'Rape' Games... Oh Noes! Think Of The Children!

Moral indignation and parental outrage over 'rape' games that are 'available' on the web.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/04/02/rapelay.japan/index.html?hpt=C2

If you watch the clip, clearly the host is itching for some moral outrage from the 'anti-video game' guest; who apparently is quite well-reasoned and most certainly not histrionic about the situation... Our children can get these games... Uh-oh. Another funny thing is the scrolling Facebook posts of outraged people.

I know it's not a subject to make light of in many aspects, and while the clip posted is short; it is amazing on how there is no discussion posted about the cultural pressures in Japan that make these game attractive both economically and emotionally. Why not just bring up hentai in general, or the bans of certain images in Japanese pornography...?

What do you all think?

These things have been around since "Custer's Revenge". It's stupid and they will only get attention if a big deal is made of it. Otherwise they will fade away.

Every time one of these stories comes out (this is the first in 2010, but it happened in 2009 too), I'm reminded that Japan has a lower incidence of rape than the United States does.

Technically isn't everything "available" for children? Is it just because of the perception that "games are for kids" that this gets such traction? To me this is just another form of porn like an interactive hentai.

Wait, are tentacles involved?

Every time one of these stories comes out (this is the first in 2010, but it happened in 2009 too), I'm reminded that Japan has a lower incidence of rape than the United States does.

I'd give a lot of that too the culture of Japan, which doesn't really encouraging reporting rapes and other types of coerced sex.

Kehama wrote:

Technically isn't everything "available" for children? Is it just because of the perception that "games are for kids" that this gets such traction? To me this is just another form of porn like an interactive hentai.

It seems obvious to us that these games are not for kids but for the people that are outraged (and the target audience of that outrage), yes, games are for kids.

I heard on a podcast recently that they had someone on to defend games during Yet Another Outrage About Grand Theft Auto and one of the indignant, righteous types asked the gamer if he'd let HIS kids play a game like that. He replied emphatically that he would not because they're not for kids.

I think that just about sums it up.

You can also buy used panties and alcohol in vending machines, no ID required.

I really do not know, aside from sweeps, what the big deal is here. We have, in the US, the most hardcore pornography in the world at our fingertips. We have the most vividly violent movies. We have music that tops the charts with men talking of raping, killing, selling drugs. I have to think that for most parents their reaction is akin to-Well their DVD player and Laptop can play porn, maybe I need to be diligent?