May 29, 2009

Seriously?!

Filed under: 100 Days of Summer,Estrogen,What the hell? — Katrina @ 12:00 pm

Look at this game.

RapeLay

You saw that right. We’re talking about a real video game where the object of the game is to capture and rape girls. Think about that for a moment. I’m just speechless.

The game is sold in Japan (cue common vehement question “What the FUCK is wrong with Japan?!”) and trying to come to the United States. Of course, there’s a buttload of controversy over that.

But regardless of what happens involving whether the game is banned and where, there’s a bigger thing to wonder here, though I suppose the answer to that wonderment is the usual “humanity is just that fucked up”.

It’s not a matter of the game possibly encouraging people to rape someone, and I wouldn’t advise going that route too much anyway since it has the effect of taking blame off an actual rapist who’d maybe try to say the game told him it was okay. We don’t need yet another bullshit excuse for rapist defenders, the so-called rape apologists, to use, right there alongside “she was dressed provocatively” or “she shouldn’t have been there in the first place” or “she totally gave him the wrong idea” or any other common gems designed to make sure that responsibility for rape remains purely on the victim or some other entity and never the actual perpetrator. Yes, even this day and age, even in this country, there is still a disturbingly high number of people who believe that.

True, there is the effect of making light of a serious, heinous act, one that hundreds of millions of people around the world are victims of, often chronically, and must live the rest of their lives with the nightmares, the shame, the little things here and there that trigger post-traumatic stress disorder and get in the way of their day to day lives. So while it may not encourage someone to actually rape someone, it can give the impression that it’s not a big deal. Paired with how people like to make excuses for it happening, that’s a dangerous combination.

Honestly, I think a ban is beside the point. I’m for free speech and all, but I do have the strong urge to find the creators of this game and beat the hell out of them with a golf club.

And then you must wonder. What kind of sick fuck would actually play this game? What kind of sick fuck would actually seek out this game, think it looks like fun, pay money to acquire it, and make time to play this game? What kind of sick fuck would accomplish the goal of horrifically ravaging the pixelated girl’s body and think “yay, I did it!”?

What kind of sick fucks even created this game to begin with? What kind of sick fucks sat there trying to come up with game ideas, thought of “hey, let’s make the main character a rapist whose goal it is to rape a mother and her two young daughters!”, and got an affirmative response and the go-ahead rather than getting his ass kicked for it? What kind of sick fucks did all the programming for this? What kind of sick fucks agreed to sell this game?

Of course, I’m more and more sure the answer to every one of these questions is simply “They’re /b/tards.”

Edit: And barely a few minutes after I posted this, found a similarly vomit-inducing, rape-glorifying “game”.

Edit again: Now that I think about it, if these games were to be explicitly labeled as pornography, that may be a different story. Looking at them as porn, it makes a lot more sense. Still just as horrible, but it’s good not to act like it’s “just another video game”. *shrug*

Edit again: As expected, Encyclopedia Dramatica has a page on this, saying about what I’d expect them to say!

This has been Day 6 of the 100 Days of Summer, Round 9.

11 Comments

  1. Ahh, gotta love Japan. This does not surprise me at all.

    As some of the comments on the GP editorial said, it wouldn’t surprise me if some district attorney somewhere tried to prosecute an American for possessing the game. As disgusting as the game is, I would oppose this on free speech grounds.

    And really, I don’t know why there’s a controversy in the first place. The game is disgusting. Everyone knows that. Very few people would be at all interested in the game. If someone were trying to sell it in the US (which no one is), they would have almost no success, because no one would choose to carry the game. And that’s fine with me. The very few people who really do want to play the game will find a way to get it anyway, through eBay, an importer, or BitTorrent.

    Sick fucks have the right to be sick fucks and make a game like this, or to play it. And everyone else has the right to say “fuck this shit” and stay very far away.

    Comment by Adamantaimai — May 29, 2009 @ 9:43 pm

  2. Oh, I agree. I wouldn’t support a ban either. This is more of a “Jesus, what the fucking shit is WRONG with you people?!”

    Comment by Katrina — May 29, 2009 @ 11:13 pm

  3. Actually, I suspect that the makers of this game did it more for the lulz than because they’re sick fucks. They’d fit in on /b/.

    Comment by Adamantaimai — May 30, 2009 @ 8:09 pm

  4. Very likely, as I concluded at the end there.

    Comment by Katrina — May 30, 2009 @ 11:42 pm

  5. I see… So this game shouldn’t be available here? It should be BANNED, right? Because it offends your moral sensabilities? And that makes you different from the Moral Brigades of uptight mothers HOW, exactly? Just like them, you want something banned because it disturbs YOU personally. Tsk, tsk, tsk… Free speech does not stop when it reaches your “I’M OFFENDED” button. For shame, Katrina! :doitnow:

    Comment by Lord Galen — May 31, 2009 @ 12:00 am

  6. Galen, read comment #2.

    Comment by Adamantaimai — May 31, 2009 @ 9:32 am

  7. Justin, ftw.

    Comment by Katrina — May 31, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

  8. The screencap looks pretty crappy and unappealing. However, I’d probably try playing a similar game. I look at it as being no worse than reading De Sade (except obviously, his work has a lot more literary value than some raep game). 120 Days of Sodom makes simple rape look tame by comparison. The entire book is basically hundreds and hundreds of pages of rape, scat, torture, and so on, but I enjoy reading it.

    I can absolutely see why someone wouldn’t want to play this game, and I can see how it could be traumatizing to someone who has been raped or even a lot of people who haven’t, though.

    Comment by Ralph — June 3, 2009 @ 5:59 pm

  9. I dunno…couldn’t you basically say the same about [i]GTA[/i]? Hmmm…perhaps not, because the appeal of that game is the interactive environment, not the “elements.”

    Comment by Agnapostate — June 7, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

  10. Again, fail lack of BB code is fail.

    Comment by Agnapostate — June 7, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

  11. I’d probably play it to see what it was like, get bored with it, and never play it again.

    Comment by Lisa Marie — June 16, 2009 @ 5:00 pm

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