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Posted by on Apr 3, 2010

New Rape Fantasy Game Is Calling For Ban on Hentai Games

New Rape Fantasy Game Is Calling For Ban on Hentai Games

RapeLay video game stirs a shitstorm and went viral the moment it was banned. Now a call to arms to repress the hentai market and put a leash on content is being called for.

CLICK HERE TO SEE GAME PLAY FOOTAGE (Strongly NSFW)

The game begins with a teenage girl on a subway platform. She notices you are looking at her and asks, “Can I help you with something?”

That is when you, the player, can choose your method of assault.

With the click of your mouse, you can grope her and lift her skirt. Then you can follow her aboard the train, assaulting her sister and her mother.

As you continue to play, “friends” join in and in a series of graphic, interactive scenes, you can corner the women, rape them again and again.

The game allows you to even impregnate a girl and urge her to have an abortion. The reason behind your assault, explains the game, is that the teenage girl has accused you of molesting her on the train. The motive is revenge.

When does a video game go too far?

It is little wonder that the game, titled RapeLay, sparked international outrage from women’s groups. Taina Bien-Aime helped yank the game off store shelves worldwide.

“This was a game that had absolutely no place on the market,” said Taina Bien-Aime of women’s rights organization Equality Now which has campaigned for the game to be taken off the shelves.

But the controversy that led to stopping sales of the game instead took it viral.

That was how Lucy Kibble and Jim Gardner in Britain heard about it.

“I think the idea that you can do it by wholesale banning is just never going to work anyway because we downloaded it for free off the Internet,” Gardner said.

In the case of RapeLay, he was right. It is still readily available on dozens of Web sites, sometimes for free.

What happened to RapeLay is an example, said Bien-Aime, of why Japan needs to police game makers.

“It’s obviously very difficult to curtail activity on the Internet. But the governments do have a role in trying to regulate this sort of extreme pornography of children, both in their countries, and through the Internet ,” she said, adding that they were calling for the Japanese government “to ban all games that promote and simulate sexual violence, sexual torture, stalking and rape against women and girls. And there are plenty of games like that. “

Those games are known as “hentai games.” Almost all feature girlish-looking characters. Some of the games are violent — depicting rape, torture and bondage in detail.

Step into a game shop in Akihabara, Japan’s electronics district, and hentai games are readily available. In minutes, we found a game similar to RapeLay. The object here is also revenge: Find and rape the woman who fired the player from his imaginary job. Along the way, the player can rape a number of other girls and women.

Hentai games are not new to Japan. This country has long produced products the rest of the world would call pornographic. But before the arrival of the Internet, such items stayed in Japan. Now, once a game goes on sale in Tokyo, it is digitized and shared everywhere.

Japan does have censorship laws for sexual content. In games and videos, genitalia are obscured, even if it is animated. But Japan’s laws do not restrict the themes and ideas of the games.

A national law that would make possession of real and virtual images of child porn illegal is under discussion, but no serious legislation has moved forward in Japan’s parliament.

CNN contacted the Gender Equality Promotion Division in the Gender Equality Bureau of Japan’s Cabinet Office, which is charged with handling the hentai gaming issue.

Despite repeated calls over a period of weeks, no representative from the government office would comment to CNN on camera. The office refused to make a statement on paper. A spokeswoman would only say over the telephone that the Japanese government was aware that the games were a problem and it was checking to see if self-policing by the gaming industry was enough.

A member of the Institute of Contents Culture, who did not want to give CNN his name, said restricting game themes limits freedom of expression.

“In my opinion, RapeLay’s storyline went too far. However, if a game creator wants to express something and create content out of it, a government or public entity shouldn’t have the power to restrain it.”

Lucy Kibble and Jim Gardner, the gamers in Britain, said trying to control games on the Internet was futile and that content control was up to parents.

“The idea of banning it, or telling people what they can and can’t do just because on the off chance some kid might get involved with it is just ridiculous,” said Gardner.

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What say you, people? I think it’s a pipe dream to ban each and every hentai game out there. The report said that people can rip game contents and put it online, anyway. Not to mention that putting a restriction on content is tampering with freedom of expression.

For the most part, a game like this raises questions with other violent games — like Modern Warfare and God of War. Those games encourage you to kill each other and award you for executing gruesome tactics, but most can look at it and say “That’s just a game”. In fact, those games are heralded and have huge media ponies to push the sales.
Hentai is nothing new. If you’ve been on the internet, you’re already likely programmed to ignore it or make jokes about it. This game is nothing new — it’s something like 4yrs old. Is CNN being a helicopter parent and digging for content to discuss or are they blowing things out of proportion because it is, in essence, part of Japanese culture?

With that being said, why is the line drawn when there’s heavily implied sexual content? We eventually embraced violence and realistic war scenarios in our modern games. Is the next step now to de-sensitize ourselves to over sexualized games, because it is in essence ‘just a game’?

Source: CNN.com





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9 Comments

  1. That is…..messed up on so many levels. Pornography will never stop being produced, that is a fact. However, I feel there must be a line drawn when it comes to what is allowable. Rape, is not a game, it is not fun nor is it acceptable. To publish a game about rape, whether it be boyxgirl, girlxgirl, or boyxboy, is disgusting and in bad taste. I think the worst part about this is that the government allows the publishing of these games. It is obvious that there will always be these sorts of games on the internet, but to allow the open marketing of these games is rather…well, irresponsible and not acceptable.

    • I agree with everything except the part about the government regulation or at least on a federal level. With as corrupt as our government is, I wouldn’t look to them to say whats morally acceptable. Now if a state government bans it, I’m all for that. State government is more accountable to the people.

  2. [copied from Facebook]

    The Japanese word “hentai” ‘s best translation means pervert. Personally I think there’s a line between perversion and full on rape/sexual assault. Labeling this game as “perverted” is a gross understatement. A game like MW2 is different … See Moreimo bc it puts you in a (fictitious) life like war setting.. ppl are firing back at you too. The simulation is more on strategy & tactics (yeah ur killing ppl but theyre trying to kill you too) instead of torture and murder. A game like MW isn’t necessarily gonna make some1 go Columbine while I think a game like RapeLay will promote a generation of misogynists and potential date rapists.

    They should make a game where you play a teenage chick and the goal is to fend off horny japanese rapists… JUST sayin’

    • ***”A game like MW2 is different … See Moreimo bc”

      Thank you Facebook for splicing a ‘… See More’ into my comment =\

    • Y’know, this entire thing is so iffy for me. I understand it’s just how Japan rolls, but at the same time, it’s stupid to label an entire culture as perverted. And in addition, the game was banned and forgotten about for 4yrs, while stricter laws had sorta been panned out about this material. There’s no denying the sexual assault and views of women being a problem in Japan, but our culture isn’t so great, either.

      Someone pointed out to me this game that was published in the US, around 2002. I shit you not: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnic_Cleansing_(video_game)
      Gameplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0x-YNdJ-po

      A manga author in Japan wrote an open letter that basically said how North America shouldn’t throw rocks while we live in a glass house. It’s altogether a tired argument, but I do agree that encouraging revenge in the form of rape and torture is sick. I thought the whole point of a video game is to have fun?

  3. these games are made in japan who are we to tell other countries what to do. also if you dont like the game dont buy it, maybe next we should get ride of all violent games because you are opening the door for that. when you ask the goverment to decide what is best for everyone. maybe people need to make decsions for them self instead of wanting to be sheep.

  4. Obviously hentai sucks!! and so do those bloody bull shit games!! I mean come on…it’s just like an encouragement to all the rapes and disgusting sought of things…be it a boy raping a girl or a girl raping a boy!! Whatever…but then it’s purely dirty and disgusting!!! Can’t believe some people actually enjoy playing such dirty games!! A bunch of Psychos and retards!! YUCK!!!

    • Obviously the opinion of a much younger person , just saying that hentai sucks and only retards look at/play it is opening yourself to a complete barrage of return fire. As far as rapelay goes, you really can’t make the difference between this and modern warfare, while some people. As much as the content offends, there’s not a whole lot you can do about it, as long as it isn’t actively creating and training rapists or something it’s left in the realm of fantasy, much like what some people would call a murder simulator… it calls back on the tired old argument of whether those games promote violence. It all comes down to the person playing, while i also find the content disgusting, having experienced a portion of the game myself some time ago i simply uninstalled it and called it a day, never looking at it again. You can’t go around and tell people what they can and cannot fantasize about and as long as they keep it out of the real word there’s not much that can or should be done.
      Also calling for the ban of all hentai games is completely absurd. That would be like calling for the complete shutdown of the pornography industry, not all hentai games are violent either, some are merely dating sims where you go through legitimate means to woo some virtual girl into a relationship. Is that a sick perversion of everything you hold dear? A worked for, structured, mutual, relationship? Granted it’s virtual and not to be confused for the real thing, but still as wrong as it is to portray rape and such ( personally i can’t even watch alot of those law and order shows without getting upset and changing the channel with some of the stuff they do to the victims on there ) it’s more wrong to limit freedom of speech, you say the games are easily and widely available… well… adults can make up their own minds about things, and if children are getting a hold of them… what the heck are their parents doing?

  5. It is high time that such awful games were completely banned. Even if the players of those games do not end up being criminals in the real world, the games surely destroy their mental purity. Those people do not need the opportunity to play such games, because even if they actually do not intend to play those, they often just can not resist the temptation. And after that, they could become very stressed and ashamed of themselves. People aren’t sadly completely rational and they are often driven by emotions, which could have very depressing outcome.