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Top VR firm puts foot down: no porn on our platform

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August 16, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The three founders of the groundbreaking virtual reality company THE VOID have publicly declared they will not include pornography in the “immersive hyper-reality experiences” they plan to open to the public in “VOID Experience Centers” across the globe.

Ken Bretschneider, Curtis Hickman, and James Jensen, who founded THE VOID in 2014, contacted the anti-porn group Fight the New Drug to announce their commitment to keeping their company porn-free.

 “If it was about money and not about family or considering lives it would destroy, I could be a billionaire. For me, it’s a solid no every time.”

As virtual reality headsets have become available in the last few years, the porn industry has gravitated toward the new technology, with PornHub, the world’s largest porn site, giving away 10,000 headsets in March 2015 as a way to get viewers hooked on “its 360 degree X-rated content,” reports Fight the New Drug.

THE VOID’s founders have pioneered the development of a form of “immersive entertainment” that uses physical environments, real-time interactive effects and VR headsets to let players experience “living” in movies or games.

Considered the leader in this rapidly developing industry, THE VOID just opened its first “immersive hyper-reality experience” called "Ghostbusters:Dimension" in partnership with Sony at Madame Tussaud’s in New York City. Participants become ghostbusters, chasing after and catching phantoms.

Bretschneider said he was warned the company could not survive without doing porn.  “I’m just here to say that there is so much money to be made without doing porn too,” he told Fight the New Drug.

“We’ve got more than enough worlds to create that are based off telling stories and we think that’s what’s going to be engaging for people. Our audience is looking for immersive experiences that include action, adventure, fantasy, horror, science-fiction, and more, and this is what we will deliver.”

“I always say that I could have already been a billionaire if I wanted to because I’ve been approached about streaming porn a lot,” Jensen, THE VOID’s chief visionary officer, told Fight the New Drug. “If it was about money and not about family or considering lives it would destroy, I could be a billionaire. For me, it’s a solid no every time.”

“I believe that those who create content have a responsibility to provide what society is looking for that isn’t detrimental to it and that’s what the challenge of being an artist is,” noted Hickman, the chief creative officer.

“It’s the mission of THE VOID to create content that is in the promotion of good things. It’s about creating work that will benefit society. Pornography does a lot of damage to society as a whole and I don’t want to be the author of something like that.”

Added Hickman: “I challenge other VR groups to do the same thing. Just be very clear on where you stand and let the world know we’re going to do a lot of good with VR.”

Fight The New Drug, a group of millennials dedicated to using creative mediums to raise awareness of the harm of pornography, urges people to congratulate THE VOID for publicly stating their decision, and to share their story.

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