martes, diciembre 04, 2007

Guía del Sexo (Zeta Multimedia) Anne Hooper / Anne Hooper's Ultimate Sex Guide on CD ROM

GSP - Anne Hooper's Ultimate Sex Guide review (sex education on CD) (31/08/2005)(e-mule/e-donkey:Anne_Hooper_Ultimate_Sex_Guide.iso 590 Mb)Serial Number: 3746
You can't blame GSP for trying. Adorned with an 18 certificate, the promise of video clips and a full encyclopedia of sex, they've put together a product that's no doubt eyed-up by anyone trying to legitimately sneak 'adult' material into their home. Or, toeing the party line, they've found an educational and responsible product that sensibly and maturely addresses the subject of sex.
Whichever camp you subscribe to, if you've got Windows XP you're going to have to jump through some hoops first. On neither of our XP test systems would the product work. It took a brief sojourn through the GSP support site, a download of a patch and a fair degree of patience to finally get things moving.
Next, you're asked for an access code that's provided supposedly on the card inserted in the software's box. Only there isn't a card, and the program won't run without the code. Ho hum. Back off to the GSP web site and into the FAQs, and there's the answer. The code is printed in small letters on the CD itself. Sigh. So off we go again, and finally we get going.
From the off, the product betrays its age. It's dated 1995, and Anne Hooper's video introduction is so pixelated that your initial reaction is to recommend she undertakes urgent treatment for her skin. The video quality really is poor, and a glance at the system specs reveals why - it's suitable even for selected 386 systems (remember them?). Yet GSP still wants a tenner. It's not a fresh release, in fairness, but given the clear age of the software, half the price would have been more appropriate.
The content isn't bad, although it's very much of-its-day in the way it's presented. The program mixes in questionnaires, videos, audio and reference material, and covers an astounding range of topics. It doesn't skimp on the (cough) educational videos either, and it covers the very basics right through to acts that'd make your parents wince. It assumes throughout that it's heterosexual sex you're interested in, incidentally.
So what we ultimately have is an old program with, on the whole, relevant and comprehensive content. It's presented quite scrappily, and the interface - whilst competent - is badly in need of an overhaul. But the program, miraculously, still just about delivers. It's overpriced, and Anne Hooper herself has a habit of banging on a bit, but nonetheless this isn't too bad a buy.
GSP - Anne Hooper's Ultimate Sex Guide features - Verdict: Rude? Yes. Educational? Yes. Deserving of its 18 certificate? Yes. Old? Most certainly. But it holds up a little better than we were expecting. Hardly an essential purchase, though.
*Anne Hooper's Ultimate Sex Guide on CD ROM. Dorling Kindersley's unique artistic formula for creating multimedia CDs was at its height when converting Anne's best-selling book into an interactive sex disc. CD ROM Magazine said: "DK's first adult CD-ROM looks good, even the morning after. Refreshingly this disc hasn't been produced for male titillation. It's also politically correct in other areas: it's one of the few packages we've seen to include black and Asian models as a matter of course (instead of to add some kind of 'exotic' element) and it also includes sex advice for disabled people. And it isn't tacky." The nicest thing anyone said about it was "There's a woman in my computer who wants to improve my love life. I like this woman a lot. I would like to think I am Anne Hooper's only student but anyone in possession of adequate RAM can plunge into her Ultimate Sex Guide (CD-ROM)." THE BEST OF MULTIMEDIA: This informative disc (Anne Hooper's Ultimate Sex Guide on CD-ROM) combines provocative video clips and music, photography, explicit animations and text in a way that only CD-ROM technology makes possible in 1995. PERSONAL COURSES: Each user receives a tailor-made course of articles and personalised advice to improve their sex lives, based on their responses to six confidential questionnaires. PROGRAMMES FOR BETTER SEX: Realise your full sexual potential by following Anne's Programmes for Better Sex including techniques and exercises to enhance your sexual experiences. SEXOPEDIA: The in-depth reference section cites recent scientific research and provides information on every aspect of sexuality, breaking through misunderstandings and taboos that have surrounded this important subject. (Available from Dorling Kindersley, 80 Strand, London WC2 ORL or contact the DK web site at www.dk.com)
A Sex Therapist's Personalized Program for Enriching Your Sex Life
This interactive sex guide, based on Anne Hooper's best-selling book, will help you enjoy a more exciting and fulfilling sex life. From those in the early stages of sexual experimentation to mature couples who want to rekindle passion - everyone can benfit from Anne's years of experience as a sex therapist and marriage counselor. This guide is for anyone who wants to improve their sexual knowledge to get the most from a loving partnership.
The Best of Multimedia. Specially-filmed video, photography, text and animation present an informative exploration of sexual practices and techniques. Programs for Better Sex. Anne's Programs for Better Sex include information on exercises designed to enhance your sexual experience. Sexopedia. This in-depth reference section offers clearly understood, detailed explanations of sexual terms and concepts. Personal Courses. Each user will receive a tailor-made course of articles and personalized advice to improve their sex lives, based on their responses to six confidential questionnaires.
Requirements: IBM or compatible PC, 386DX/33MHz or higher microprocessor, 4Mb of RAM, MPC-compatible CD-ROM drive and sound card, mouse, SBGA 256-color display, loudspeakers or headphones, Microsoft Windows version 3.1 or later.
Reviews:PC Entertainment, February 1996. "Ever wished your sex life was more enjoyable? Surprisingly, Anne Hooper thinks your computer can help." "This helpful and revealing guide presents the delicate subject matter in a straightforward fashion that we found both professional and engaging." "Anne Hooper's Ultimate Sex Guide treats on of life's great delights with the kind of respect and attention it deserves."
Amazon.co.uk Review: Anne Hooper's Ultimate Sex Guide is a DK title that brings the wisdom of sex-counsellor and marriage guidance expert Anne Hooper to CD-ROM. It is designed for people seeking to improve their sexual experience, whether in a new or established relationship.
Laid out like a book, it is built around four main themes: questionnaires, case studies, "sexopedia" and programs. The questionnaires and programmes work together to individualise Hooper's expertise. Like the software itself, the questionnaires are password-protected, to ensure the user's privacy, but also to ensure that those for whom the adult content is inappropriate can't access it.
Well-designed and easy to use, this software uses explicit live video clips to demonstrate sexual positions, with categories from Exotic Sex to Advanced Positions, as well as animated clips to explain essential items of sexual health, contraception and pregnancy.
With voice-overs and lots of snippets of text, there is a lot of information in here, and quite a lot of depth and ideas for experimentation, as well as factual advice on disease, adolescence and bodily functions. Hooper also explores the psychological side, such as repression, fears, expression and developing self-confidence.
This CD is well-organised, with a main menu which is always accessible, and on which you can access the video library, A-Z index, Your Case File and related topics. In look, feel and content, it is exactly like a DK printed manual, but the multimedia content is well integrated, and really does provide excellent add-on value.
The content is firmly aimed at heterosexual couples, and as a shared tool to use and read together, it should prove valuable particularly for those who are new to a relationship, or seeking to further intimacy in an established one, or just wanting to know more about sex.--J Collins
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