culture shockers: Dear video game companies, stop promoting horrific crimes against women

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Japanese hentai game, RapeLay, was successfully taken off the shelves, but it’s still available online for anyone to download—sometimes for free.

The game stays true to its title, giving the player the ability to simulate rape. It begins with you looking at a 16-year-old girl in a train. You then have the option to molest her and then rape her mother and 10-year-old sister. Later on, she gets pregnant, and you get to force her to have an abortion.

As sickening as this is, these types of games are common in Japan among the hentai market, which is basically Japanese animated porn.

Yes, most gamers know how to separate reality from a game, and we hope people know this is a game (albeit a terrible one) and won’t commit a horrific crime in real life. But this still goes way too far.

Taina Bien Aimé, executive director of Equality Now made this point:

“Let’s say that the player would target African-Americans to lynch and rape and torture… or the player can target Jews, for instance. There would be international outrage.”

Violence against women in video games has been a problem in less extreme cases such as the Grand Theft Auto franchise, which allows players to beat and rob prostitutes.

Women are also often overly sexualized in video games such as Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball and Tomb Raider’s over sexualized Lara Croft.

At the same time, some games have given way to strong, positive female characters such as Metroid’s Samus Aran, who players didn’t know was female until the big reveal at the end of Metroid for NES.

Regardless, it’s disturbing how a game like this was sold on Amazon.com before Equality Now had to campaign for it to be taken down.

To find out what’s we’re doing to promote women’s rights in the real world please visit our Bell Bajao site.

March 31, 2010 by Stefani
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