March 31, 2010

'RapeLay' video game goes viral amid outrage

Posted: 02:33 PM ET

By Kyung Lah, CNN

Tokyo, Japan (CNN) - The game begins with a teenage girl on a subway platform. She notices you are looking at her and asks, "Can I help you with something?" 

That is when you, the player, can choose your method of assault.

With the click of your mouse, you can grope her and lift her skirt. Then you can follow her aboard the train, assaulting her sister and her mother.

As you continue to play, "friends" join in and in a series of graphic, interactive scenes, you can corner the women, rape them again and again.

The game allows you to even impregnate a girl and urge her to have an abortion. The reason behind your assault, explains the game, is that the teenage girl has accused you of molesting her on the train. The motive is revenge.

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. "

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Anonymous in Arizona   March 31st, 2010 4:22 pm ET


Alan   March 31st, 2010 9:39 pm ET

The Sex Therapist proclaimed "Men cheat!" Who does she believe they are cheating with? It appears obvious that women must cheat as well.

MATTHEW JAMES   March 31st, 2010 9:41 pm ET

the woman said: "men cheat". Don't women cheat?
who cheats more? men, women?

michipato   April 3rd, 2010 7:44 am ET

It doesn't amaze me because many Japanese movies treat on this topic. THE bad thing that is directed to the children.
Sorry for my english 😀

Kratos   April 11th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

First of all, I've seen about 3 articles or video's on this game. Some saying to watch out for the children to make sure they don't see it. That's it is easily obtainable by children.

Well first of all this game is marketed to adults. Second of all the only way to get this game I believe is through a Japanese retailer with a Japanese home address. This game has not been translated and brought to the states. So really the only way for a child or anyone over here for that matter to obtain it is to search out the resources or just pirate it. Which is a felony I might add. So your kid could be looking at some decent time in jail if not the parent.

Also parents should monitor what there kids play. Every gaming platform that I know of PS3,360, PC do have parental controls. There are tons of parental control programs on the market. Parents have the tools to monitor and control the content. They just don't care.

Games in this day and age are more then just little characters playing hide and go seek or a plumber jumping on turtles. Games now a days are way more mature because they are marketed towards a more mature audience. Parents and the media need to get with the times. We aren't back in the old days of mario where all games are marketed for 10 year olds. Most games are marketed to 17+. It seems like the parents and the media are still stuck back in the old 16bit era of gaming where all age groups could have fun. Well for the most part that day and age is long gone except for a select few games each gaming generation. So buck up and put more effort into monitoring your kids and if that child comes home with a game like GTA you have yourself to blame. No one else. I've been playing games since I was 3. Actually the first game I ever played that was for adults was on the PC and it was Doom. I was probably about 5-6 years old maybe?

When I was 13-16 I could not walk into a walmart or gamestop and buy a mature rated game without a PARENT present or a form of ID that said I was at least 17 years old depending on the rating.

There are games marketed to specific people or age groups. I'm sure there are X rated games over here in the states. I'm sure every healthy male or even female adult has some X rated movies or X rated magazines. These games are just that specifically marketed to adults. Not children not teens. Our society needs to grow up and mature, so we can realize that games are not just for your 3-4 year olds. There are hundreds of games that are marketed to adults. Or at least 17+ (young adult.) When will the media and parents realize this and take the appropriate measure and stop living in the stone age? Use Parental controls. Don't let your child sucker you into buying the game without researching the game on a gaming site. Gametrailers, Gamestop, Steam forums. The list goes on. Parents need to step up and actually parent and do there research. Not just get the game so the kid will have a baby sitter while mommy and daddy get some peace and quiet for a few hours.

Also games like GTA or FPS's (First person shooter.) are geared towards adults. Why is it that the media throws a fit about these games? When I can turn on my TV at all hours of the day and see murder mysteries, and other forms of graphics violence. Hell I remember the scandal about Mass effect and some side boob and a portion of a female butt. But I can turn on my TV right around the time kids get home from school and see the exact same thing on live PRIME TIME TV. So why go after games?

Because the media and parents still think they are supposed to be young and innocent for 4-5+ year olds to play? Well if you want that buy a wii and get games like mario. Otherwise any other platform will have adult themed games.

So short story. Parents man up and get more involved on what your kids are playing. Don't just buy the game then call a senator or CNN or any other news caster to cry and say it was so easy to get the game and you had no idea what was in it. When in all actuality I guarantee that Sales clerk told you what was in the game and told you the rating but you bought it anyways. Trust me on that one. I know from about 10+ years of experience walking into a retail outlet and trying to get a game when I was to young.

Are you serious?   April 12th, 2010 3:06 pm ET

I think the most important issue here is that this game promotes violence, in this case rape and sexual abuse, as a way to seek revenge. This overarches the issue that the game shouldnt be peddled to children. Whether it be children or adults, rape, gang banging, groping etc. are violations of human rights and basic freedoms. Plenty of adults out there are just as, if not more impressionable, than children. Thats why cases of rape continue worldwide. The imagination behind this game upholds the same views as those of rapists in subways and alleys, as well as criminals running the multi-million dollar sex trafficking industry in this world. It is a view that objectifies women, and glorifies male sexuality.

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