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Should the United States ban a Japanese "rape simulator" game?

 
 
Reply Tue 10 Mar, 2009 06:45 pm
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Quinn is half-right about RapeLay. While the council speaker is right to say that the Japanese title is deeply disturbing, talk of a ban is just grandstanding"the game has already been barred from Amazon and eBay, and it isn't available in any brick-and-mortar stores in the United States. Like every other illicit entity in the universe, though, RapeLay is available online. Thanks to an elaborate network of software pirates, persistent copy-protection hackers, and devoted fan translators, a free, fully functioning English-language version of the game turns up after 30 seconds of Googling. In fan forums, the feedback on RapeLay is as creepy as the game's premise""hours of fun," one user posted
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My take: It should have the equivalent of an X rating, be sold only to adults, and online versions should be hounded out as online gambling has been. However, no way no how should it be banned. No humans are harmed by this game other than the ones who play it, and it is every adults right to do this to themselves.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Tue 10 Mar, 2009 06:49 pm
some of the first pc games in america were rape or weird sex games, there was one were you played general custer and you had to rape indian maidens and avoid being killed by flaming arrows

i can't see this being a big enough seller to make such a fuss over, plus, like most of these things, very few people would even know of it, if the politicians didn't make a big deal about it

hawkeye10
 
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Reply Tue 10 Mar, 2009 06:57 pm
@djjd62,
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i can't see this being a big enough seller to make such a fuss over, plus, like most of these things, very few people would even know of it, if the politicians didn't make a big deal about it


I think it comes down to where you stand on whether violence in media desensitizes one to real life violence and thus encourages it. I think it does, so society has to attempt to keep kids away from it, even if it can be assumed that such efforts will fail. Adults can do as they want so long as they don't hurt others, that is what freedom is all about, but this does not hold for kids.

In my opinion all extreme violence in media should be x rated, sexual violence is not special in this regards.
djjd62
 
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Reply Tue 10 Mar, 2009 07:00 pm
@hawkeye10,
enforcement is the problem, the EB Games i go to is pretty good about enforcing the game ratings, but i've been in other shops were they just outright sell adult rated games to any kid that comes in with the cash
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Tue 10 Mar, 2009 07:04 pm
@djjd62,
enforcement of all such laws are a problem, but we can pretty much do it for x rated movies, tobacco and alcohol. If the will (penalties) was there the law would work. Adults would buy for the kids, which is not fine but is an acceptable place to be. We make kids work to get this crap..
djjd62
 
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Reply Tue 10 Mar, 2009 07:07 pm
@hawkeye10,
best thing i saw was a kid dragging his grandma into the EB Games and trying to get her to buy him GTA IV, the guy behind the counter explained that the game had an adult rating, and the grandma said she wouldn't buy it, the kid looked like he wanted to kill the clerk
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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Tue 10 Mar, 2009 09:23 pm
It's in atrocious taste and should never have been created, but it shouldn't be banned unless it's an invocation to imminent violence. People have the right to be imbeciles unless they break the law.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 18 Apr, 2009 05:57 am
As much as I abhor the idea of a rape game, people have the right to sell it. IMO it is appropriate for commercial establishments to refuse to sell it. The government has no business banning it.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Tue 30 Mar, 2010 04:17 pm
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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. "

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/03/30/japan.video.game.rape/index.html?hpt=C2

what is the next move to try to force people to behave? There is always a next in societies that lack tolorance.
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