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Japan Creates Rape Video Game
Posted 3/30/10
Only in Japan.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/03/30/japan.video.game.rape/index.html?hpt=C1

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Tokyo, Japan (CNN) -- 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.
Posted 3/30/10
since when is this new news?? Japan has made these games for years so why is CNN is talking about them now?? It really must be a slow news day for them well I guess I will go back and play some games.
Posted 3/30/10
Meh. oh well. This is only the beginning of something like this.
Posted 3/30/10
Whats the point on having revenge on girls you don't know? If you want revenge just rape the girl that accused you... Anyways things like this is overwhelmingly popular in Japan. When I was there, there isn't even a single game/DVD store without porn/hentai.
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Posted 3/30/10
They have worse games
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Whats the point on having revenge on girls you don't know? If you want revenge just rape the girl that accused you... Anyways things like this is overwhelmingly popular in Japan. When I was there, there isn't even a single game/DVD store without porn/hentai.


hmm oh well there should just be really tighter resctions on letting kids see and buy them is all, I play some of those games all time and do I look a rapist to you ???
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"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."

Actually, it's a Tokyo-only law under discussion. And thank goodness for that last half.

If you look at the law, it bans the sexualization IN ANY WAY of a girl who appears to be under the age of majority, either real or drawn. Basically, 99% of anime is instantly outlawed in Tokyo. Oops.
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Why does it matter what content a game has? Is there anything that indicates that these games play a direct role in rape incidents in Japan?


Look at it like this. There are hundreds of games that depict brutal mass murder, YET! Nobody complains.

I'm assuming it's feminists that started this whole "news" thing.

As a friend said;

Feminists are bad enough if you just look at what they do, but it gets even worse when you consider what they don't do. Where are the feminists campaigning for fair treatment of women in Islamic countries? I don't see any. They're wasting their breath complaining about trivial games when half a billion women are suffering injustice.

Funnily enough, the USA has about three times the population of Japan, and twenty times more rape. Looks like the Japanese are doing fine with their rape games.




In the end, it comes down to people wanting to rebel against something, as long as it isn't challenging.
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Posted 3/30/10
If a certain country finds something from Japan offensive, I guess I really have no say in what they want to import. It's when they think they can influence Japanese domestic politics that I have a problem. I don't think the outside world has any right to regulate what gets produced outside their country (As long as they're not nukes or something). Let the Japanese citizens handle it as they will. If the whole world gets itself involved, soon everyone will nitpick and try to take away content that they find offensive and the uniqueness of Japanese media we enjoy will never be the same.
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I certainly am against games like these, but I'm also pretty sure this style of game has been around in Japan for a fairly long time already (sadly enough).
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If a certain country finds something from Japan offensive, I guess I really have no say in what they want to import. It's when they think they can influence Japanese domestic politics that I have a problem. I don't think the outside world has any right to regulate what gets produced outside their country (As long as they're not nukes or something). Let the Japanese citizens handle it as they will. If the whole world gets itself involved, soon everyone will nitpick and try to take away content that they find offensive and the uniqueness of Japanese media we enjoy will never be the same.


well that's what imports and torrents are for, but i am not going to say anymore I already feel like an outcast since i like to play these games.
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aye, as weird as this stuff is, its a healthy release for weirdos who would otherwise be doing that stuff in real life.
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We really can't do anything about what another country does.I mean its not like their throwing it out in the world or anything.Its kinda difficult to find Hentai in America.You can't blame Japan for the internet either.I think its better that the people who play these games stay in their homes playing and not out there actually doing these acts.If you make a big deal out of it it may lead to something bad.Why didn't she say anything about male hentai rape?Its because she's a woman and clearly its not that these games are bad its because they offend her.And people make a living making those games you can't just take away their jobs just cause you think its wrong,they didn't do anything to you!

PS-I'm a little pissed off while,I'm writing this so I may lash out with my words,but the meaning stays the same.
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lol its funny trying to see people trying to defend this game. Fear of gamers raping other girls isn't the major issue but depicting women as sex objects and degrading them is. I think that dude who said two nukes wasn't enough because of anime was on to something
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Hahaha guess the game is marketing to those people with sick ass fetishes in Japan, which is like most of em... haha kidding. But uh not surprising rape porn's pretty big over there.

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