Hotline Miami 2 Devs Remove "Rape Scene" From Demo

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carnex:
Here we go again... I havent read whole thread, read some of the firs page and some of the last. Too much time needed for me

1) I can imagine quite a few things more traumatic than rape. I have seen consequences of non-rape actions. Shell-shocked baby that, for years, hided under the table on every loud sound, woman beaten up and left in the snow unable to move, paralyzed at age of 34, quicklime poured down the throar, quicklime thrown into eyes... compared to these rape doesn't look quite up for the title of worst. Add to that huge numbers of civilians loosing body parts to accidents or long forgotten war remains. Like getting your leg is blown off or your arm shredded in cogs of machine. Those are quite more traumatic I would say.
Plus when you ark person would they rather be raped or killed, i suspect rape would be preferred option in most cases

2) 4 in 1 rape rate was tracked down to a book written in sixties by prominent member of then "female liberation" movement. Book never referenced any source and prior citation was never found. That really stinks of BS, especially when researches, adjusted by factor of 10 to allow for 1 in 10 report rate suggest less than 1% of females sexually violated in their life time.

But all that doesn't make rape deplorable crime that robs person of basic feeling of control of one's life and can lead to many psychological complications.

Never the less, it is my firm belief that censorship is not an option. Author must be free to fulfill his vision, unchanged and untouched. It is artist's duty to ignore any taboos and social "wisdoms" whenever they stand in the way of his narration.

This is only medium where this discussion is seen which proves that people don't think about games as something that has potential to be work of art, nor that game designers are artists. If they did we wouldn't have this discussions. And I see that as sad. Games are unique medium that incorporates all others but adds another layer over it, interactivity, which dwarfs all other aspects. Games like Papers Please, Spec Ops: The Line and Planescape Torment explore themes other mediums explored but could never affect us like interactive medium can. This medium has potential like nothing before it, and with new technologies like truly encompassing VR (oculus rift) and AR (rumored next gen Google glasses with lens projection) possibilities simply go far beyond my capability to imagine.

And yet we would castrate medium in it's infancy. Weren't all previous controversial mediums enough to learn anything? This medium already does more to protect it's audience with content warnings on packaging. Should not that be enough or was that enough to discredit games as artistic medium?

Could not have said it better myself. Also thank you for bringing up the 1 in 4 thing. I get so tired of seeing that statistic thrown around with zero evidence to back it up and anyone who questions it is usually just dismissed with claims of misogyny.

i think i understand the mentality of the people that said rape is worst than murder:

they hear rape victims speak and explain their experience so they empathize with them.
they dont hear murder victims complain about been murder so they cant empathize.

so thats why they consider that rape is worst that murder, and if you dont think this is true, give me a better explanation of why been alive and traumatize is worst that been dead (you know the last stop, the point of not return, were you dont exist anymore, etc.. etc..)

carnex:

But all that doesn't make rape deplorable crime that robs person of basic feeling of control of one's life and can lead to many psychological complications.

My bad, forgot to write in few words. I've fixed it to

But all that doesn't make rape any less of deplorable crime that robs person of basic feeling of control of one's life and can lead to many psychological complications.

Zachary Amaranth:
Thankfully, everyone who is set off by one thing is set off by everything else, so this is a fair and accurate statement.

If you can slaughter people with reckless abandon but a rape scene troubles you, you've got bigger problems you need to sort out than making sure video games cater to your needs.

If we continue to worry about the wants of people who are offended by digital media, we will never grow as a medium.

I think he puts it best when he says

"To those people who genuinely care about triggers, let me ask you a question: do you care about war veterans with PTSD who get triggered by images of guns and weapons or violence in the media? Do you feel bad when you play a game that has guns in it... knowing that somewhere they might be triggering someone? Or what about someone who has gone through any trauma? Do you believe that all triggers for them should be censored too?"

Trilligan:

Olikar:
Which is irrelevant because you said rape was something that women face and fear on a daily basis, not sexual harassment nor domestic abuse.

Since sexual harassment and domestic abuse are things that commonly and primarily affect women, I'd say the prevalence of those two phenomena is quite relevant to the existence of male privilege.

Again you can't accurately say it primary effects women, and it still has no relevance to your ludicrous claims that women are at constant day to day fear of rape in the western world.

An offensive joke that fails to be funny is just offensive. If your joke causes offense and not laughter, then your joke is a failure, and you need better material.

Yes but that has nothing to with being offensive but the joke being crap, if a joke was offensive but funny it would have succeeded as a joke.

In any case. Censorship is the act of a governing body, and its mechanism is law.

Ha perhaps you should actually read up on what constitutes censorship.

It speaks directly to the issue at hand, which is your lack of empathy and inability to admit that other people don't have the same privilege you have.

And this is exactly my point, you claim our lack of empathy with their position is down to privilege (or our inability to see past our privilege.) and not the down the fact we simply disagree with them on core issues. You have no reason to assume it is down to privilege (in fact you can't even assume I myself am privileged since you know almost nothing about me.) and you only do so because it allows you to dismiss our opinions as privilege bias. In reality it has nothing to with privilege, I simply disagree with that sort of ideology and in fact there are issues where I feel I would be characterized as non-privileged where I would still condemn people calling for censorship.

Imp Emissary:
Really? Rape is only seen as a big deal because it's a "mostly women's issue"?

The U.S. Military would disagree.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/20/victims-of-sex-assaults-in-military-are-mostly-sil/?page=all

In 2012, 26,000 rapes. 12,000 women, and 14,000 men.

Rape is an issue for everyone. Men and women. It doesn't matter who gets raped more. Anyone who thinks otherwise, isn't connected to reality.

As for them keeping it in the game? It's there choice in the end. If they really think they need it, they'll keep it.

"The US Military would disagree" well...not to be rude or anything, but no shit dude, in that very same article you will see this:

The survey determined that 26,000 service members were victims of sexual assault last year, based on the 6.1 percent of female and 1.2 percent of male respondents who claimed to have suffered such abuse. With an active-duty force of 200,000 women and 1.2 million men, that amounts to roughly 12,000 female victims and 14,000 male victims.

This is further skewed by the existence of entire frontline/combat divisions which have zero women, the ONLY sexual assault reports coming out of those divisions will be male ones. But despite the whopping population different between the genders, the proportion of women being assaulted (compared to their population) is still over 5 times higher than males.
But then you'll probably say "well it says a lot of males don't report it", and then this turns into a completely other kind of discussion because we no longer have concrete numbers, etc .

Here's just a random google result on the male vs female rape ratios from a less biased population (i.e. not dominated by 1 gender and skewing the hell out of stats):
http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2013/jan/11/male-female-rape-statistics-graphic

Now about statistics, lets get back to the thread about Hotline Miami 2 :)

Whilst I do agree on the decision the devs here made, it wasn't the best idea to present this without context.

I really don't understand how people can say that murder and rape are so very different.

I've lived for a year in South Africa, a country with murder rates through the roof, and let me tell you, some of the stories I've heard...

Do you honestly believe that a rape victim feels any more powerless and traumatized than a man who just found out that three days before his wedding his fiancee was shot and killed during a burglary? I'm not making that up, that happened. You believe he doesn't feel powerless? His free will completely stripped? He doesn't have his normal desires completely poisoned? He doesn't feel like that was extremely personal and horrifying?

Because that's what real murder is like. It does leave survivors. It leaves friends and family completely devastated, powerless and forever affected.

And if I'm honest, although I'll probably piss some people off, if you ask any of those survivors if they'd suffer a brutal rape in return for that murder never having happened? Well... I know what I'd pick...

I'd never actually seen social justice bloggers in action before this thread, and I'm pretty appalled by what I see. You're so caught up in wordplay and political "theory" you've lost sight of any actual meaning. Rape and murder are both terrible, disgusting crimes. Neither can be condoned in real life. And for all the people who are about to get on my case, note I said "murder". Not killing. Killing can be justified in rare circumstances. Murder cannot and is a crime by definition.

But we're talking about real life. In the world of fiction, anything can happen. And not everything that happens is pretty. Terrible things happen to innocent characters, but that's what fiction is. Conflict, and the overcoming of it. Drama. If the stories lacked weight and were all sugarfests we would get sick of them. Sometimes murders happen. Sometimes rape happens. But it's the creator's choice to implement those things in their stories. It's also their choice to change them like this team, but it is not something that anyone but the creator should decide. If you are offended by what you see or read, fine. It's your right. So look away. If it isn't a story you enjoy then don't follow it.

Yuuki:

Imp Emissary:
Really? Rape is only seen as a big deal because it's a "mostly women's issue"?

The U.S. Military would disagree.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/20/victims-of-sex-assaults-in-military-are-mostly-sil/?page=all

In 2012, 26,000 rapes. 12,000 women, and 14,000 men.

Rape is an issue for everyone. Men and women. It doesn't matter who gets raped more. Anyone who thinks otherwise, isn't connected to reality.

As for them keeping it in the game? It's there choice in the end. If they really think they need it, they'll keep it.

"The US Military would disagree" well...not to be rude or anything, but no shit dude, in that very same article you will see this:

The survey determined that 26,000 service members were victims of sexual assault last year, based on the 6.1 percent of female and 1.2 percent of male respondents who claimed to have suffered such abuse. With an active-duty force of 200,000 women and 1.2 million men, that amounts to roughly 12,000 female victims and 14,000 male victims.

Despite the whopping population different between the genders, the proportion of women being assaulted (compared to their population) is over 5 times higher than males.
But then you'll probably say "well it says a lot of males don't report it", and then this turns into a completely other kind of discussion because we have to start making up numbers, etc .

Here's just a random google result on the male vs female rape ratios from a less biased population (i.e. not dominated by 1 gender and skewing the hell out of stats):
http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2013/jan/11/male-female-rape-statistics-graphic

Now enough about statistics, lets get back to the thread about Hotline Miami 2 :)

Saying "no shit" isn't very rude. Unless you write it like this: NO SHIT!
Anyway.

For someone saying "no shit", you seem to be unable to smell it when it's under your nose.

"Rape is an issue for everyone. Men and women. It doesn't matter who gets raped more."(<- The point of "the shit".)

Indeed. Women are more likely to get raped, but they are hardly alone.

As for Hotline Miami. I also said my bit about it already.

In the end the game's creators will decide to keep it or not. This isn't censorship. It's Dennaton Games hearing criticism of the Demo(not even the full game), and deciding to make changes to it of their own will.

And so the whiny butthurt social justice warriors, force another game that they probably weren't gonna play any way to change. WAY TO GO!

Hazy:

Zachary Amaranth:
Thankfully, everyone who is set off by one thing is set off by everything else, so this is a fair and accurate statement.

If you can slaughter people with reckless abandon but a rape scene troubles you, you've got bigger problems you need to sort out than making sure video games cater to your needs.

If we continue to worry about the wants of people who are offended by digital media, we will never grow as a medium.

I think he puts it best when he says

"To those people who genuinely care about triggers, let me ask you a question: do you care about war veterans with PTSD who get triggered by images of guns and weapons or violence in the media? Do you feel bad when you play a game that has guns in it... knowing that somewhere they might be triggering someone? Or what about someone who has gone through any trauma? Do you believe that all triggers for them should be censored too?"

What a great video. The amount of hypocrisy these people are displaying is astonishing. Honestly I hate to be closed minded but if you watch that video and still disagree you should feel ashamed at the double standard you are upholding.

Any time that anyone tries to protect me like I'm some delicate flower, I'm very much inclined to tell them to fuck off. Bring on the rape scenes, in the pursuit of being mature about storytelling in video games. Bring on the rape scenes, to help people become aware that shit doesn't fly.

But I'll tell you what right now. If people are too afraid of backlash and controversy to depict things that might bring up some bad memories, then they shouldn't be making games for mature audiences in the first place. I hate with a passion each and every single person who has a kneejerk reaction to the very mention of rape, because you're just dragging us back. And as for that prize fool that dared, that flipping DARED to insinuate that rape is worse than murder needs to be removed from the internet and have his freedom of speech rights removed.

I'm so fucking happy that I'd alive and raped instead of DEAD and raped, you moron.

Robert Marrs:

Hazy:

Zachary Amaranth:
Thankfully, everyone who is set off by one thing is set off by everything else, so this is a fair and accurate statement.

If you can slaughter people with reckless abandon but a rape scene troubles you, you've got bigger problems you need to sort out than making sure video games cater to your needs.

If we continue to worry about the wants of people who are offended by digital media, we will never grow as a medium.

I think he puts it best when he says

"To those people who genuinely care about triggers, let me ask you a question: do you care about war veterans with PTSD who get triggered by images of guns and weapons or violence in the media? Do you feel bad when you play a game that has guns in it... knowing that somewhere they might be triggering someone? Or what about someone who has gone through any trauma? Do you believe that all triggers for them should be censored too?"

What a great video. The amount of hypocrisy these people are displaying is astonishing. Honestly I hate to be closed minded but if you watch that video and still disagree you should feel ashamed at the double standard you are upholding.

I haven't watched the video and I can't right now but I want to take a guess at it's contents.

Ahem "Why should game developers remove things that upset you when you clearly don't care about the people who get upset over the violence in each and every modern GTA game (and both Hotline Miamis while we're at it)"

Am I off the mark?

Father Time:

Robert Marrs:

Hazy:

If you can slaughter people with reckless abandon but a rape scene troubles you, you've got bigger problems you need to sort out than making sure video games cater to your needs.

If we continue to worry about the wants of people who are offended by digital media, we will never grow as a medium.

I think he puts it best when he says

"To those people who genuinely care about triggers, let me ask you a question: do you care about war veterans with PTSD who get triggered by images of guns and weapons or violence in the media? Do you feel bad when you play a game that has guns in it... knowing that somewhere they might be triggering someone? Or what about someone who has gone through any trauma? Do you believe that all triggers for them should be censored too?"

What a great video. The amount of hypocrisy these people are displaying is astonishing. Honestly I hate to be closed minded but if you watch that video and still disagree you should feel ashamed at the double standard you are upholding.

I haven't watched the video and I can't right now but I want to take a guess at it's contents.

Ahem "Why should game developers remove things that upset you when you clearly don't care about the people who get upset over the violence in each and every modern GTA game (and both Hotline Miamis while we're at it)"

Am I off the mark?

Pretty much spot on. The PTSD thing is the most important point I think as someone already said. If you are so worried about rape and how it might be a trigger for rape victims why the silence on veterans who might be triggered by the swarm of movies and video games with guns and violence? The fact is these people don't care until it affects them and I feel like that should invalidate anything they have to say. If you don't care about anyone but yourselves why should anyone care about you?

Robert Marrs:

Father Time:

Robert Marrs:

What a great video. The amount of hypocrisy these people are displaying is astonishing. Honestly I hate to be closed minded but if you watch that video and still disagree you should feel ashamed at the double standard you are upholding.

I haven't watched the video and I can't right now but I want to take a guess at it's contents.

Ahem "Why should game developers remove things that upset you when you clearly don't care about the people who get upset over the violence in each and every modern GTA game (and both Hotline Miamis while we're at it)"

Am I off the mark?

Pretty much spot on. The PTSD thing is the most important point I think as someone already said. If you are so worried about rape and how it might be a trigger for rape victims why the silence on veterans who might be triggered by the swarm of movies and video games with guns and violence? The fact is these people don't care until it affects them and I feel like that should invalidate anything they have to say. If you don't care about anyone but yourselves why should anyone care about you?

And this is where some people start making up reasons why these kinds of games cause real world harm and that it really isn't just them trying to get all games to cater to their tastes, honest. Oh I'm sure some people honestly believe it, especially with media that's new to them, but I'm betting a lot of it can be traced back to someone making stuff up and other people believed it because it fits with hating something they already hate. There certainly isn't much solid evidence that this stuff is harmful, to my knowledge anyway.

its called artistic expression, things like this dont get changed in other forms of art, but why video games?

SushiJaguar:
Any time that anyone tries to protect me like I'm some delicate flower, I'm very much inclined to tell them to fuck off. Bring on the rape scenes, in the pursuit of being mature about storytelling in video games. Bring on the rape scenes, to help people become aware that shit doesn't fly.

But I'll tell you what right now. If people are too afraid of backlash and controversy to depict things that might bring up some bad memories, then they shouldn't be making games for mature audiences in the first place. I hate with a passion each and every single person who has a kneejerk reaction to the very mention of rape, because you're just dragging us back. And as for that prize fool that dared, that flipping DARED to insinuate that rape is worse than murder needs to be removed from the internet and have his freedom of speech rights removed.

I'm so fucking happy that I'd alive and raped instead of DEAD and raped, you moron.

You mean you're a rape victim who thinks murder is worse than rape, AND you don't get triggered by seeing fictional rape depicted in a video game! Wow! The way these social justice warriors talk you'd think that type of person didn't exist.

Hey what pisses you off more someone using rape to describe a colossal victory over someone else (as in we raped those guys in Halo) or these people who act like having rape in a video games is disrespecting to rape victims?

Either way it's really tempting to rub you into their face, I'm worried that using you as a trump card in an argument might be disrespectful (which is something they don't worry about but still).

Rutskarn:
Somehow I know how this is going to play out.

"Hey, look, I liked Hotline Miami a lot, but when I saw the demo...it brought back a lot of horrible things, alright? It made me relive the worst day of my life. I just thought you should know."

"Oh, shit, we didn't want to do that. I mean, we're fucking game makers. We want people to have fun, not relive trauma. Let's see if we can maybe rework it so it's less horrible."

Later:

Internet Hate Brigade: "WTFOMG TEH CENSORSHIPZ! STFU RAPE SURVIVORS, STOP DISCUSSING WHAT THINGS ARE LIKE FOR YOU"

So what you're saying is that game developers should never make a game involving any sort of shooting, because it might be traumatic to shooting survivors. You MUST be saying that, because it's EXACTLY the same logic.

Media sometimes portrays unpleasant things and the dark parts of our society, deal with it.

Depulcator:
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thenoblitt:
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SushiJaguar:
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Ok, this is really bugging me. The game did not change. At all. They took the rape scene out of the demo. That is all. The artificial flat out says that it is going to still be in the game where it would be in context and make sense. They decided to take it out of the demo because it was out of context, made no sense within the context of the demo, so they decided that it served no purpose and removed it from the demo. The rape scene will still be in the game, so there really is no reason to be so angry.

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Andy Chalk:

But while the scene has been removed from the demo, Wedin suggested that it could reappear in the full game. "We're going to work with it, see if we can fix it," he said. "You get a bigger picture when you play the whole game, which is lost in the demo of course."

Wedin also said that players will learn more about the characters involved in the scene as the game progresses and noted that there will actually be a number of playable female characters in the full release.

Ok, apparently I need to rephrase my argument. It may not reappear in the main game, but not because they're afraid to use a rape scene, they WANT to have it in, but they're not going to put it in if they feel that they can't make it work, not because they were pressured too. I've done a lot of writing, I like to consider myself to be a writer, and I can tell you from experience that you can imagine ideas for a story that seem great, but when you get to the point where you were planning to write it, sometimes you stop and look at the direction the story went and say "On second thought, this isn't going to work." It's like with a first draft. Sometimes things that seemed like a good idea at first seem like a bad idea down the line.

Dense_Electric:

Rutskarn:
Somehow I know how this is going to play out.

"Hey, look, I liked Hotline Miami a lot, but when I saw the demo...it brought back a lot of horrible things, alright? It made me relive the worst day of my life. I just thought you should know."

"Oh, shit, we didn't want to do that. I mean, we're fucking game makers. We want people to have fun, not relive trauma. Let's see if we can maybe rework it so it's less horrible."

Later:

Internet Hate Brigade: "WTFOMG TEH CENSORSHIPZ! STFU RAPE SURVIVORS, STOP DISCUSSING WHAT THINGS ARE LIKE FOR YOU"

So what you're saying is that game developers should never make a game involving any sort of shooting, because it might be traumatic to shooting survivors. You MUST be saying that, because it's EXACTLY the same logic.

Media sometimes portrays unpleasant things and the dark parts of our society, deal with it.

There's a fundamental misunderstanding of my argument.

I don't think anything should be censored because of content, and I don't think anything's off limits. A game that deals with rape is okay. A game that deals with murder is okay. All art, as long as its production is not harmful, is okay. I mean, making a zombie movie where you actually shoot extras isn't cool, but you get what I'm saying.

But there's a fundamental problem with how people are reacting to the news that Hotline Miami's developers have altered a demo, and may alter the gameplay, because they don't want to trigger traumatic episodes in the (unfortunately surprisingly large) percent of their audience that may have experienced rape. Because this isn't censorship. This isn't someone standing up and saying, "No, you can't make your art like this because it makes me feel bad." This is someone saying, "This art triggers traumatic episodes," and the person creating the art responding, "Oh, shit, I didn't want to do that."

Imagine you're with some friends, telling jokes, and you make a crack about a nun getting into a drunk driving accident. One of your friends goes pale and leaves because his friend was killed in a drunk driving accident. Of course you were within your rights to make a drunk driving joke. Of course it's okay to do so. But was making your friend trudge off, shaken and sweating and about to cry, really the effect you'd intended to have? And if you had to do it again, would you have made the same joke?

I'm going to go one further. While I think it's perfectly okay for the Hotline Miami devs to remove the rape from their trailer, and I don't think that's censorship (which is the attitude I'm coming down against), I also think it's okay to show or imply rape in a trailer. But I think there needs to be an indication that's where it's going. If I were traumatized by a shooting incident (which are about ten thousand times rarer than rapes, and can have very different psychological effects, but I digress), then I wouldn't say, "Nobody gets to make games about shooting." But I'd like to have some kind of indication if the trailer I was about to watch had shooting in it.

When you watch a Call of Duty trailer, you expect gun violence. But pretty much nobody watches anything and expects a sudden rape interlude. And again, all that happened was that people shared how the rape interlude made them feel and the developers decided they didn't want to make people feel like that. It's not censorship, and it's really shitty to equate discussing one's trauma with calling for the oppression of free speech.

I'd just like to point out to some people here that even though murder victims certainly aren't complaining, you seem to be ignoring attempted murder victims. Who's to say that graphic violence in video games doesn't bring up painful memories? I only say this because I do have a friend who was nearly killed in a mugging (stabbed multiple times). He spent several years in therapy but he's still massively uncomfortable with, for example, watching action movies that have a lot of blood. So I don't really think you can claim that murder in video games can't bring up painful memories in the same way a rape does. It very much depends on the psychological state of the individual and what they've endured.

Once again here we all are arguing over some vile atrocity perpetrated against a character in a video game. We can split hairs about what kind of violence is worse than another, and claim artistic rights vs censorship until the cows come home. It isn't going to solve anything.

I feel the real discussion we should be having is why our society seems to feel the need to glorify brutal and sinister acts of violence as enjoyable entertainment. Has our society become so gauche, so base, that we find it enjoyable to watch or even participate in fictionalized violent actions that most of us would find repugnantly horrifying in real life? What by Jove is wrong with all of us?

Rutskarn:

When you watch a Call of Duty trailer, you expect gun violence. But pretty much nobody watches anything and expects a sudden rape interlude.

Straw Dogs, A Serbian Film, The Aristocrats.

And I could've sworn I saw some people asking for censorship. Mainly the ones that shout about rape culture.

Father Time:

Rutskarn:

When you watch a Call of Duty trailer, you expect gun violence. But pretty much nobody watches anything and expects a sudden rape interlude.

Straw Dogs, A Serbian Film, The Aristocrats.

Things that are all famous for dealing with rape--which is beside my point, which is that someone watching a Hotline Miami trailer, given that the franchise has nothing to do with sexual violence, wouldn't go into it expecting a rape scene.

And as far as "calling for censorship" goes, and "rape culture," whether or not anyone was calling for it--and I sure as shit didn't see it--that's clearly not the people the Hotline Miami devs are addressing. Their press release is clear. What they made affected people in a way they never wanted to.

And it's a problem that the community's immediate reaction to this is anger at the people who didn't like it. I mean, presumably you read the release, and you read what I wrote, and your reaction was still that I was calling for censorship, or that I was speaking up for people who were.

Psychobabble:
Once again here we all are arguing over some vile atrocity perpetrated against a character in a video game. We can split hairs about what kind of violence is worse than another, and claim artistic rights vs censorship until the cows come home. It isn't going to solve anything.

I feel the real discussion we should be having is why our society seems to feel the need to glorify brutal and sinister acts of violence as enjoyable entertainment. Has our society become so gauche, so base, that we find it enjoyable to watch or even participate in fictionalized violent actions that most of us would find repugnantly horrifying in real life? What the hell is wrong with all of us?

You act like fictionalized violence is a product of our society and hasn't been a large part of media since the beginning of human history. I mean, even Cro-Magnons loved some violent media.

You think the Renaissance was special?

How about the pre-Meiji Japan?

Pre-Columbus Meso-American cultures?

'Has our society become so gauche, so base'. Nope. We're just doing what we've been doing for thousands of years, so I don't really think 'our society' gets to take credit for that.

As a repeat victim of rape/sexual assault (I was 4 or 5 and I remember at least two occurrences of it), I can understand why people are upset with rape scenes in any media and seeing the trailer (which showed maybe 3 seconds of the scene), I found it unsettling, and distasteful without context.

The context that it's a movie within a video game and therefore not real TWICE doesn't necessarily make it better, but I can at least understand there being reasoning if it's story related and not just a "nearly kill and rape this character" situation.

And even though I dislike the scene from what I've seen of it, I hope it doesn't get censored, but also that it's handled properly.

Another thing I would like to point out (As someone no doubt had already done before me, but I'm saying it again.) One can justify murder, but I doubt anyone can justify rape.

There's no situation I can think of that can be summed up as "If I didn't rape them, something bad would have happened." You can defend murder in self-defense, but could you also rape in self defense? Probably not.'

Also, I want it known that, even though I was raped as a child and am still affected by it (I'm VERY slow to trust and have issues initiating physical... anything), but for the most part I'm pretty okay talking about it, and I feel like an asshole when I laugh at a rape joke, but my sense of humor has always been pitch black.

thejackyl:

Another thing I would like to point out (As someone no doubt had already done before me, but I'm saying it again.) One can justify murder, but I doubt anyone can justify rape.

One cannot justify murder. One can justify killing in self-defense, but it is morally repulsive to consider murder a justified offense. Objectively, killing in self-defense IS NOT murder, by any legal or moral definition. The word you're looking for is homicide, and in the context of self-defense it can be seen as 'justified homicide'. But murder is a malicious act of violence that terminates the life of another individual.

NeedsaBetterName22:

thejackyl:

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Perhaps that's how I should have worded it, but that's more or less what I meant. It's possible to justify killing a LOT easier than it is to justify rape.

thejackyl:

NeedsaBetterName22:

thejackyl:

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Perhaps that's how I should have worded it, but that's more or less what I meant. It's possible to justify killing a LOT easier than it is to justify rape.

Ok, but killing in self-defense is not a morally incorrect action, it is preventing a violent action towards your own person. Thus it cannot be held as a comparison to rape, a malicious action towards another individual. You can't compare offensive action to defensive action and then say 'well the defensive action can be justified' and thus apply it to killing in general. You're broadly generalizing while completely ignoring the intent of the actions involved.

Malicious behaviour is the focus here. Definitions and context are important.

Oh God dammit, why did I click on this thread

Yea this went off the rails pretty quickly.

Yet I can't dismiss the notion that I haven't seen this all before.

Arcanite Ripper:
Yea this went off the rails pretty quickly.

Yet I can't dismiss the notion that I haven't seen this all before.

Of course you have. It's an online argument about a politically charged, heavily opinionated, and highly complex point with multiple moving parts (involving, of all things, video games). Here's how it plays out:

* Escapist does a good job of introducing the facts in a neutral, matter-of-fact manner.
* Opinion A digs a trench, WWI-style, and hunkers down. (Bonus points for simplifying the complex issue into one easily-digestible byline obscuring what's really going on.)
* Opinion B digs a trench, WWI-style, and hunkers down. (Bonus points for simplifying the complex issue into one easily-digestible byline obscuring what's really going on.)
* Everyone refuses to listen to each other because they're too busy being self-righteous to their own ears and they all talk past one another.
* People start writing essays to make themselves feel good, or dismiss the other side with casual ad hominem to make them look bad, piss them off, and start pissing contests.
* Eventually everyone just gets bored or moves on to the next hot button issue, and nothing is resolved. If anything, there is no mutual understanding and everyone is just more pissed at the "other side" and therefore even more convinced that they are right. Polarization ahoy!

I suggest sitting back with a piņa colada or something and watching the sparks fly. It's amusing, at least.

Rutskarn:

Father Time:

Rutskarn:

When you watch a Call of Duty trailer, you expect gun violence. But pretty much nobody watches anything and expects a sudden rape interlude.

Straw Dogs, A Serbian Film, The Aristocrats.

Things that are all famous for dealing with rape--which is beside my point, which is that someone watching a Hotline Miami trailer, given that the franchise has nothing to do with sexual violence, wouldn't go into it expecting a rape scene.

And as far as "calling for censorship" goes, and "rape culture," whether or not anyone was calling for it--and I sure as shit didn't see it--that's clearly not the people the Hotline Miami devs are addressing. Their press release is clear. What they made affected people in a way they never wanted to.

And it's a problem that the community's immediate reaction to this is anger at the people who didn't like it. I mean, presumably you read the release, and you read what I wrote, and your reaction was still that I was calling for censorship, or that I was speaking up for people who were.

It's been railing at the people who were calling for it to be censored not at just anyone who didn't like it (for the most part one guy posted a video saying that if you didn't have a problem with the brutal murders in the game but did with the fake rape scene something's wrong with you). And I never accused you of censorship.

Rutskarn:
my point, which is that someone watching a Hotline Miami trailer, given that the franchise has nothing to do with sexual violence, wouldn't go into it expecting a rape scene.

Given that the first one had implied rape, and the series has made a name for itself through extreme violence, albeit pixelated, a rape scene, while not necessarily expected has always been on the table.

FargoDog:

Rutskarn:
Somehow I know how this is going to play out.

"Hey, look, I liked Hotline Miami a lot, but when I saw the demo...it brought back a lot of horrible things, alright? It made me relive the worst day of my life. I just thought you should know."

"Oh, shit, we didn't want to do that. I mean, we're fucking game makers. We want people to have fun, not relive trauma. Let's see if we can maybe rework it so it's less horrible."

Later:

Internet Hate Brigade: "WTFOMG TEH CENSORSHIPZ! STFU RAPE SURVIVORS, STOP DISCUSSING WHAT THINGS ARE LIKE FOR YOU"

The Plunk:
As usual...

Simulated brutal mass murder: No problemo!

Short rape scene: Basically as bad as the holocaust.

Thank fuck the social justice warriors didn't get it removed from the real game.

Wow. Literally two posts down.

Stay classy, Escapist.

So apparently since the relevant and well-stated point made can't be refuted (or you just won't for whatever reason), you're just going to conflate it with "internet hate brigade" and call it a day.

"Stay classy" indeed...

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