New “Avatar”-inspired video game tries to make abstinence look cool

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The University of Central Florida has spent a whopping $434,000 to develop a video game that tries to convince teenage girls to withhold sex until their wedding nights.

The as-yet-untitled game involves earning social skills points (basically by turning down sex with horny and desperate vampires) while operating "life-size avatars [in] real life scenarios." Boys in the game are indeed the enemy, according to a developer who says they appear in the game to offer some tongue or "getting jiggy." (Not a direct quote.)

"A boy similar in age might approach the person playing the game and ask her to make out or there might be some sexual innuendo," said Norris.

An “interactor,” or a person controlling a character, jumps into the scenario by wearing a motion-capture suit. Infra-red lights shine down and hit markers. Those markers control the movement of the character.

"It’s a place to practice where there aren’t any social consequences," said Norris.

The game is expected to be ready by the spring of 2011. UCF developers tell us they will test it using students selected from after school programs. [MyFox Orlando]

For decades, conservatives have tried to convince kids "sex is not cool" and "blowing things up is not awesome," but these attempts have always been laughable and probably statistically disastrous. Can we safely laugh this one off or might it successfully convince teens that having sex is "wrong"?