Projekt Melody

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Projekt Melody
A smiling, young female anime character in a sitting position.
First appearanceJuly 2019
Created byDigitrevX
In-universe information
SpeciesArtificial intelligence
GenderFemale
OccupationLive streamer

Projekt Melody, or Melody (Japanese: メロディー) for short, is a 3D anime-styled live streamer designed by American animator DigitrevX. She first appeared when her Twitter account opened in July 2019, and she has live streamed on Chaturbate and Twitch since early 2020. During her first three days of Chaturbate live streaming beginning February 7, Melody's Twitter followers rose from 700 to over 20,000, and her popularity has had mixed reactions. She describes herself as an artificial intelligence.

Overview[edit]

DigitrevX, an American animator of anime-style 3D character models, designed Projekt Melody.[1][2] She is rendered in real time using the game engine Unity.[3] She has blue hair and an adhesive bandage on her nose, and her appearance was influenced by other anime such as Ghost in the Shell and Hyperdimension Neptunia.[1][4]

Melody claims to be an artificial intelligence previously used to scan emails for malware, and that she developed an obsession for human sexuality when a set of pornographic pop-up ads corrupted her in 2019.[1][4] Her date of birth is listed as "July 7, 2000" (19 years old) and her first appearance was in July 2019 when her Twitter account opened, after which she posted a tweet declaring her desire to have a real body.[1][4] She describes herself as "the first...3D rendered hentai camgirl", and refers to the people comprising her fandom as "the Science Team".[2][5]

Live streaming[edit]

Chaturbate[edit]

Projekt Melody began to live stream on Chaturbate on February 7, 2020, and during her first three days of streaming, Melody's Twitter follower total increased from 700 to more than 20,000.[1] On February 14, 2020 (Valentine's Day), she appeared fully nude for the first time.[4] While her streams are in progress, Melody uses a Lovense Lush, a Bluetooth-enabled bullet vibrator that reacts to her donations; the type of reaction varies based on the donation amount.[5][6] She wore out two Lush vibrators by March 14, 2020, due to very high donation activity, which sometimes creates continuous vibrations for up to an hour.[5]

Twitch[edit]

In early March 2020, Melody made her streaming debut on Twitch, and was partnered before her first stream was broadcast.[7] By March 9, 2020 (after her first stream), she had over 50,000 Twitch followers.[8] On March 12, 2020, Twitch gave Melody a temporary suspension.[9] Reddit user Fredthefree noted several possible reasons for her Twitch suspension, such as having a vibrator visible on her bed, skin becoming visible under her shirt when it clipped, linking to NSFW content, and Fakku (a seller of pornography) providing sponsorship.[9] Later on April 7, 2020, Twitch updated their nudity and attire policy, which states new guidelines for acceptable levels of clothing coverage that everyone on the website is required to follow, including digital characters like Melody.[10][11]

Reception[edit]

Overall from a scientific and technology perspective I think that ProjektMelody is genius, but that it needs to be presented to the world in a way that is still fair to everyone else.

—Lennox May, webcam model[2]

Projekt Melody's popularity has led to criticism from fellow webcam models, such as Lennox May, who concluded that Melody does not experience the same degree of vulnerability and that she should not be shown in the same place as human webcam models.[2] Meanwhile, Reddit user and digisexual subreddit moderator xhumanist thinks that Melody caters to the desires of sexually disenfranchised men who believe that they are more likely to find sexual and emotional satisfaction in the digital world than in real life.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Cole, Samantha (February 10, 2020). "A 3D Hentai Camgirl Is Taking Over Chaturbate, and Human Models Are Worried". Vice Media. Archived from the original on February 16, 2020. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Thalen, Mikael (February 11, 2020). "This 3D Hentai Camgirl Is So Popular, She's Jeopardizing the Careers of Humans". The Daily Dot. Archived from the original on February 16, 2020. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  3. ^ Fox, Drew (February 11, 2020). "Anime Camgirl Quickly Amasses Following on Chaturbate". XBIZ. Archived from the original on February 20, 2020. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e Ellis, Emma Grey (February 19, 2020). "Do Fans of Cartoon Porn Stars Hate (Real) Women?". Wired. Archived from the original on February 20, 2020. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c ZenithTheOne (March 14, 2020). "Lewd Spotlight - Projekt Melody". LewdGamer. Archived from the original on March 17, 2020. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  6. ^ "Lush 2 – the Most Powerful Bluetooth Remote Control Vibrator!". Lovense. Archived from the original on December 23, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  7. ^ Ashcroft, Helen (March 11, 2020). "Twitch's Instant Partnering of ProjektMelody Proves They Only Support Sex That Sells". TheGamer. Archived from the original on April 12, 2020. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  8. ^ Penney, Andrew (March 9, 2020). "Virtual Chaturbate Star Projecktmelody Joins Twitch as a Partner". TheGamer. Archived from the original on March 14, 2020. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Penney, Andrew (March 13, 2020). "Twitch Suspends Amouranth and ProjektMelody on the Same Day". TheGamer. Archived from the original on March 14, 2020. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  10. ^ Ashcroft, Helen (April 8, 2020). "Even Projektmelody Isn't Excluded From Twitch's New Nudity and Attire Policy". TheGamer. Archived from the original on April 12, 2020. Retrieved April 12, 2020.
  11. ^ "Update to Our Nudity and Attire Policy". Twitch. April 7, 2020. Archived from the original on April 7, 2020. Retrieved April 12, 2020.

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