The year was 1993: Bill Clinton had just been elected president, Tag Team's "Whoomp! (There It Is)" was climbing to the top of the charts, and the CD-ROM (compact disc read-only memory) had barely hit the market when a company called Interotica released the very first interactive porn CD-ROM. The adult game, called "Nightwatch Interactive," let players control a voyeuristic security guard who could navigate between TV monitors to peep on sexy scenes unfolding around the building.

In this early digital porn artifact, video quality was choppy and the interactivity was limited. But within a year of its release, "Nightwatch Interactive" had become one of the 10 best-selling CD-ROMS. A 1993 article from the Los Angeles Times noted that while the CD-ROM market was still in its infancy, pornographic discs such as "Nightwatch Interactive" were "selling like hot cakes