Skip to comments.Rape Games?
Posted on 04/02/2010 6:05:03 AM PDT by Kaslin
Editors' note: the following column contains subject matter that some readers may find offensive.
Many -- too many -- red-blooded American boys grow up on Japanese video-game systems from Sony and Nintendo. Their cultural interests can extend into Japanese cartoons ("anime") and some even discover Japanese pornographic cartoons ("hentai"). How so? Boys play games and watch cartoons like the "Dragon Ball Z" series, but can quickly surf the Web and find related cartoon titles like "Dragonball X," only to learn they are hard-core porn.
But that isn't all video-gaming boys can discover. CNN reports that Japanese porn also extends to sick video games that center on raping girls and women. One such game is called "RapeLay." The game begins with a young teenage girl on a subway platform who asks the video player in a high and tiny voice, "Can I help you with something?" The player then chooses a method of sexual assault. Players can also follow the girl onto the train and assault her older sister and her mother. Rape is not an option on the menu; rape is the entire point of the game.
As the game continues, "friends" join in. Now the females can be raped repeatedly. It even allows the player to impregnate a girl and urge her to have an abortion. Rape the girl; kill the child.
The feminist group Equality Now has moved to have this rape game removed from store shelves, but the controversy naturally has moved to the next step: It has gone viral, being offered all over the Internet, in some cases for free. This puts "RapeLay" in the same category as sicko games like the high-school shooting re-enactment game "Super Columbine Massacre RPG."
CNN says there are more "hentai" games where "RapeLay" came from. Reporter Kyung Lah found another sexual revenge fantasy: find and rape the woman who fired the player from his imaginary job. Along the way, the player can rape other girls and women.
Lobbyist Taina Bien-Aime told CNN that "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." Equality Now wants the government of Japan to ban all games that promote and simulate sexual violence, sexual torture, stalking and rape against women and girls. But government officials wouldn't even talk to CNN about any government action, or even an official expression of disgust.
But what truly nauseates is the manner in which some actually defend this horror. Game players lodge the usual protest that just because you do violent things on screen, it doesn't mean you'll do them in real life. Last Christmas, the makers of the Japanese game "Shinobi Ryuu" began with a declaration that the suffering characters being denied their human rights aren't humans. They're merely fictional characters.
"We also thank all the kind people who see a character in the story saying phrases such as 'help me' and take it as a real call for help," they said. "However, even though you are worrying for the characters in the story, these are all lines spoken from a script. They are not saying all this from the bottom of their hearts."
They're suggesting the people who would object are lunkheads who can't distinguish fantasy from reality. Here's the reality: A new analysis of 130 studies by Iowa State psychology professor Craig Anderson found exposure to violent video games makes more aggressive, less caring kids -- regardless of their age, sex or culture. Common sense tells us it doesn't sound like a healthy recreation activity: "I can't wait to get home and do some subway raping to relax."
You just want to shake people who would defend a rape game. They'd probably also defend and enjoy a game where they're a plantation owner and load African slaves off a ship, sell and trade them, and beat them and rape them. Does that sound like a healthy evening in front of the TV?
Gamers also complain that it's a double standard to protest rape games, but not violent shooter games. But many critics of video-game excesses have also criticized shooter games with no basis in morality, as well as shooter-and-rape games like the "Grand Theft Auto" series. In fact, they've been attacked at the highest levels. "Those video games are raising our kids," candidate Barack Obama said in lamenting the introduction of "Grand Theft Auto IV" in May 2008.
These viral games like "RapeLay" may not be as easily acquired as that nasty series of best-sellers. But they do sound the alarm, as candidate Obama said, that parents always need to be aware that something truly evil can be found in the virtual world of video games.
nnnoooo.... our culture is not in the crapper... /sarc
Hold your children as close to you as you can....tightly.
Japanese have a tradition of rape it seems. Korean comfort women. They even asked for volunteers to prostitute themselves to American soldiers because they assumed when we occupied them that we would rape their women; they hoped enough prositutes would keep it to a minimum.
I don’t need CNN to tell me that murder is ok in games but rape is going overboard. sounds like thought-crime. let’s look at rapes (per capita) statistic by country:
1. south africa
and japan, despite all their sick and perverted media avaiable, is sitting at rank #54.
this is liberal feminism running amok.
Somebody needs to step up R and D on the female companionbots for these guys.
Which probably worked, lol.
They have public bathes. Families bathe together. They turn school girls into sex objects. Yet, they seem to have less actual rape than we do.
Maybe because we have a history of American individualism and individual action?? I dunno... maybe our criminals are just less honor-bound (lol)?
Or maybe they just don’t report it?
....hmmm....are you sure about the Aussies at #3?
with japan & usa technology, i’m sure that can be done today. heck, a japanese asimov type of robot, with our most expensive ~$5000 sex doll, and some MIT nerds.
Or maybe they just dont report it?
One reason probably. Another might be the homogeneous population.
What’s really strange is that this was a story back in 2006. Been largely forgotten until CNN started hammering on it again. Now why would they do that? To boost ratings, of course.
That’s right: Looks like CNN is basically using the “rape” angle to raise ratings, and incidentally is probably creating a revival for “RapeLay” with the trench coat crowd. Pot, meet kettle...
it is just on one of the site that i’ve pulled up. in fact they all varies, some even with cananda or usa on the top 5. japan is always near the bottom. with the arab countries, which we all know that rapes goes unreported because victim will always be stoned to death.
All we need to do is hand out complentary Johnsonville brats or polish sausages at check in and those that don’t eat, don’t get a seat...
Or maybe the gals are less stingy? (/heavy sarcasm)
I need to win the lotto and go test that theory!! /sarcasm
Nah, just culturally less horrified by rape of others, outsiders. If you think about it they seem to specialize in the rape of “others” (koreans, computer characters, etc.)
Sounds like another culture of peace...
but isn’t the point of the article that American kids are finding these games now? Japan’s rape rate is very low. Ours isn’t. Wouldn’t these games simply warp our kids even more?
If you believe this premise then yes, exposure to this stuff should increase random violence.
But how about the generations of American kids raised on Sat morning cartoons where Tom would maul Jerry, Bugs bunny would savage poor Fudd, etc.
I have yet to harm anyone and cannot imagine doing so but I got tons of virtual violence when I grew up. I still get it in TEAM FORTRESS 2 where I slaughter lots of my friends.
Perhaps someone should challenge that premise.
But is it the games that keeps the rapist busy and thus the rate low or a highly crowded and supervised society that prevents the rapes?
While I find this stuff offensive and certainly won't allow it in my home I do remember my mom decrying the savagery of The Road Runner and how sorry she felt for that poor Wily Coyote.
You should talk to some old Koreans about the Japanese and their peaceful ways.
Possibly because that is exactly what the Soviet soldiers did in occupied Germany.
This is a real concern to me as our 10 year old really likes several anime type programs. I do allow him to use the internet, but either I or Dad are either right next to him or behind him.
We’re very protective and I still worry, though. I think he would tell me if he encountered something. We stress modesty and purity. The child brought his Percy Jackson book to me on Sunday worried because a chapter was entitled, “I have a dam problem” — turns out the spelling was not intentionally incorrect. There really was a dam! lol
He’s no longer allowed to play with the 9 year old girl. She approached our attractive male friend who was sitting on the porch smoking and said some very explicit, shocking things. My friend’s jaw dropped. She just giggled and said, “Don’t you listen to Lady GaGa?” He may, but in our household — he*& no we don’t!
I worry so much about the society in which my son has to function.
Outside of Western Civilization, this tradition seems to be the default state of humanity. Maybe West-hating feminists are just sexually frustrated and hoping for a return to the old ways.
I agree with your Mother. The issue isn’t solely whether you will go out and plant a bomb, or drop an anvil on the head of your enemy, because you saw these cartoons. There is the issue of a coarsening of you, who you are. Christ said that if you think it you do it and specifically spoke about adultery I think when he spoke about it. So even the imagined rape is a sin. I don’t quite feel the same about violence, because we are allowed self defense, so the imagined violence of the young boy, who pretends to be the Wild West sheriff killing the bad guys, or the hero Marine Sergeant isn’t sinful per se. That’s how I see it without deep thought or being particularly careful in how I phrased it.
Hey, Libs! Look on the bright side; at least they support abortion!
So "games that promote and simulate sexual violence, sexual torture, stalking and rape" against boys and men are OK, then? Who are these idiots?
prolly leftard governmental types developing these game, with that ultimate goal in mind...
Just because you do violent things on screen, it doesn’t mean you’ll do them in real life.
Anyone remember all the heat networks took for not dumping shows like the three stooges and Warner Brothers cartoons because they were just to violent?.Lets play double standard.
Hey! Stop making sense!
These are all generalizations anyway.
At any rate, nobody is condoning these stupid, unnecessary sick videos and I would say 98% of Japanese I PERSONALLY know would be disgusted by them, but the reality is in Japan rape may be a proliferation on videos and in virtual reality, while in the US rape is a proliferation in reality.
As a woman, walking the streets late at night, take your choice. Quite frankly, the US and CNN is in no position to lecture Japan on the issue of "rape". If we want to get into it, fine, lets look at FBI Uniform Crime Figures vs. Japan Crime White Paper annually, in terms of actual, per capita, rape crimes US vs. Japan.
That would shut these anti-Japanese/pro-PRC elite liberals up in the US pointing fingers with nothing better to do, and doing this with impeccable timing.
Yah, the Japanese have a great record on rape. Ask the Koreans, Filipinas, and Chinese.
>.US and CNN is in no position to lecture
But we Americans seem to like doing that.
Does it send Japanese into paroxysms of laughter or anger when we get on our high horse?
Your point as relates to Japan and the Japanese in 2010? If any? Or are you just waxing historic about Imperial Japan in the distant past, in which case I or anyone else would agree with you.
So you figure these game players should shut down the
gaming system and go rape some actual women instead?
You're upset at the assault of a computer image?
My grandparents were the World War II era. If you think cultures end every generation you are wrong.
America is an excellent example that in many cultural respects it is no longer the America it was during World War II during your grandparents’ time.
You are arguing for the sake of arguing now.
It hurt, didn’t it?
No I really meant what I said, no pain involved for me. The Japanese culture is one that has been extremely abusive to outsiders. Forced marches, rapes, torture. The way they treat Filipinas and Korean women today indicate to me that the tendency is still there. And don’t get me wrong, I respect the Japanese and the Japanese culture. Just not the part of it where they feel like outsiders can be abused.
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