The PC company BGameBox has changed the name of its “ryoujoku” (rape) category to “Platinum category” and its “choukyou” (sexual training) category is now called the “Thoroughbred category” [source]. Is this what we do now, rename something bad and that makes it okay? “No honey, I wasn’t cheating on you. I was sexually outsourcing myself to for the benefit of others.”
Personally, I couldn’t care less if these type of games exist or don’t exist. If we’re allowed to play a game where a person grabs a gun, carjacks a person, runs over pedestrians, solicites a prostitute and then murders her to get their money back. Then, why can’t we have a game were someone gets raped? You say because it’s both morally wrong and illegal? Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t murder, robbery, reckless driving and prostitution (in most places) illegal as well?
To me and most everyone else in the world it’s just a game. We know that we’re not really killing anyone. And in the case of Rapelay, not really raping anyone either. I’m also not on the side of the discussion that believes video games make people more aggressive and cause them to act out what they’ve done in the game. Of course there are exceptions to the rule. But hell, there are people who get aroused by seeing a bloody corpse get shat on. That doesn’t mean it’s the norm. Plus, we don’t know how many people play these type of games and use them as an outlet to act out their bizarre fantasies instead of committing the illegal activities in the real world. I’d like to see if there is a study and/or statistics about that somewhere. Hmm…
On another note, the previous comic was Tales from ConnectiCon ’09: Part I. Today was originally going to be Part II. But after reading the article that today’s comic was based on in Kotaku on Tuesday, I decided to postpone Part II until Monday. Prepare yourself for Monday Mookie!