"Rape Game" On Amazon Triggers Anger, Outrage

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"Rape Game" On Amazon Triggers Anger, Outrage

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The Amazon appearance of a Japanese "rape game" has elicited shock and outrage and has U.K. Parliamentarian Keith Vaz, known for his staunch opposition to videogames, up in arms and promising to bring the matter before the government.

Amazon recently advertised two copies of RapeLay for sale, a game by Japanese hentai developer Illusion that puts players in the role of a rapist who stalks and attacks a single mother and her two teenage daughters. The game also includes a "freeform mode" in which players can assault any woman in the game and get other male characters to join in, and pregnancy and abortion are actually listed as "key features."

The whole thing is absolutely mind-boggling, and as you would expect, gamers and gaming sites that have commented on it have been universally appalled. And although Amazon has since pulled the ad and the game isn't intended for sale or use outside Japan, it seems nonetheless that U.K. Member of Parliament Keith Vaz will use its existence to further his anti-videogame crusade.

"It is intolerable that anyone would purchase a game that simulates the criminal offense of rape," Vaz told the Belfast Telegraph. "To know that this widely available through a major online retailer is utterly shocking, I do not see how this can be allowed. I will be raising this matter in Parliament and hope that action is taken to prevent the game from being sold."

Vaz, part of the "Big Three" of videogame haters that also includes Jack Thompson and Michael Atkinson, famously claimed last year that rape was a feature in some videogames. "When people play these things, they can interact," he said at the time. "They can shoot people; they can kill people... They can rape women."

Vaz's assertion was called out not only by gamers but by a fellow MP, who checked with the BBFC and "found it to be completely unaware of any such videogame." Since then, the statement has been used to illustrate Vaz's widely perceived reactionary ignorance toward videogames; but GamePolitics suggests that the discovery of this game has given him some sense of "vindication."

The fact that this thing is a product of the "unique" Japanese game industry doesn't seem to be of great concern to Vaz. He wanted its sale prevented and it has been, but he will almost certainly do his best to stir up a furor in Parliament anyway. At most, Amazon made a mistake in advertising this game for sale in Western markets, and Amazon should be held accountable for it; unfortunately, it's far more likely that it will be the videogame industry that ultimately bears the brunt of the backlash.

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... Japan never ceases to amaze.

For whatever reason... I want this game.

CantFaketheFunk:
... Japan never ceases to amaze.

Screw that, the human race is doomed. It always amazed me, but now I'm off to mars. Anybody else coming?

This is their revenge for that whole 'dropping a pair of atomic bombs on them' business.

Wow, just wow. There's no way to buy this game outside of Japan, huh?

On a serious note, games like that have been in existence for awhile in Japan now, most of them are barely games, but I suppose Mr. Vaz probably doesn't care.

Malygris:
rape was a feature in some videogames

The Vaz-picture is hilarious...

OT:
Well, it's Japan. I can't really say that I'm surprised they made something like this.

Keith Vaz is a joke. & Japan is Japan. No1 understands either & they dont understand eachother :)

Zippy1313:
For whatever reason... I want this game.

9......1......1.....

But honestly Japan. KEEP YOUR HENTAI GAMES TO JAVA AND FLASH!!!!

...I'm going to find this game and play it.
I have a bizarre fixation with hentai games though I don't even like hentai.
MaidStory and Season of Sakura anyone?

I just want to see how truly horrible and whatnot it actually is. I don't seriously think I could play it for longer than a few minutes without laughing out loud about how offensive it is.

I'm not too surprised to see something like this coming out of Japan.

This is kind of like when someone calls your family a bunch of inbread rednecks, and after denying it "that" relative walks up and completley destroys your argument.

Reasonably, a game like that should not exist, but those japanese always like to step up and be "that" relative of the game industry now and again. But in all honesty, how will he be able to make a case saying that the general population of western kids can get their hands on this? I mean jesus its one game, a 15/10 on the f'd up game scale, but still one game none the less.

Don your raincoats and golashes people, cause we're in for a sh*t storm the likes of which hasn't been seen since the first GTA uproar a few years ago.

It is amazing that the well educated in the government cannot realize that their world is not their only way of life. There are going to be different products created by other societies and what might be taboo to them is not taboo to them.

I'm not surprised that this came from Japan after playing some of their H-games for myself to see how far they go and some can actually be great games.

Who is surprised? We are talking about a country which brought us hentai so something like that shouldn't surprise us.

It's always the game industry that is at fault. Always.

fish food carl:

CantFaketheFunk:
... Japan never ceases to amaze.

Screw that, the human race is doomed. It always amazed me, but now I'm off to mars. Anybody else coming?

You won't beat me there...

I'm going to be a conspiracy theorist right now and say that Isn't it a coincidence that these guys accused of there being rape in video games and then a year later, you know, THE AMOUNT OF TIME THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY TAKES TO MAKE A MODESTLY PLAYABLE VIDEO GAME, this game appears on the market?

I'm gonna say that this was a put up. "There's rape in video games!" "Uh sir, we have an inventory of the mainstream game industry here, and there is none..." "Then we'll have to COMMISSION someone to make one..." Vaz's guys go to Japan, commission someone to make the game, then pay (or have that company pay) Amazon to advertise it in Western Market.

I mean, seriously, I know Japan has this weird thing with girls and stuff, but to have it in the name? To have it as the complete intended purpose of the game? I see a put up here, but what do I know, I'm just making conspiracy theories.

For those not in the know, dear old Keith Vaz is the MP for Leicester East, who was instrumental in banning Manhunt as well.

Much as I want this 'game' burnt, I'd rather we didn't have the UK's Jack Thompson at the helm, because this isn't just going to go away with one game.

tustin2121:
I'm going to be a conspiracy theorist right now and say that Isn't it a coincidence that these guys accused of there being rape in video games and then a year later, you know, THE AMOUNT OF TIME THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY TAKES TO MAKE A MODESTLY PLAYABLE VIDEO GAME, this game appears on the market?

Nice theory but I'm going to say its more likely that the two are connected but in the fact that someone saw the idea, saw it didnt exist and decided to make one. As for the name? A lot of dodgy games and films are named blatantly and failing that it might be a translation/nickname of the game.

...Because rape is SO much more worse than genocide *sarcasm*.
Seriously, why banning rape but not genocide games?
Maybe we can start taking the government more seriously when they stop bickering on wikipedia. Or stop being hypocrites.

Zippy1313:
I just want to see how truly horrible and whatnot it actually is. I don't seriously think I could play it for longer than a few minutes without laughing out loud about how offensive it is.

This is pretty much how I feel. I'd like to see it, see what you actually get to do and not do, and I don't see what's so bad about this honestly. There's animated porn that has rape in it, and no one is up-in-arms about that, really. Hell, there's real porn of rape, (simulated and otherwise).

I don't see this is much different, aside from picking what predetermined cinematic to watch (unless it actually gives you real options, in which case I applaud it for being a realistic sim).

Granted, I find the idea purely terrible, but it should be allowed to be made. Just because you saw it in a video game doesn't mean you're gonna do it.

Of course my opinion is biased, but on a forum like this where people are escapists and gamers, whose wouldn't be?

Im not suprised. dont like hentia. Shudder.
well the West got playboy mansion/game and these brandnamed items (eg pensil cases) and aimed at 10-12 yr olds.
Im not saying its as bad though, its not. Hentia's much worse

tustin2121:
I'm going to be a conspiracy theorist right now and say that Isn't it a coincidence that these guys accused of there being rape in video games and then a year later, you know, THE AMOUNT OF TIME THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY TAKES TO MAKE A MODESTLY PLAYABLE VIDEO GAME, this game appears on the market?

I'm gonna say that this was a put up. "There's rape in video games!" "Uh sir, we have an inventory of the mainstream game industry here, and there is none..." "Then we'll have to COMMISSION someone to make one..." Vaz's guys go to Japan, commission someone to make the game, then pay (or have that company pay) Amazon to advertise it in Western Market.

I mean, seriously, I know Japan has this weird thing with girls and stuff, but to have it in the name? To have it as the complete intended purpose of the game? I see a put up here, but what do I know, I'm just making conspiracy theories.

According to Wikipedia, the game came out in 2006.

there is an article on Something awful about this game, for anyone who wants more info on it.
there is a pic on it which sickens me.

Holy shit. Just when I thought Japan couldn't get any more depraved.

Oh come on. Plenty of girls like rape.
(actually, the only one I know who does is my girlfriend. She has a huge thing for Pyramidhead)

CantFaketheFunk:

tustin2121:
I'm going to be a conspiracy theorist right now and say that Isn't it a coincidence that these guys accused of there being rape in video games and then a year later, you know, THE AMOUNT OF TIME THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY TAKES TO MAKE A MODESTLY PLAYABLE VIDEO GAME, this game appears on the market?

I'm gonna say that this was a put up. "There's rape in video games!" "Uh sir, we have an inventory of the mainstream game industry here, and there is none..." "Then we'll have to COMMISSION someone to make one..." Vaz's guys go to Japan, commission someone to make the game, then pay (or have that company pay) Amazon to advertise it in Western Market.

I mean, seriously, I know Japan has this weird thing with girls and stuff, but to have it in the name? To have it as the complete intended purpose of the game? I see a put up here, but what do I know, I'm just making conspiracy theories.

According to Wikipedia, the game came out in 2006.

Ah well, what's a good conspiracy theory without ignoring crucial dates? When did Vaz say this? Maybe it took him that long to finally find the ONE game that's whole intended purpose was to rape people. :)

I know it's good to have Japan around for some good laughs every now and then, but seriously WTF?

I'm really concerned about these people. It looks like the whole population is a gang of retarded, demoralised children, like there is noone there to say "You're into that shit? Get away from me you freak!". Call me a xenophobe, but that's how I see it. And it's not only rape that's disturbing. I bet my ass (oh wait, I don't have to, it's on the box) that the victims look like elementary school girls with giantic tits.
It's wrong, it's wroooong!

Who gives a shit?

It certainly is no worse then GTA morally.

Valiance:

Zippy1313:
I just want to see how truly horrible and whatnot it actually is. I don't seriously think I could play it for longer than a few minutes without laughing out loud about how offensive it is.

This is pretty much how I feel. I'd like to see it, see what you actually get to do and not do, and I don't see what's so bad about this honestly. There's animated porn that has rape in it, and no one is up-in-arms about that, really. Hell, there's real porn of rape, (simulated and otherwise).

I don't see this is much different, aside from picking what predetermined cinematic to watch (unless it actually gives you real options, in which case I applaud it for being a realistic sim).

Granted, I find the idea purely terrible, but it should be allowed to be made. Just because you saw it in a video game doesn't mean you're gonna do it.

Of course my opinion is biased, but on a forum like this where people are escapists and gamers, whose wouldn't be?

Be careful what you wish for: http://www.somethingawful.com/d/hentai-game-reviews/rapelay.php
[THIS IS A REVIEW, IT CONTAINS GRAPHIC GRAPHICS AND IDEAS. DON'T GO HERE IF YOU ARE FAINT OF HEART OR UNDER AGE!!!]

Kukul:
I know it's good to have Japan around for some good laughs every now and then, but seriously WTF?

I'm really concerned about these people. It looks like the whole population is a gang of retarded, demoralised children, like there is noone there to say "You're into that shit? Get away from me you freak!". Call me a xenophobe, but that's how I see it. And it's not only rape that's disturbing. I bet my ass (oh wait, I don't have to, it's on the box) that the victims look like elementary school girls with giantic tits.
It's wrong, it's wroooong!

you cant seriously be judging the whole of japan based upon a game? thats the single most stupid thing ive heard all day.
yes i understand that this game is sick. i have a friend that was raped about a year ago.
but your opinion is that of a fool

Games like this are "interactive" porn, and the response doesn't surprise me considering Britain's recent passing of "extreme porn" laws.

Zippy1313:
For whatever reason... I want this game.

i too

Nihilism Theory:

you cant seriously be judging the whole of japan based upon a game? thats the single most stupid thing ive heard all day.
yes i understand that this game is sick. i have a friend that was raped about a year ago.
but your opinion is that of a fool

Well, it's been developed, advertised and approved for publication without anyone stopping or questioning it. So a fairly large number of people have seen it and considered within social norms, which is pretty scary if you think about it.

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