Rape Games Are Getting Banned After All

After the back and forth information of whether ryōjoku-kei games (or rape games) should be banned or not, a big leader in the adult video game industry in Japan has made a decision. According to Anime News Network, Hiroyuki Kanno, chairman of ero game company Abel, has called forth to ban on rape games in an emergency conference. Details on the procedure to ban these games are yet to be publicized, but this has certainly mark the beginning of the end for these “games.”

We’d like to point out that the Unwound show DOES NOT condone these “games”, however, some of us do feel that this is a slippery slope that may lead to the end of freedom of speech. What are your thoughts on the matter?


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9 Replies to “Rape Games Are Getting Banned After All”

  1. Eh… besides the whole debate that could be had on basic decency and respect toward women (yes, I just said it), there’s one important thing to remember:

    Japan doesn’t have the same type of history with upholding free speech like the US.

  2. It’s really hard for me to write this, because it certainly conflicts with my morality (like probably everyone I know, rape disgusts me)… but since no real people are being hurt, I think that this type of game should indeed NOT be censored. Think of it in comparison to violent games… in my opinion, they’re even worse in terms of setting an example for people. If they will (surely) continue to be allowed to exist and be created in the future, so should games that portray rape and similar illegal acts.

    If you can steal a car, hire a female off the street to have sex with your character, have sex with her in that stolen car, and then run her down with it immediately afterwards to get your money back in the Grand Theft Auto series, I think that a rape game should also be allowed. The real problem here is parental responsibility, along with the prefacing that should be displayed when such a game is turned on to speak to the morality and possible illegality of the acts portrayed within the game.

    If anything, I would expect the opposite of this type of condemnation in Japan. Due to a history of sexual oppression and censorship in their culture, I would expect the country to continue to allow such outlets as an expression of these culturally repressed desires.

  3. As I mentioned in my so-called news report, I don’t condone rape “games.” But when you start banning media that are controversial or abhorrent, there’s a chance that other anime, video games, or media may also be affected.

    For example, the lolicon genre is a controversial subject matter. Just recently UNICEF wants a ban on this subject matter from hentai anime and games, which is obviously understandable. However, what constitutes child abuse in an anime? Even mainstream anime series like ToLOVERu, Love Hina or Sailor Moon has shown suggestive scenes of underage characters that UNICEF might consider exploitative. Where do you draw the line?

    Personally, I don’t care what happens to rape “games” or lolicon hentai, but I’m worried that maybe one day, an adult owning Sailor Moon videos can lead to a prison sentence because the government thinks the adult owns it for the “wrong reasons.” Anyway, that’s my cynical and pessimistic point of view.

  4. Eh…this is my general complaint with people getting up in arms about Free Speech. Everyone assumes that because there might be people out there with no common sense, everything has to be protected.

    Indecent != obscene. Some panties flashing is indecent. A game full of nothing but panty scenes for someone to whack off to would be obscene.

    There is a long history of women being violated and otherwise exploited. If someone were to create a KKK video game where you got to burn certain ethnicities at the stake, do you think that should be protected by free speech?

    It’s a slippery slope to say that everything should be protected or else everything might go the way of 1984. I think that thinking is just as dangerous as the opposite end — that everything should be controlled or regulated.

  5. Sorry, that should say: “A game full of nothing but panty scenes of young girls.” The point is that it’s of minor children. :P

  6. I agree wholeheartedly that rape, murder, lolicon and such matters used in any medium, whether real, animated or virtual, are abhorrent.

    To answer your question, “If someone were to create a KKK video game where you got to burn certain ethnicities at the stake, do you think that should be protected by free speech?”

    In my opinion, even though it’s horrible, the game you described should and must be protected by free speech. I don’t believe in discriminating who gets to talk and who has to shut up.

  7. But what exactly is being expressed? That’s what I don’t get.

    The video game industry still hasn’t convinced me that they’ve moved from being games to interactive forms of art. Media are just conduits – whether that’s entertainment, expression, or something else.

    For things like poetry, speeches, opinion articles – they are first and foremost there to express something. But creating an interactive environment for others /and/ profiting off of that — that’s far muddier. Why and how do they get an automatic elevation to ‘expression’?

    If, for example, someone creates a game for the sole purpose of profit (and not because a person felt a need to express an opinion), are they really saying something? What are they saying? What is the concept of the protection of free speech exactly protecting, if they didn’t mean to express anything?

  8. I can’t speak for the developers or creators of these games, so I don’t know the real motives.

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