Thursday, 19 February 2009
"Game was available on Amazon marketplace in the UK before being banned"
The game was intended for release just in Japan, but was on offer to British buyers through Amazon Marketplace, the section of the online store's website open to third-party sellers.
But Amazon has now withdrawn the game after complaints from users, deeming it to be inappropriate. "We determined that we did not want to be selling this particular item," a spokeswoman said.
Rapelay was developed by the Japanese production house Illusion, which makes a number of sexually violent games for the domestic market. Their other titles include "Battle Raper" and "Artificial Girl".
A spokesman for the company said: "We believe there is no problem with the software, which has cleared the domestic ratings of an ethics watchdog body."
There are currently two sides to this event. From the side that agrees with the Amazon and BBFC team, you have to go with them that this game is inappropriate for most audiences. The material even described in these games is some of the most offensive stuff out in media. Having it for sale, especially in an English version, would probably have a whole crowd of underground gamers willing to find that game, decrypt it, and probably just have it free for download for anyone to play.
On the other hand, there has been a positive side being said to why Japan's company Illusions would come out with such violent titles. Compared to the US and the UK, the percent of rape crimes are lower in Japan compared to other countries. In their defense, "these games don't promote or teach these lewd skills. We consider them to be another way for some people to experience these fetishes through less harmful ways. Even though the game may be offensive, think of it this way...*morals contained to not spoil the game*"
What would you think of having such a game available to a wider audience/outlet?