That's the idea behind the kissing controller, a project by Hye Yeon Nam, a student at Georgia Tech. With the controller, two players at a time control the path of an on-screen bowling ball with a long, passionate kiss.
For Nam, the kissing controller is a way to get a little more emotion into the devices she's used to working with.
The technology is relatively simple, though it sounds less than sexy when described. One partner, the man in the video, has a small magnet attached to his tongue with Fixodent. The other partner has a headset receiver that can monitor the movement of the tongue in her mouth's using the relative strength of the magnet. The controller feeds the information back to the game, and it controls the path of the ball.
When Nam came from South Korea to study at Georgia Tech seven years ago, she didn't play a lot of video games. But they were a part of the culture at college, and as she played more and more she found the controllers limiting. Even modern motion controls like Kinect and Wii seemed sort of empty.
"I wanted to show another way to use the body, but a new part of the body," she says. "And kissing is very special."
Like normal kissing, there's no exact formula for success. Every couple has their own way of doing it, and the best way to knock down those pins is to cooperate and go with what works. But you do have to move your tongue around at least a little.
"There is really no one rule to play this game better," says Nam. "So one of the things I'm curious about is to see is how people use different techniques to play the game."
It won't accept a quick peck, though -- to roll the ball, you must kiss for 20 seconds.