Now that erotic game Rapelay has caused a stink in the Western press, it's time for it the Japanese press to get up in arms.
Things have snowballed for the Japanese title, and New York-based Equality Now kicked off a campaign this week "against rape simulator games and the normalisation of sexual violence in Japan". Activists are urged to protest the game's maker, Illusion, and the Prime Minister of Japan.
According to company spokesman Makoto Nakaoka, "We are simply bewildered by the move. We make the games for the domestic market and abide by laws here. We cannot possibly comment on (the campaign) because we don't sell them overseas."
Japan's NHK, FujiTV and Yomiuri have all begun covering the story... about a PC game released domestically in 2006. Illusion has yanked the game from its website and retailer Sofmap states that the game is out of production.
Whether you not you find this game offensive, let's get this all straight: Japanese company legally releases game in 2006. This year, people in America discover the game and get upset. Company catches heat for legally releasing a game, stops producing it and deletes information about said game from its website.
The kicker? Rapelay isn't even indicative of the vast majority of Japanese erotic games. Or so we heard. From our friends. Heh.
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