Japanese Porn Game Lampoons Rape Game Controversy

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Japanese Porn Game Lampoons Rape Game Controversy

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It was only a matter of time before characters in Japanese eroge started making fun of the firestorm over RapeLay in the games themselves.

It feels like I've recapped the furor surrounding Illusion Games' RapeLay so many times by now that you could gag a moose with my massive recap skills, but here goes again, in double-time: An Amazon.com listing for RapeLay caused outrage back in February, leading to a boycott called by a New York Councilor (despite it not being actually released over here). Rape games were banned in Japan, then they weren't, then they were again, then some eroge makers stopped letting Western viewers view their web sites, while others got around the regulations by just not calling them "rape games" anymore. Phew, you still with me? Good!

Given the fallout and the controversy, it was only a matter of time before the game makers started poking fun at the whole kerfuffle in their games. The following text appears at the beginning of Shinobiryuu, an eroge released in Japan last Friday (as translated by Canned Dog):

Declaration

This is a declaration made with the consensus of all the characters that appear in this story.

All the characters appearing in this game have gone through special training and all actions carried out are done on the basis of mutual agreement.

Even if you're a inhuman person who believes that fictional characters in creative works do not have human rights, please do not ignore this.

We also thank all the kind people who see a character in the story saying phrases such as "help me" and take it as a real call for help.

However, even though you are worrying for the characters in the story, these are all lines spoken from a script.

They are not saying all this from the bottom of their hearts. We are sorry that they have put in so much effort into their acting that some people will confuse it as something that is really happening.

This game is a fictional story.

If that little tongue-in-cheek disclaimer wasn't enough, the game also lampooned the hubbub in a conversation between two characters:

Surprised Suigen Ninja:
I've recently learnt something that surprised me

Listening Suigen Ninja:
What is it?

Surprised Suigen Ninja:
We, fictional characters, apparently have human rights.

Listening Suigen Ninja:
Huh?

Surprised Suigen Ninja:
There are apparently some special people that will get angry and show sympathy for us if we get raped. And they'll start lobbying for us too.

Listening Suigen Ninja:
Wow, we even can't do anything ourselves without a creator or a player but we have human rights

Surprised Suigen Ninja:
Surprising isn't it?

Listening Suigen Ninja:
Yeah. But since they acknowledge that we have human rights, I wonder if they'll acknowledge that we have the right to vote too. Our creators will work hard to do some political manipulation.

Surprised Suigen Ninja:
We can't be greedy. But well, since we have human rights we might as well suggest it.

Listening Suigen Ninja:
You're right

Surprised Suigen Ninja:
We're doing as we please. Please stop taking unneccessary actions.

Do you hear that? That's the sound of a buxom ninja girl in very tight fabric saying that people should "stop taking unnecessary actions," and obviously in no way reflects the feelings of the people making the game. Nope, not at all.

RapeLay is still the gift that keeps on giving to game journalists, almost a year later. God bless its perverted little soul.

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Well. Cant say they dont have a sense of humour...thats brilliant XD

That's easily the funniest thing I've seen in a long time. I applaud them.

Having that as in-game speech is genius, really they get kudos.

They're missing the point of why rape games are so controversial. I realise that's probably intentional, but still...

That's hilarious, I love it.

Funk once again proving that you are the only reliable news source when it comes to anything Japanese porn game related.

VERY funny. Awesome! Bravo!

only in japan

Well, light knows I'm still not a fan of rape in eroge, but that was a rather funny poke at the already hilarious overreactions.

That was awesome. I love a show/game that pokes fun at itself. Reminds me of a VGCats comic.

I give this thread A++

If the Japanesse are happy with Rape games why are we so bent out of shape?

Too funny.

Dare I ask how you got all this dialogue information, Funk? The interwebz... or experience?

That's actually very funny.....

But also makes me want to punch the scriptwriter.

Mixed emotions here......

I'll just finish this statement with... "Oh Japan..."

Brilliant play there, the Lionel Messi of public relations

talk about universal suffrage..

That title has 4 words that intrest me so much. I couldnt click fast enough!
lol at the decloration. What a way to cover up their tracks!

That's just brilliant, the disclaimer is so cinic! But I doubt that's the last we'll hear about rape games...

hURR dURR dERP:
They're missing the point of why rape games are so controversial. I realise that's probably intentional, but still...

not really.

people think fictional characters have rights too, whats there not to get?

if you think about it, every one of us FPS players are war criminals, you know, with the senseless genocide and disregard for the laws of war.

this time next year, if you play a rape game and the character yells 'help!' or 'no!'....or even 'SPOON!' you might get a swat team through the door.

also, how would shelters for exploited fictional characters look like? would they just be one giant hard-drive? or just individual ones with their own rooms?

on a serious note, I love how a game not being released in the United States caused this controversy, and believe me, translating such games is a pain in the ass, so even if you did finally get the game going, you still wont know what the hell they are saying.

and YES, I do enjoy the stories and plots!

haha that is pretty hilarious. I don't see how they get away with it. But maybe that's just because I'm used to living in a 'censored' society where many things are deemed inappropriate

Give video game characters equal rights! They deserve a vote just as much as you! Rise up, oppressed brethren, and overthrow the shackles of inequality!

Or something.

thats really funny.
kudos to them for sticken it to the man

I really only have this to say.

Well I guess this is growing up.

It is hilarious through it all that when it hits the home one can perfectly introduce the argument and have a discussion about the controversy and what it can mean. It shows that not only the people in the video game industry have grown but also the content to be able to understand and express viewpoints even if the content is controversial.

NeutralDrow:
Well, light knows I'm still not I'm still not a fan of rape in eroge, but that was a rather funny poke at the already hilarious overreactions.

Yeah this sums it up for me to.

Its a very touchy mindefield to walk across.

Kalezian:
not really.

people think fictional characters have rights too, whats there not to get?

Admittedly, I did not read the most-assuredly BS-laden outpouring of indignation by our country's fine politicians regarding eroge, but I don't think that's the crux of the rape-game issue at all. If that line of argument (human rights for video game characters!) became the debate, then by all means, that's just moronic and they deserve to be lambasted.

I guess what makes me uncomfortable about the entire situation is that rape is one of those few human acts that is pretty much always bad. There are justified reasons to kill and steal. There is even some serious moral debate regarding torture. (Among philosophers, not politicians.) But there's no ethically justifiable reason to rape, ever. It's (at best) cruel punishment (raping a terrible criminal, for example), and at worst a horrendous violation of someone's person. I just can't really think of any way of having rape be a player-initiated action that's not going to be messy.

Maybe this is too serious for this thread, I dunno. I think it's a pretty funny jab on the developer's part, but the underlying issue--player-initiated rape in video games--still leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth.

Thats pretty cool how the game designers did that...

spectheintro:
I just can't really think of any way of having rape be a player-initiated action that's not going to be messy.

Maybe this is too serious for this thread, I dunno. I think it's a pretty funny jab on the developer's part, but the underlying issue--player-initiated rape in video games--still leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth.

you're really going to end that post with those three sentences.......

do I even need to go there?

but I agree, rape is never funny, unless its either given by or given to a clown, then its hilarious. But the genius of games is that they are not reality. they let us do things we couldnt do in real life, like kill people by jumping off of tall buildings, ram a car head-on into a school bus, or even go to school........god damn Bully, only thing I hated about that game, but see what Im trying to get at?

also, its japan, rape is like "hello, how are you?" over there.

The premise of the game is sick and wrong, (giving the player a chance to rape japanese women and children) but that tongue-in-cheek disclaimer brought a tear or two to my eye.

LOL. Ah those crazy Japanese... where would gaming be without them!

spectheintro:
[still leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth.

That's what she said

On a serious note Rape is never funny

Kalezian:

hURR dURR dERP:
They're missing the point of why rape games are so controversial. I realise that's probably intentional, but still...

not really.

people think fictional characters have rights too, whats there not to get?

if you think about it, every one of us FPS players are war criminals, you know, with the senseless genocide and disregard for the laws of war.

Heh, yeah that's more or less what I meant.

Violent games aren't controversial because they're crimes against virtual characters, but because they allow the player to play out said crimes (in a virtual environment, sure, but the (poorly substantiated) claim is that such things can lead to the player doing similar things in the real world. The same goes for these rape games; the controversy isn't that virtual characters are being abused, but that this might lead some people to abuse others in real life.

These game makers are acting as if the reason these games are controversial is that they are violating the rights of virtual characters, which is just silly. Not even the Jack Thompsons of this world would make such a claim. As I said, I realise they're probably doing this on purpose just for laughs, but I just wanted to point that out.

The controversy is obviously not over the treatment of fictional characters, it's about what it represents. The same is true of any and all media, the stories are depictions of mostly fictional events however, it is the method and purpose of the work that derives criticism.

For example, it is not illegal to think of commiting a crime but explaining that thought to someone could affect their view of you.

The problem with the game is that it is clearly misogynistic and deals with rape as though it is a subject of entertainment as opposed to a sickening crime against humanity.

My problem with Rapelay was never the game itself, or even that some people may have used it as fap material. My issue was that a significant number thought all eroge were like Rapelay, which is just not true at all. There's a terrible trend for people to take the worst of a genre and declare that all items of that genre ARE the worst.

spectheintro:

I guess what makes me uncomfortable about the entire situation is that rape is one of those few human acts that is pretty much always bad. There are justified reasons to kill and steal. There is even some serious moral debate regarding torture. (Among philosophers, not politicians.) But there's no ethically justifiable reason to rape, ever. It's (at best) cruel punishment (raping a terrible criminal, for example), and at worst a horrendous violation of someone's person. I just can't really think of any way of having rape be a player-initiated action that's not going to be messy.

You know what's worse than rape? DEATH. Specially murdering innocents, but murdering anyone in general really... How much of that is there in videogames again?

On my average play of games like Prototype or GTA I likely kill more innocent people than WWII did. According to the same backwards logic that worries most people who give a shit about this kind of thing, I'm very likely a mass murderer. I mean, I've been playing these games for years! If a rape game turns people into rapists, then murder games should turn people into murderers...

...Well shit, I'm not exactly murdering people left and right... It was only that one hooker in the back of the van... And only because she bit me... So much for that theory uh!

There's no reason people shouldn't get to play videogames in which they kill, murder, rape, torture, french kiss or... whatever... It's a game.

Funny enough how some of the world's biggest murderers never got access to videogames! Kind of makes you wonder, maybe if they did they would have taken their frustration out on xXCuntB4g90Xx instead of average Joe next door.

Cheers to the creators of Shinobiryuu, that's hilarious.

I will never understand why some people feel they have the right to decide what should or should not be permitted in electronic entertainment. If you don't like the game, don't buy it.

Some people are turned on by rape, fact of life, similar to how most people in this thread (including myself) enjoy slaughtering thousands of people in video games.

Now, unless you can provide some stats that tell me that people 'playing' rape games results in them becoming more likely to rape someone, you're doing a Jack Thompson in basing your viewpoint on assumptions.

Yeah, it would be nicer if rape games didn't exist, but they do, and a decent argument needs to be formed instead of the 'rape is bad and illegal so rape games are bad and should be illegal' rubbish.

Creative freedom and all that.

Oh, and I lol'd at that text.

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