Hit the Bitch: A Domestic Violence Videogame

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Hit the Bitch: A Domestic Violence Videogame

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A Danish support group for victims of domestic violence has released Hit the Bitch, a Flash game that teaches people about the evils of beating the crap out of women by letting them beat the crap out of women.

Ever see A Clockwork Orange? In it, Malcolm McDowell is "cured" of his violent, predatory impulses through a program of concentrated aversion therapy that includes exposure to images of extreme violence and depravity. That same principle is apparently behind Hit the Bitch, a game from Danish NGO for Children Exposed to Violence at Home, in which players use their mouse (or their own hands, if they're webcam-equipped) to smack around a woman.

As the beating continues, the player's rating will move from "100 percent pussy" to "100 percent gangsta," at which point the game ends. I wasn't able to try it myself (currently, only users from Denmark can actually play) but screenshots indicate that the woman's face will grow increasingly banged up as the game continues. When it finally comes to a finish, with the woman crumpled tearfully on the floor, the game calls players a "100 percent idiot" and issues a "scolding in Danish."

Despite its negative portrayal of domestic violence, Jezebel.com criticized the game for its "inescapable sexualization" of abuse. "This game is saturated with the sexy-violence meme, from the woman's cute clubbing outfit (complete with a short leather skirt) to the post-hit pouty face she makes (before her face is completely bruised that is)," the site said. "The project is way too glamorized and stylized to have the impact the organization hoped. Instead, the project ends up reinforcing the idea that violence is sexy, while allowing their ultimate message to fall to the wayside."

Furthermore, according to AdFreak, it also falls short by imposing relatively light consequences, even in a gaming sense, for pummeling a woman senseless. "Getting called a '100% idiot' at the end doesn't feel like much of a rebuke," it said. "Perhaps you're supposed to feel guilty, like a real-life abuser might, for continuing to hit the woman just to see what happens next?"

No matter how sternly it ends, I just can't see this as a good idea. Some people will find Hit the Bitch disturbing while others, sadly, will be momentarily amused by it, but as an educational tool it's value is very near zero. Games can be fantastic teaching tools but they're all about positive reinforcement, something entirely inappropriate for a subject like domestic violence.

via: GamePolitics

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Aww man i cant play it in the UK. I dont think i would of enjoyed it even if i did..

Oh thats just lovely.

Why did anyone think this was a good idea? I fear a backlash, a la Rapelay.

I think they need to re-release it with Havoc physics and destructable terrain.

Come on guys, it's only a game... right? You have to admit the pussy/gangsta scale is pretty funny.

Well doesn't seem like a flash game that will get people up in arms...

100% Gansta, that's hilarious.

This doesn't look like it would convey the right message at all. Remember, the "gangstas" are all the people whose parents couldn't afford an abortion, and they are right at the intelligence level which would imitate this so they can be "gangsta" irl, which is to say, 0.

Roommate played it. We didn't understand what was going on though, thanks to a lack of the ability to speak Danish.

this is like curing drug addicts by giving them drugs until they dont crave it

Wow.....

Seriously who honestly thought this was a good idea, let alone a good way to educate people about domestic violence?

Yes, I can see this working...

All this will do is bring unnecessary attention (if some journalist who can't get their facts straight finds out). Not much, but its still stupid.

Well... apparently you can only hit a bitch in Denmark. It wouldn't let me play due to a traffic increase.

Wheres "Operation Auschwitz: Mengele Fun?" Germany, you are falling behind in the horrific games race!

Aww, I wanna play. Frickin' U.K..*grumbles*

Wow...just wow.

We've had flash games like this for years. They usually involve humiliating, beating and/or killing Britney Spears.

This is nothing new.

Jon Etheridge:
Well... apparently you can only hit a bitch in Denmark. It wouldn't let me play due to a traffic increase.

I know they could cause an uprising of domestic violence in every other country as we strive to play our home version of this being deprived of the online game.

Its so unfair that I can't play this right now. It looks like a lot of fun.

This seems counter-productive to me. Also if they're going for something like in A Clockwork Orange, they need to introduce some harsher consequence for hitting the uh, "bitch". Something like giving the player a little electrical shock through the mouse maybe.

hURR dURR dERP:
*cough*

http://nigoro.jp/game/rosecamellia/rosecamellia.php

Honestly, that's more fun than Too Human.

.....that's awful.

I can't believe there are self-respecting men in the world who would play th--oh wait, yes I can. Who am I kidding?

*Sigh* Another reason to be a proud Dane... Alongside with the commercial from VisitDenmark... I fail to see how this should help, just like i failed to see how the commercial should present Danish women as "strong", "independent" and "responssible"...

...really?...

Is the sequel going to be a make-up sex sim?

Sounds like they saw the "you are fags" ending to Guitar Hero in South Park & thought a similar principle might work in a domestic abuse simulator :/

Actually, if you really understand the mechanics of what is being done, the game is really quite compelling.

First, lets deal with some assumptions.

1) In Denmark at least, gangsta lifestyle includes a lot of domestic violence.
2) People pursue the gangsta lifestyle because it is percieved as cool or popular.
3) Ergo, people beat women to be cool or popular.

Alright, so we start playing the game and we notice we're 100% pussy. Also, the chick on screen is kind of mouthy. (I guess? Dont speak Danish... just going off of how things sound/look). So we smack her once.

There isnt a lot of visible damage and she's not hurt too bad, but we're less of a pussy, so, because we're all action -> reward gamers, we hit her again. Repeat this.

Eventually we get to a point where she's really hurting and looks awful and is pleading for us to stop...

and yet, we hit her again, because we're so close to 100% gangsta, and we want to see what happens. We're committed to our previous choices, so we can't turn back. Hit hit hit.

So I think the commentary is that for the people who fall into the gangsta lifestyle, it becomes difficult to stop once they've started because of the way theyre percieved as more gangsta for beating their 'bitch'. More than that though, I think its pointing out that we're all susecptible to that sort of behavior.

At the end, where you are called a 100% idiot (SPOILER SPOILER), I think the message is that we should change our perceptions of what is cool. "Gangsta" isn't something to be desired, its a bad thing and Denmarkian perceptions of gangsta as cool (or gangsta as women-beaters) needs to change. Its not so much an assault on DV itself, as it is on a culture that perpetuates DV.

this can't be any more disturbing than shooting someone in the face in other games.

Personally, I think that anyone who gets 100% gangsta should get a cricket bat straight to the 'nads. Or just shot through the head. That's gangsta life for you right there.

Well, if there was any controversy to be found, it should rather be about the sexism of this game - what about the (small amount of) men (manbitches?) getting hit by women, now there's a taboo for you, even in Denmark (which is extremely liberal). Having indiscriminately murdered vast amounts of random bystanders in GTA4, male of female, I don't see any potential for controversy in a game which lets you apply non-lethal violence to one person, then scolds you for doing so in the end. While it is no better to hit a girlfriend than a random equally innocent stranger, it is certainly no worse either.

Oh my... no, just no!

Why would you punch them in the face? Kidney jabs are more easily concealed...

Doubt it would work though, the kind of people who would hit their partners are the kind of people to find this funny, however it deter the people who wouldn't do it anyway... Making it pointless.

There is so much wrong with this. If it's indeed, a sincere attempt at educating Danes and discouraging domestic violence, I don't even know where to begin. It even plays into (hetero)sexist norms by having the woman be attractive and wear sexy clothes, and by using the term "bitch" to refer to her.

It's hard to tell from this account, but does she ever fight back or say anything? If she is also voiceless and passive, that's another two layers of wrong.

... This is quite possibly the stupidest thing I have ever heard of.
Excuse me while I go bash my head aganst a wall for six straight hours.

dmccune:
Actually, if you really understand the mechanics of what is being done, the game is really quite compelling.

First, lets deal with some assumptions.

1) In Denmark at least, gangsta lifestyle includes a lot of domestic violence.
2) People pursue the gangsta lifestyle because it is percieved as cool or popular.
3) Ergo, people beat women to be cool or popular.

Alright, so we start playing the game and we notice we're 100% pussy. Also, the chick on screen is kind of mouthy. (I guess? Dont speak Danish... just going off of how things sound/look). So we smack her once.

There isnt a lot of visible damage and she's not hurt too bad, but we're less of a pussy, so, because we're all action -> reward gamers, we hit her again. Repeat this.

Eventually we get to a point where she's really hurting and looks awful and is pleading for us to stop...

and yet, we hit her again, because we're so close to 100% gangsta, and we want to see what happens. We're committed to our previous choices, so we can't turn back. Hit hit hit.

So I think the commentary is that for the people who fall into the gangsta lifestyle, it becomes difficult to stop once they've started because of the way theyre percieved as more gangsta for beating their 'bitch'. More than that though, I think its pointing out that we're all susecptible to that sort of behavior.

At the end, where you are called a 100% idiot (SPOILER SPOILER), I think the message is that we should change our perceptions of what is cool. "Gangsta" isn't something to be desired, its a bad thing and Denmarkian perceptions of gangsta as cool (or gangsta as women-beaters) needs to change. Its not so much an assault on DV itself, as it is on a culture that perpetuates DV.

Really thats what gangsta lifestyle is in Denmark. Sere in the States it's mostly about selling drugs occasionally shooting people and buying stupidly oversized rims for your car. What a strange place Denmark seems.

Wha...
Uhm...
I... I have no words. Except: this is incredibly stupid and will never work.

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