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A multi-award-winner with over a decade worth of high quality content featuring some of the hottest porn stars, old and young alike, in the biz.
Complete review published on 09.07.2012
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In keeping with their name, Digital Playground's tour boasts the finest in HD porn, shot with high-end digital cameras, and delivered to you in lifelike 1080p HD. The glossy teaser imagery certainly reflects high production standards, and also exhibits that no expense was spared when it came to the eye candy, either. We're presented with an all-star cast, featuring hot young talents like Jesse Jane, Riley Steele and Selena Rose, just to name a few. If the members area can hold a candle to these tour promises, then it's no wonder they've won so many awards.
Over 2389 videos about 100 minutes each (download and stream)
DRM: No restrictions
+ Full Movies, Multi-Bandwidth
iPod/PSP (1500kb/s, 640x480)
3rd Party Feeds, Bonus Sites, Model Index, Live Chat
The highly stylized look of the tour carried over into the members area. Once logged in I was greeted with a sexy black page, and enticed right away with a steamy banner for the scene of the month. Seeing Selena Rose riding a hard dick is tough to ignore, but I knew I had a job to do. Using every ounce of will-power I had, I managed to avert my gaze long enough for the spell to wear off, and for me to get a better look at the main page's layout.
The page is well organized, and gives members a nice picture of all the latest update activity with a nice calender, as well as links to the latest updates and even previews for ones that are still in the works. Just from a cursory examination of both, it's become absolutely clear that members here need not want for lack of updates. The main page practically screams activity, what with the consistent 6-8 updates per week — not to mention there's always at least a half dozen projects in the works. As great as all this looks and, indeed, actually is, I wish they'd put just a tad more effort in terms of navigation. The current browse tools — niche tags and the ability to filter by date, popularity, and number of views — and the very basic keyword search leave a lot to be desired. Especially for an archive that houses some 2389 scenes and counting.
Fortunately, the models index was spared this neglect. It actually features some of the most in-depth, accurate and up to date model pages around. The only thing that's missing is contact information for the models, but with the site undergoing constant improvements, I've no doubt we'll see some social networking links in the near future. And with babes like Jenna Haze, Lexi Belle, and Sasha Grey on the list, I'd expect nothing less.
It saddens me to say that one of the best parts of this site — its videos — is also, in a way, one of its biggest disappointments. We're presented with 2389 scenes, all available in 720p and 1080p HD, even lower bandwidth qualities for slow connections, yet there's not a single download option in sight. Instead we're limited to streaming through an embedded player. And as impressive as its many features are, I'd still like to download some of these scenes to my home computer. And I'm certain I'm not alone in that desire.
As is, if you want to get your hands on a permanent copy of one of these babies, you'll have to purchase a download or DVD copy. To be fair, though, a lot of people don't care about downloading and are more than happy to stream their scene, shoot their load, and move on. If that sounds like you, then I can't recommend this one enough.
There's just over 400 DVD titles available, which can be streamed in their feature-length, or can be viewed in smaller chunks via that scenes menu I was just mentioning. Expect a new title each week, and expect lots of hardcore scenes filled with condomless penetrations, raunchy threesomes, and a nice variety of fetish coverage. Also, scenes are well shot and lit, and multiple camera angles ensure you're always right there in the action — especially during those all-too-important money shots. On a side note, I really dig the fact that each video includes a trailer. In addition to being pretty cool, it also really helps narrow down the field when you're trying to find that perfect scene.
I didn't go into the photos section of the site with my hopes set too high since this site's main interest is obviously HD movies, but even so I was a bit letdown by what I found. There were around 150 images per set, and the JPEGs sported a pretty unimpressive 532 x 800 resolution. Worse still, aside from a rather basic slideshow we're given no other viewing options, whatsoever.
As far as extras go, Digital Playground started adding killer behind-the-scenes footage in March of 2002, and since that time they've amassed 217 candid videos, with more coming on a monthly basis. What's more, unlike most sites their "Cams" link actually leads to a page with some decent free action. Definitely worth a look. Of course, private shows cost extra, so have your wallet handy, friend.
Needless to say, fans of the Digital Playground brand will not be disappointed by the massive, easy to access archive of world-class porn stars and award-winning pornography. And though I must confess I personally would have preferred the choice of downloading these fine scenes, I suppose that glorious, lifelike HD streaming will have to do. An excellent all-around deal for those who like their porn and their porn stars to be top shelf, especially those who actually prefer streaming over downloading.
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