At least Ms. Pac Man (search) wore a bow.
"The video-game business is growing up," said Phil O'Neil, president of Vivendi Universal Games. "Many of today's gamers are in their late 20s. They're adults, and they're looking for something different."
And different they are — in "Playboy: The Mansion," (search) you schmooze with women at Playboy parties and try to convince them to pose for you. In "Singles: Flirt Up Your Life," (search) you share an apartment with a single person and try to start a relationship — straight or gay.
"These games aren't for kids," said Robert Goff, a program director at Konami, which just put out "Rumble Roses," which features women — clad, albeit scantily — wrestling in mud or oil.
While the new "skin" games carry a "Mature" rating, which means they're not for sale to anyone under 17, they're not necessarily for the more mature gamer.
In Vivendi Universal's "Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude," the object of the game is to bed as many as women as possible with the ultimate goal of building up enough confidence to go on a dating show called "Swingles."
The various "challenges" college student and lovable loser Larry has to overcome include doing well at the drinking game "Quarters" and not sticking his foot in his mouth while trying to pick up women, who are "all very attractive," O'Neil said.
"It's intended to be sophomoric. It's kind of in the genre of the 'American Pie' movies," O'Neil said.
Not totally revealing, however. While there are topless and nude characters in the game, Xbox and PlayStation 2 censors won't allow full frontal nudity.
"There's no frontal nudity below the waist and no depictions of sexual intimacy," O'Neil said, adding that game designers still got their points across by making "strategic use of ferns and other things."