ela-darlingEla Darling calls herself the “Queen of VR porn” as she co-founded CAM4 and became the first virtual reality cam girl from VR tech integrations that her company developed. She shared her founding story with me in a previous interview in 2015, and I talked with her at VRLA last year about their latest technological innovations of doing 360 video livestreams, the degree of emotional authenticity and connections that are being made, creating an immersive space that’s a reflection of her geeky personality, and her challenges of being the chief curator of adult content, and talent scout for adult entertainer/VR enthusiasts.

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Darling says that being a cam girl in VR is about 20% sex and 80% therapy, and that the customers who are participating in these live show thrive on the emotional intimacy that can be cultivated within VR. They’ve created a safe environment that’s free of judgments and shame around any sexual kinks or mental health taboos. We talk about why she sees gaming as more of a driver of technological innovation in VR more than port, but that there are still some innovations that are happening.

There’s also a lot of VR porn content that’s already been produced, but that the CAM4 livestreams focus on immersive experiences that can’t be downloaded because they’re live and interactive. There’s a quality of emotional intimacy and connection that goes way beyond what 2D on-demand video content can provide, and that people have been willing to pay to have these experiences. The porn industry still has a number of cultural taboos, but Darling has so many canny insights into human nature as she’s engaged in dialogue with so people who feel liberated from sexual shame and mental health stigmas.

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