing our successes with friends on Facebook. It feels good to win, but has gaming gone too far?
Today, gaming has moved into our everyday lives. The term “gamification” has been coined to describe this trend. The idea behind gamification is to apply a reward system to everyday tasks, making them more engaging and fun. They are used to encourage positive behavior and interaction through winning incentives. Basically, we are feeding our addiction to constant reaffirmation through our addiction to digital games.
Gamification can produce some great results, especially when applied to things like education, but gamification has a new target, this one a bit more personal… female masturbation. Yep, there’s even an app for that!
HAPPYPLAYTIME, a project by Tina Gong, is a mobile app currently in development that aims to “rebrand the entire concept of female masturbation through education and light-hearted games”. The star of the game is the team mascot “Happy” who teaches female anatomy and provides lessons on masturbation techniques, letting users know when they’re doing it right by saying things like, “Oh my, I’m getting all hot and bothered.”
All kidding aside, the mission of the game is actually serious. As explained on the website:
“Sexuality is one of the most basic instincts of human beings. Being comfortable with your own sexual pleasure is a prerequisite to both being able to healthily accept pleasure from others, and pleasing others. How can you exchange pleasure with someone else if you don’t understand what your own body likes? That’s why masturbation, and learning how to masturbate is such a fundamental life lesson.
Unfortunately for many women, there has been a cultural stigma that blocks access to self-stimulation. HAPPYPLAYTIME is here to eliminate this barrier as much as possible. By talking openly and lightheartedly about female masturbation, we are taking the first step to becoming truly sexually liberated.”
Tina further explains to Gamification, a resource for gamification news, “If users can pick up the game, play it, laugh, and share it with their friends, then the inherent taboo surrounding the conversation about female masturbation has been lifted.”
We’re not really sure that an app will have the power to blow away the taboos associated with female masturbation, which is so engrained in our culture, but if you are into reward based incentives, this game will likely result in more than winning a gold badge!
HAPPYPLAYTIME is still in early development, aiming to have a playable version available later this summer. To learn more, sign up for their newsletter here.