MK 354 Spring 2010

April 5, 2010

Not Your Everyday Videogame

Filed under: blog #8 — carolinerichov @ 12:01 pm

It begins with a girl on a train platform. She notices you looking at her and you choose your method of assault. The girl steps into the subway and you, the videogame player, follow her aboard. With a just click of your mouse, you can grope and rape… It’s all part of the game.

Pretty sick, huh? The Japanese videogame, RapeLay, allows the player to have his way with the game’s female characters. The motive in each story is revenge. The player can assault, molest and even impregnate a girl and urge her to have an abortion.

It’s no wonder RapeLay caused major controversy when it was first released in Japan in 2006. The game makes Grand Theft Auto look G-rated; it was never released in the U.S. because of its questionable content. Today the game has gone viral and is being played across the globe. 

CNN covered the story last week when international outrage from women’s rights groups resurfaced interest in the game. Women, Action and the Media is concerned with gender equality across all kinds of media- including videogames. As part of its mission, WAM! wants to change how women are represented through media. The WAM! Web site states, “since 2004, there has been a 120% increase in depictions of violence against women on television. An even more disturbing finding was the 400% increase in the depictions of teen girls as the victims of violence.”

Taina Bien-Aime, of Equality Now, states, “These sort of games normalize, promote and simulate extreme sexual violence, sexual torture, stalking and rape against women and girls. They have no place in our communities.” Personally, I couldn’t agree more.

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