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March 31st, 2010
07:40 AM ET

Rape Lay: Has it gone too far?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=""]You saw the scandal when Grand Theft Auto came out. The violence and gore had parents all over the world up-in-arms.

Turns out, Grand Theft Auto is as clean as Pac-Man compared to a new Japanese video game that’s out.

The game’s called Rape Lay. It begins with a girl, her sister and mother on a train platform. They get on the subway and you, as the videogame player, can begin your sexual assault of all of them. Grope and rape – all part of the game.

And the game's gone viral – people all over the world can play it.

Women’s groups are appalled. Others say it’s just a game.

Our question: A rape video game, do we really have to go there?

Post your comments here. Kyra will read some of them live in the 10am ET hour of Newsroom

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soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. Angus

    What kind of sicko would play a game like that? It's been aptly said that criminal action is the end result of a process of wicked thinking. I certainly hope they will outlaw this kind of game in the U.S.

    March 31, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  2. msgundam2

    Its just a game! You guys realize that that Japan has has one of the lowest rape rate in the world.

    March 31, 2010 at 7:54 am |
  3. crab fisherman from washington state

    And the experts cannot figure out why kids in America are so eager to become involved in one on one violence, school shootings, bullying, gang participation, and general disrespect for personal and public roles and accountability for their actions.This kind of game does not belong in a society that is trying to raise the general standards of its' citizens, and not to let our kids go the wrong direction in life.This game and all like them are stupid and so are those who sell them and especially so too are those who play them.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:03 am |
  4. Mike from Texas

    With our kids all high strung on stupidity now days this is a bad idea we have become a country of monkey see monkey do these games need to be kept in the adult section along with the porno or else band from this country .

    March 31, 2010 at 8:04 am |
  5. Michael

    CNN is talking about Rapelay?? This has already has been on the news for a while. Why are we even looking at this game again. This type of game doesn't get even release in USA. So I don't know why is this a big deal. Look video game has already get enough blame, I don't want anime to be targeted and scapegoated like video game did in the past.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:31 am |
  6. Cherie Spells

    I am so excited about the demand for health care providers and servicer's in home health care, what i have been waiting for along with the sba 7 (a) loan i hope to obtain. Hope my ship comes in as soon, and as big or if not bigger than those coming and going, and those not yet seen.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  7. pat

    This not a game..Life has to be taken more seriously..making light of others suffering is not for the intelligent minds, so lets not waste our time... which is not all that long for some...on such low life games..The few that have to resort to violence for entertainment..put them on a ice-flow and let nature take its course

    March 31, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  8. Jet teacher

    Japan has the lowest rape cases because they go unreported. Women are raped all the time over there. You can get into serious trouble as a gainin by just intervening and trying g to stop a rape

    March 31, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  9. ConcernedForSure

    Absolutely unnacceptable!!! Should not be allowed. And the games that promote Murder should be done away with too.

    And those that say "It's only a Game" should undergo treatment for their illness.

    Bad Bad Bad....

    March 31, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  10. Gabriela

    I am not a fan of the game; however, it is an outlet for those with fanatasies of rape and such. I rather allow people play a videogame on rape than actually commit the crime in reality.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  11. Jack Makle

    Kyra, its a video game. This is just another example of people blowing things out of proportion - its Japan. They're a bit odd. Aren't we used to this by now? Why force our puritan values on fictional entertainment on them?

    March 31, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  12. Jesse

    Why does Japan have one of the lowest rape rates in the world? Perhaps because the sickos are allowed to fulfill their fantasies outside of real life. Or perhaps because rape is caused by sexual suppression. Allowing people to fulfill these dark fantasies will not make the problem worse, it will probably make it better. And the numbers are there to back that statement up.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  13. Matt from Indy

    Hey Kyra, just because it exists, doesn't mean it should be banned. If you were a responsible parent, you would teach your kids about the dangers of the world (including rape) instead of imposing your self-prescribed morals on everyone. America is a free country where even the Westboro Baptist Church can picket a Marine's funeral and claim they are glad he's dead because he was gay.

    The world is a messed up place, do you not know that by now?

    March 31, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  14. Tyler Durden 3 1 6

    Yes. Why are the download links not working? How do I install??

    March 31, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  15. Richard in Vegas

    I agree the video games mentioned are horrendous. Is this worse than games where innocent people are graphically murdered or are collateral damage in street violence? Referring to the games in your piece as "Shoot 'em up" games puts a cutesy name to material that's just as offensive and in some cases more so than the rape scenes in the games you're discussing.

    All that said, I agree that rape games are over the line. But who gets to draw that line?

    March 31, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  16. Ryan

    Rape is bad, but is it really that much worse than murder? Why draw the line exactly here, but still allow all of those "murder simulators" to be sold?

    March 31, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  17. Jessica

    To say this is just a game and it has no affect on reported rape occurrences in Japan is ignorant. This should outrage any world citizen as rape is no game! It's a horrific crime that devastates the victim and their families. I think more than just women's groups should be upset about this. We all should!

    March 31, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  18. Patricia White

    Good morning Kyra,

    I think that these games constitute a hate crime and should be treated as such. If Japan doesn't feel like coming to the table on this one, they should be encouraged with minor trade restrictions which increase exponentially the longer they hesitate to do anything about this situation.

    P. White, a concerned Canadian

    March 31, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  19. Pedro Behr

    You are a rather biased reporter when it comes to this story because you are a women. Of course you're gonna view this game as "disgusting" but its just a harmless game where people who happen to enjoy "rape" pornos can act it out in a game. Its a fetish get over yourself you prude.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  20. austin

    Really think about about what you are saying and look at the culture over there in Japan. You should know its digital. You think these gamers would actually rape real people or desire to? The answer is simply no and oppressing them for their desires no matter how controversial is wrong.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  21. Cjay

    However people of other cultures may feel about it, just like in the middle east, no matter what you do you can't change a culture overnight. It has to be done itself.

    This type of stuff has been a part of their culture for a long time. Its in their games, their television, their toys, their literature, and more. Its something they will have to come to terms with on their own.

    Also the report neglected to mention that pretty much all genitalia on everything is already censored in the country.

    Also lets not act like America doesn't play out its own rape fantasies and abuse against women in our own entertainment media.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  22. Dennis Linville

    leagalizing drugs when drugs and gangs are destroying our youth,freeing sexual preditors to prey on our children,promoting a sexual perversion as an acceptale behavior,as sick as this video game promoting rape is ,doesnt it fit in well with the rest ?

    March 31, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  23. Elijah Hansen

    Yes, the game is disgusting.

    But for a network that funds its broadcasts with commercials for ED drugs day and nite, regardless of what the ages of the children who are watching are, your own disgust is a bit hypocritical.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  24. Mike from Boston

    The problem is not that the game was supplied by a few programmers, it is that the game has been demanded by many consumers! The root of the problem is not that the game exists, it is that there is a market for it. The smart solution? Fix our morals without more regulation...

    March 31, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  25. kristi krug

    I am sickened beyond words, Kyra. The British couple interviewed via Skype claimed to be unconcerned about the content of the game and compared it to "shoot 'em ups". Well, I am no fan of gaming violence of any sort but recognize that most "shoot 'em ups" are at least based on a pretense of good vs evil and "justified" violence against enemy combatants. When, where, how can the sexual brutalization of a teenage girl and her family on a subway be justified? There is no place for this sort of filth in society. Alas, the global war on women continues.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  26. Nancy

    just a game huh? why don't you ask your mother/sister/grandmother how they feel about that?

    In the animal world, no animal rapes. Only man rapes. What does that say about men who would condone this or participate in it? You aren't even fit to be an animal.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  27. Rhonda

    Media awareness can be good if done right, interview psychologists & rape counselors as to the ill effects of this game & teach people something. This strikes out as bad because on some level it promotes the game. Take a look at who you interviewed & how they responded- on some level it's okay with them. Socialization of such illness must be promoted by some upper level with male domination. We need to get to the root of the issue, not give it any credence & stop it before it gets worse.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  28. Mauro

    It's a game people, while I would not play it I find it kind of interesting where our priorities are. I see Ms Phillips passionate condemnation of this form of anime but I've never seen any of that type of passion when CNN reports about wide spread rape of women in Africa. What gives?

    March 31, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  29. Ryan

    I don't have a problem with the game. It's just a fantasy. If you don't like it DON'T PLAY THE GAME!

    March 31, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  30. Miles Henderson

    These games are old news and have been around for a while. I think its becoming an issue now simply because graphics are getting better. The game featured cartoon like graphics but it won't be long before this stuff is photo realistic. Unfortunately, rather than help the situation, your piece will simply encourage people who wouldn't normally look at this stuff to go and download it just to see what the fuss is about.. I expect the makers of this game are lovin CNN for the publicity right now, even if the game is no longer for sale..

    March 31, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  31. Marine55

    I belive this game has gone way to far. What if a kid is watching some one play now to them they might think it's cool or funny therefor putting bad things in their heads whoever had the mind to make this game is sick and twisted.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  32. Patty McGill

    Even though these "games" aren't released in the USA, they still get here via the internet. Back when "Combat" was the first Atari game received free with the system I knew we were preparing our youth for tank combat. That was 20-30 years BEFORE Iraq and Afganistan. Are we thereby preparing our youth to accept the violent act of rape as acceptable by allowing it to continue?
    There are many ways for any search engine to extract links to these horrific games. I'm all for a complete BAN on any violent games.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  33. Kara

    How is this any different from tv shows and movies profiting from stories about horrible sexual and physical violence against women? Just watch one of those twisted Law and Order episodes. Who are the crazies writing that show?

    March 31, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  34. Amy

    I'm outraged that in this day people think that rape and sexual violence is fun. However, the part that makes me want to cry is the fact that some people are so desensitize to seeing this. There seems to be a growing hatred towards women all over again.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  35. Denali Brooke

    I'm not surprised by the latest and lowest display of violence against women per the new Rape Video. It saddens me that the inventors of this game intended to make a profit created from some of their most vile thoughts about women. What went wrong with these people? Did no one teach them that DISCIPLINE OF THOUGHT is the responsibility of each individual in a civilized society? TMI!

    March 31, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  36. Eve Houlihan

    Do we not have enough deviant and dangerous behavior in our society ? I am appalled that Japan would devote its so-called technological expertise to such dangerous tripe. But equally troubling is the apathetic attitude of the British couple which actually downloaded this garbage. And to those who myopically deny any impact on our culture and youth: read the literature on that subject.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  37. Douglas

    the issue should be about regulating the sale of the game. i dont have an issue about the content of the game, seeing how for the past 15 years not much has been said about such games like Doom, Duke Nuke 'em, or Grand Theft Auto – all games i have played extensively and found highly entertaining. When i bought GTA San Andreas i was required to show my ID just as if i was buying alcohol. there have always been groups protesting the subject matter of things saying how inappropriate it is- from art to music to literature to movies and television shows. video games are just the latest fad to slap this label on but the responsibility ultimately falls on the parents to regulate what their children have access too. i have listined to hard rock like kiss and ac/dc, played shoot em up video games, watched dirty movies, and read novels with graphic violence and sexual content, and i have never felt the urge to go out and rape a woman, shoot up a grocery store or school, or commit some other act of crime. as i said, the responsibility is with parentes until their child is of age then the responsibility is on them

    March 31, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  38. Evelyn Kaye

    Rapelay is just one more way to program the mind of the public about how weak the male species is . The traditional way of programming them that they are superior by telling them they are , is negated by showing them how weak they are . They abuse the powerless by every means possible , even in the church , and then put on a long dress to show their superior spirituality . When a "God" will order children murdered , as in the "Holy Bible" , what else would one expect ? The Rapelay is just one more nail in the coffin of , so called , MEN , who are in fact weak , weak , weak .
    Evelyn Kaye

    March 31, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  39. Meredith

    It's a violent offense that shouldn't be considered okay as a game. It desensitizes a very serious social issue, especially in a time when human trafficking is skyrocketing. And notice the obvious male perspective rather than just a perverted game meant for everyone.

    It's playing off a market that's violent against women. It's a game that plays off the mentality of a rapist, a mentality that we has a society find appalling. So why is this a game??

    It's not a matter of "not letting people do what they want to," it's about coming together as a whole to say that socially this is not acceptable because it is hurtful and demeaning.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  40. Lee

    I don't know if you are aware that these types of items have been available for years. Anime has deplicted rapes of girls by a variety of characters ranging from human to alien, and have been available to the public at any store that sells anime for a very long time now. This game seems to be just taking the anime scene one step farther. I am not surprised this video game was created. I don't like it and don't approve of it, however I can not hold a double standard just because it is a video game. We allow anime, porn and sometimes feature films to deplict rape as a "ok" thing. If we target one, lets target them all and be fair about the process.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  41. Jessica

    To say this is just a game and has no affect on reported rape cases in Japan is ignorant. Rape is a horrific, violent crime that devastates the victims and their familiies. I think more than just women's groups should be appalled at this. We all should as world citizens!

    March 31, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  42. plinky4

    Through games, those persons born with a fetish deemed harmful, such as pedophilia, rape, cannibalism, or necrophilia, are able to find an outlet for their sexuality that does no harm. In a Japanese study, it was shown that the incidence of sex crime actually fell as the availability and variety of pornography increased; in particular, sex crimes involving underage victims decreased significantly. This observation flies in the face of the oft-touted assumption made by anti-game proponents that all games are capable of both training players in real-life-applicable skills, and instilling players with a desire to mimic events ingame.

    These types of "H-games", although they might seem distasteful to those not familiar with the culture, provide an important benefit to society.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  43. arktoi

    We have no problem with killing games so what makes groping worse? Spare me the moral outrage.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  44. Reddie

    Let's see... We have Mulveyhill and Renaud charged with statutory rape of
    Phoebe Prince. She's dead. Now we have rape games that can be accessed online by kids. Yay. What a shameful stupid world we live in.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  45. Christopher

    Far be it from Americans to tell the Japanese what's wrong with their culture.

    As far as passing laws to prevent games like these being made, I think it's a bit hypocritical to invade countries to spread one ideal and then pressure another country to suppress another. Nothing prevents Americans from making games such as Rapelay.

    You're massively overstating the popularity of games like Rapelay even in Japan. The fact that this game was published in 2006 and you're just now covering it in 2010 goes to show how much of a problem it isn't.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  46. Angela

    Our society as a whole has slowly been going downhill in the morality department. It was HUGE when "I Love Lucy" and her husband Ricky shared a bed on T.V! And with each year we become more and more desensitized to things that are outright wrong. By small and simple things are great things brought to pass. If we accept violence and language in a video game then why wouldn't we also accept a different kind of violence? I am in no way in agree-ance with this new game. In fact I'm appalled, but after a few months, all those women’s rights groups are going to fade out, and the video game will still remain.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  47. Elizabeth

    I agree with msgundam2 and Michael, this is old news and people need to stop trying to blame video games, anime, etc. and actually be willing to take responsibility for their actions and if you are worried about your children then perhaps you need to practice better parenting.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  48. AggieCEO

    I can understand the outrage, but what I can't understand is how people don't understand its a VIDEO GAME. As a Gamer I can say that there are WORSE things in video games than rape. Murder for instance. At any rate what I wanted to say was saying that it should be banned from being made is never going to happen, developers can make what they want. Even banning it from stores means nothing as BRICK AND MORTAR STORES ARE NOT HOW MOST PEOPLE GET PC GAMES. They are sold ONLINE and DOWNLOADED. It's JAPAN, they have had Hentai for YEARS and you at CNN are just now noticing this stuff? Did you JUST get the internet? there have been games like this for well er a decade. Right or wrong isn't the question, simply do not buy the game if you don't like it, simple as that.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  49. wolfe

    whether or not you agree with this game or not is not the point. no one will argue that this game is disturbing. so if this game disturbs you, don't play it. if you ban it because its offends you, how long before something you feel comfortable with gets banned because it offends someone else? how long before the bible is considered offensive. are we gonna take every bible of the shelves because a few atheist don't approve of the message the bible has? who decided whats offensive? i don't want to give the right to anyone to take away my rights. more regulations is not the answer. this is still a free country lets act like it. a person can play this game in the privacy of there home and it affects no one else, just like i can read my bible in my home and it affects no one. the instant a person takes what he has seen in this game (which is no different than any R rated movie) and acts on then he has broken a law and should be dealt with.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  50. Eric

    Stop trying to control people CNN. I don't want to play a rape game but if somebody does then let them. No one is forcing people to buy the game and the only reason people are even being exposed to it is because CNN and Kyra feel the need to expose people to it. So they can force thier pov on people who don't want it. Sounds like rape to me. How would CNN react if someone came and "raped" them with with thier "Opinionation" the way CNN and these so called womans groups are forcing thier opinion on people who want to make or buy a product they find fun. Keep it up CNN and we will live in a world where fun is dictated by whoever owns the most tv channels or has the most lobyist. I bet you won't read this post on the air because we can't have the sheep you've careful lulled to sleep stirring from thier slumber and rejecting your fox like "this is the story and this is how you should feel about it" tones. Kyra calls herself a news person? Poppycock!!! Kyra and CNN are just propaganda distribution points shame on you all.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  51. Michael from Florida

    Look, it is just a game! Japan has ALREADY banned games like this last year. We have for far violent video games in the US! Haven't the Japanese been through enough already without the rest of the World breathing down their necks!? It's a free country, just like OURS!

    Those two British gamers into the report were right: A government or public advocacy group shouldn't dictate what games we can on can't play–it's our decision!

    Thank You!

    March 31, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  52. evon

    This is no different from these other violent video games,they all should be ban. Stop disrespecting and insult woman(the mother of civilization). Stop destroying the younsters mind with these games. Why not a popular educated game to teach the youngsters to become successful in life, not criminals.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  53. Maiden

    It is games like this that practically encourage individuals with the predisposition toward such actions. Yes, for some it may begin as a mere morbid curiosity at best, but what of those individuals who lose themselves in this manner of escape into fantasy and cross the lines into reality? By that time it is no longer "just a game" for them and certainly not for their victim(s).

    We have seen similar cases throughout the U.S. previously with violent video games, not to suggets that everyone who plays games of that nature will eventually commit some violent act, but we must take in consideration the age, maturity, and personality traits and capability which place the individual at a higher likelihood of doing so.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  54. papahemi

    There are many upsetting things in the world. When it comes to reporting news, what seems more important.... the fantasy world of video games or the rapes that really happen under the protection of the Catholic Church? Why are people willing to judge these sleazy game makers, but continually no criticism of the real victimizers?

    March 31, 2010 at 9:05 am |
  55. ForThoseWhoDoNotKnow

    "Rape is bad, but is it really that much worse than murder" My daughter, who was almost raped said emphatically yes. There are some things worse than death!!!

    March 31, 2010 at 9:05 am |
  56. A guy from Norway

    Sure is breaking news in here...

    Trolling aside, like msgundam2 pointed out, Japan has pretty much one of the lowest rape rates of the world (around 0.02 per 1000 people). The U.S. on the other hand, has one of the world's highest (roughly 0.3 per 1000 people).

    I don't know about you guys, but I think you should take a good hard look at your own people before start criticizing others.

    Also, the game is pretty much banned everywhere else other than Japan, and kids won't just stumble over it on the internet. They have to actively look for it, which is pretty unlikely if you ask me.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  57. Burt Friedman

    Kyra, i'm always wanting to give y'all some feedback on your stories of the day, so i will finally take time to respond to these people who seem to think that Raping women and girls is a cool thing to do. Why can't they just listen to a little BLUES and GRATEFUL DEAD

    March 31, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  58. billy bingo

    Dunno! Downloading it now, will let you know what I think later. Thanks for telling me about this!

    March 31, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  59. LAGamer

    I can't say I'm too appalled. Admittedly, I'm a gamer and an older one at that, so I am a bit biased, but let's put that aside. What's being missed here is that even if hentai games (Japanese pornographic games) didn't exist, there is still way more free access to the same kind of material on the internet. Of course, you could argue, well someone wouldn't be influenced by the thrill of winning such a game if they didn't exist. The counter argument would be to say that, if I played a first persons shooter, I would be influenced to kill someone overtime, which isn't necessarily the case either.

    Do I think the content goes too far? Maybe, but to single out this one type of game and not look at the bigger problem, which is the degradation of women through pornography and the effect it has on people with unlimited access outside games, is a bit of a miss. If the basis of the report was about how outlandish the content was, then I think CNN needs to focus more on the bigger problem then some h-game maker trying to make a few bucks off their rape simulator. It's like CNN doing a report on a porn site.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  60. Cathy

    I play online games and this is totally appalling to me. How anyone could even enjoy something like this is beyond understanding. Whomever plays should be contacted to attend counseling.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  61. Linda

    What I can't believe is that CNN would even interview that wacky British couple! These are just the perverts that these videos are made for!!!!! The couple's only worry was that protecting children that MIGHT see the video, will interfer with their right to play the video!

    These people re sick! Please don't put them on TV!

    March 31, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  62. leon

    Kyra. Yes, it's disgusting. But is it really any different than watching hardcore pornography? Obviously these things shouldnt be sold to kids, or anyone under 20 (the legal age in Japan).

    It's particularly striking that Japan, a country which censors even "soft" pornography, allows this stuff to get through.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  63. Stefanie Phillips

    I have this RADICAL idea that if you don't like a video game, you shouldn't buy it or play it, but no individual has the right to keep others from playing a game. This is a FREE country!

    March 31, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  64. karen

    Disgusting and degrading.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  65. Makoons Thomas

    Alright I am a gamer, there is no doubt about that This game about rape is one of the worst thing I have ever heard of. I can't believe they would really put a game on the market about rape! That is just an outrage for the gaming world.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  66. Monica

    I find the game to be completely appalling. I am very disappointed that a country would allow this to be published. I hope the gaming company is held responsible for the distribution of this game.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  67. Alex

    Why is this a major topic? No one is being forced to play this game. Japan is a different country. Waste of time.

    Any happy news or only complaining and depression Kyra?

    March 31, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  68. chad

    stop showing this on CNN im 22 and had never heard of this until now....yes its distgusting but if they ban games like that then they should have to ban killing games killing not as bad as rape or something?

    March 31, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  69. Zach From New York

    Like others have said, its just a game. I don't understand how womens rights activists can be so concerned over this when, even in this day and age, women throughout the world are subject to forced sexual slavery, unequal treatment, and degradation. It's just a game that has been brought to light and will quickly be forgotten about within a week or two.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  70. Dan from Poughkeepsie

    Par for the course for Japan, from what I've seen.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  71. Justin

    I think this looks like an awesome game, and am looking forward to playing it. I've been waiting for a game like this to come out for years and I think I'll enjoy it.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  72. jim

    You said this video game was main stream there. That couldn't be more false, you are spreading lies. You need to make a correction. I know they tell you what to say, but i lived there for 15 years and im a gamer.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  73. Paul

    The tone in this report is so racist! CNN has no respect for Japanese culture! Your reporters would never put down a black rap artist for bragging about actually doing much worse acts agnst women then are shown in a fantasy unrealistic video game for adults. What gives you the right to appose on another countries values with your own? Yes, this is much worse then when Muslims behead there women for disobeying. Typical American stereotyping, selective moral outrage and self righteousness. So you are trying to be like FOX news now?

    March 31, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  74. Jackie

    This is just sad that someone has to make a game like that. what is this world coming to. They glorify rape in a video game! this is an outrage!!! By doing this they are making light of rape and that is not ok!

    March 31, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  75. Charles

    Shame on you for repeatedly showing this report! Every web savvy child who sees this report is going to discover what Hentai is now. Simply type it in to a search engine and see what you get, Kyra !

    March 31, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  76. Alan

    If you regulate it then you will claim censorship. It's getting more attention by you doing a story on it. The manufacture wont get my dollars.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  77. Actual Gamer

    I would like to chime in on this discussion. Yes rape is bad, but no we have no right to tell Japan what to do about there entertainment. If they don't think it needs to be regulated then that's there prerogative. As for the people who talk about "murder games", there is a good chance you don't play video games. Also if you make the argument that our children are playing these games then that's the parents fault . Also playing a game does not mean you' ll go out in do it in real life. If we start telling government to police games more, then movies will, be next, followed by books, then people will lose they're right to be creative all together.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  78. Eric

    Oh yes let's continue to show it on CNN and instigate. Did the game makers and thier customers ask you to advertise thier product? Did they ask you what you think? I think that CNN should be banned for advertising this game. Make any sense? Carry any wieght? Oh wait if I don't want to watch CNN I can change the channel. Ahhhhhhh and if you don't like rape games don't buy them. Now let's stop minding everyone elses buisness and get this rafter out of kyra's eye.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  79. Corey

    come on we have all these games ALL OVER THE PLACE where u kill and get killed in disgusting ways constantly. But no one says these games should be pulled ever. How can people seriously consider this game one to be pulled but games where u decapitate people are acceptable. the answer is because there just games and they are clearly virtual and nothing more. people that are so influenced enough by them to actually consider doing the things that are in video games in real life, are the people that need to undergo psychological testing since they cant distinguish reality from fantasy.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  80. Greg

    Stopping folks from making a game that shows any crime would essentially remove almost all video games from the market. During the last Superbowl they advertised a video game where you slaughter humanoid 'demons' in a very graphic and bloody manner. No one flinched. At all.

    Would banning these games fix anything in society? Probably not.

    This is just the same argument with a different subject, ban guns, ban drugs, ban alcohol, ban trans-fats.

    I thought this was America, we have rights here.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  81. No Zaku

    Two words, cultural differences.

    Also would like to reiterate the relative low rape rate in Japan as compared to the U.S.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  82. stacey

    I wonder how would the creators of the game feel if someone decided to act out one of these game on their wives or children? Would they be okay with that? There lack of judgment to create such graphic should be left have been left in their imagination.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  83. Kim

    As a mother of a 12 y/o I am disgusted to hear about this game. What person in there right mind would even develop a game that lets people rape women! This game needs to get banned in the US and Japan needs to stop developing these games. Do they not have a sister or mother to think about? So disgusting and this is not just a game!

    March 31, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  84. Archer

    This should be banned! What a pathetic attempt to make money. This type of predatory media is what is transforming minds into machines of violence against women. The amendment that protects peoples right to express themselves, not victimize a gender that is already has a following of violent predators. Rape is murder...perhaps not a physical death but it murders the souls of the rape victims. For many victims, death would be better than to live with the scars of rape each day. If this doesn't get banned, then I guess this leave the door wide open on games celebrating child molesation, presidential assasination, or how about the castration of men?

    March 31, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  85. Dave

    People need to stop getting so worked up over a video game. Japan is a different country with a different set of rules. There is nudity in TV and video games regularly; it is not uncommon there. The American people need to stop trying to control people in other countries. It is none of our business. If you do not like it, then do not download it or play it. Japan is not forcing this down your throats; it is not even sold in American stores. So why don't the American people do the same and stop forcing their OPINIONS onto other countries? Americans would be PISSED if Japan tried to come over here and ban something we thought was okay.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  86. Brenda

    i think this is the most disgusting thing i have ever heard and adults need to stand up and stop this before some sick minded person wants to try it for real. Everyone just turns their heads and this is whats really happening to our precious children no one cares enough to do something.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  87. Jacob Minter

    The government should not get involved. You shouldn't get veto power over your neighbor's game collection, no matter how sickening it might be. It's just a game.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  88. cory

    Why do people want to ban Rapelay, but not the Grand Theft Auto games(and others like it) where people are murdered? Isn't murder worse than rape? Banning this game is censorship. If you don't like the game, you don't have to play it. There is absolutely no evidence that this game creates any sort of threat to public safety.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  89. houston

    And everyone wants to know what isgoing on with the children today this is why you are teaching them how to mistreat children and women you are also teaching them thats its okay to raise and look under women clothing let alone feel on them mainly you teachin them how to become pedofiles and something needs to be done about the games that they are coming out with.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  90. Pamla Walls

    Hi Kyra,

    The game is horrible, but really why all the outrage? There are games that are of people being slain. What is the difference? There is none in my opinion. Thanks Pam Walls

    March 31, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  91. joe

    this game is disgusting, what happens if kids get ahold of this game? will this show the children its fun to rape people? people say its just a game but everything does have a stoping point and i beleive this is where games should not cross.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  92. nola is love

    This is absolutly disgusting!! As a personal friend of someone who has been raped and to know the horror they have to live with EVERY day, to make a video game that makes light of it is compleltly out of line. I don't care if its only released in always find a way to get what they want and this will find a way to get into the US. I am astonished & shocked that people can make, distribute, & buy this game anywhere!

    March 31, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  93. egbert

    Those games are just the tip of the iceberg. Hentai comics are as accessible as any other type of comic in Japan. You see men and teenagers read them in the subway all the time. What is worse are how many school girls are actually groped everyday in Tokyo's packed subways and the offenders get away with it everytime. A study into those cases could be even more shocking than the distribution of games.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  94. George

    Well, it is just a video game and nobody really cares about what people do these days cause they don't care. People grow up wrong and do these things for money and such, I have seen many games like these and worse in Japan but its their country, so basically its just a video game and who cares, let these perverts have their fun, people do bad things in the world these days, this counts as one of them.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  95. Paul

    Not only is this degrading to look at violence as a game, in this rape, think of the child sex offenders who look at this and get ideas and then follow thru with them when the are excited by this type of behavior. It should be criminal to even sell or permit these games to leave Japan...

    March 31, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  96. Raaj

    This goes to show where the world is headed. The violence games, rape games and all the video games for that matter of fact are responsible partly for today's youth being where they are (good for nothing).

    These things should not be entertained on the national network also and a ban on all games depicting vulgarity, violence and rape should be banned by one and all.


    March 31, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  97. Dave

    Oh and before all you people start blaming video games to be the cause of violence in our youth, look at your own parenting in the mirror first. Kids have been violent way before video games where invented. Bullies have been around for a while now.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  98. Robert G. Dyson

    Kyra, this is not a game at all. What it is has to be from a twisted...perverted...demented mind. As if there isn't enough rape, theft, murder, and every other type of crime you can think of, now we have some idiot/idiots creating what they call a game that will only incite more actual rapes. Since the United States is trying to do away with God, and the foundations our country was built on, this type of thing will happen here also. The perverts who created this should be jailed for life.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  99. anonymous

    Why do people continually feel the need to control what others do in the privacy of their home? I think parents are just scared they'll actually have to be parents and monitor what their children are doing!

    March 31, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  100. Tyler Durden 3 1 6

    Dear CNN,

    Your headline reads "Rape Lay: Has it gone too far?"

    This article closes with "Our Question: A rape video game, do we really have to go there?"

    Good game, CNN. "Yes, or No, doesn't matter, you're still agreeing with us." NO means NO! You've really forced your will upon us here CNN...kind of gets me in the mood for a little rapelay, actually.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  101. Ian

    As an avid gamer, I'm very much against the suppression of these from the public, however, I am in support of parents talking to their children about the so-called "evils" of the world: rape, murder, etc. If this game were to come out in the United States (which it never will if the laws remain the same), it would have an ESRB rating of Adults Only, anyways, and it probably wouldn't even be stocked in mainstream stores like Best Buy.

    In the end though, I stand by my previous assertion that it isn't the accessibility of these types of items, it is the fault of the guardians of the individuals who play these games to make sure they know what is appropriate behavior for real life.

    Finally, in addition to my previous point about game ratings, pay attention to them. I was at a store not even a week ago where a man was buying his son, not a day older than seven, a copy of God of War III, which carries an ESRB rating of M, so that only those above the age of 17 are meant to be able to purchase it.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  102. Richie

    you have to be kidding me, its a video game. these days all video games have something twisted in them, and theirs plenty of games based on murder and killing (which is much worse then rape) and nobody does anything about that. u want to know why nobody does anything? because NOBODY cares THAT much. its a stupid video game that probably won't even be that popular. let the developers make what they want and keep your nose out if Japan's business

    March 31, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  103. Nerissa

    This proves that the world has gone mad!!! What were the makers of such a game thinking? They have absolutely no morals. Whoever they
    are, they should be charged with some type of crime of malice and intend to harm females. The game is simply someone living out a fantacy and they are dangerous. This is despicable!!
    Ner. Miami

    March 31, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  104. kent, NJ

    Absolutely. A women is raped every 30 seconds in the U.S. but it is hardly ever talked about in the meida. All we heard during the iraq invasion was how many women sadam hussein raped, well he didn't rape a women every 30 seconds. This is a sick game for the enjoyment of sick people. If you enjoy this game you need help. I suspect this game will be a big seller in the u.s. It is also time to shut down the catholic priest child abusers once and for all. I don't think tax exemptions should be given to an organization that engages in child rape.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  105. B Van Kuren

    Hi Kyra,

    Just a brief comment regarding your story about disgusting games circulating from Japan. Last week Rich Sanchez put a politician on his list of people you wouldn't want to be for criticizing the very same games. I believe its time for Mr. Sanchez to rethink his comments. Yes, this particular elected representative may have gone overboard with his comments, but it was on his personal e-mail and Mr. Sanchez may not have been aware of how disturbing some of these videos really are. Perhaps he might want to rethink his comments regarding this elected official.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  106. Shehu Abdulrahman

    I think you are giving it an unnecessary attention. must people never heard of the game till now. And now that it is all out, you need to see how everyone you talk to is talking about the game.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  107. Carole Soare

    The particular game you spoke of is an outrage to civilization! In many parts of our society people are dipping to the lowest depths ever known to humankind. Perhaps we have achieved so much materialism that we no longer have to struggle to survive. What is the saying, an idle mind is the devil's workshop?

    I also want to comment about the bullying or persecution of students. It is true that many faculty members do ignore these events. I am a former teacher and was often appalled by such comments as "boys will be boys" or "just ignore them" etc. In my classes the students knew I would not tolerate such abuse or misbehavior. My classes were a safe haven because I interrupted bad behavior immediately. There needs to be heavy training about this. Unfortunately, untold numbers of students have suffered abuses that were often criminal and left lasting marks on the students. My own children, gentle souls and outstanding citizens, also suffered. One son received a concussion and the other, two concussions. Nothing was done about it.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  108. Stephen Downey

    Although I certainly DO NOT want my son playing or even knowing about games like this, I know that as a parent it is my job to look out for him. So many blame everyone else for their problems, I say as parents and as Americans take reasonability for yourself and your kids. If you can’t, or want take responsibility for your kids than you should not have had kids. Help put this nation back on the right track by being a responsible member of society.

    Stephen Downey from Alabama.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  109. Gerald Burnham

    Come on Keria,you know no one what they see in the media affects them and would act out on it.Besides if you have a problem with it,turn the station or don't look.Isn't that the mantra you media types have been pushing for years.Are you advocating censorship like those RW bible thumpers. Seems when Dan Quale spoke out aginst the Ice Tea recordings in the 90's advocating killing police officers in his CD Cop killer,CNN and the rest of the news media had your microphones in his face dressing him down and trying to make a fool out of him. You meida types thought you were pretty cute about it all.Now you got what you got and we are what we are and your shocked that there's gambling going on in Rick's cafe. Now the same people who for years who have spoken out against the filth and violence for years,that you the media labeld as nothing more as book burning Nazi's,you now want them to come behind and clean up your mess.HA,What are you going to do to changed and accept any responsiblity on your part.That's easy NOTHING.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  110. Rich

    I don't understand what the big deal is. This is a video game and nothing more. Video games do not encourage people to do anything, they are just video games. A video game is not reality and is far from it. I see violence like this in movies and read about it in books all the time and no one says a thing. If this is the case then why just target video games? Why not take all the books and movies that depict violence off the shelves as well? If you don't like the game don't buy or play it, simple as that. Games like this aren't even available in America anyway. We don't run the world, and we don't have the right to tell these game makers what they can and can not make. People have a right to their opinions don't get me wrong, but they shouldn't be forcing their opinions onto others.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  111. Dara

    I am absolutely apalled by the game as well the comments posted here. Although the fact that this is even being discussed illustrates our society's (world society) attitude toward women.

    Women are shamed and humilated for their
    bodies by men their entire life, beginning at puberty. This game is spreading views toward women that they are violatable and are here to be violated via their body.

    Finally, what are young girls at home suppose to feel when they see such a thing. Most likely ashamed of their bodies and singled out.

    Waking up to this game situation truly sickened me this morning. Fantasy or not, ideas and thougts are spreading that legitimate
    assault agaisnt women as well as stigmatize and ostracize them.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  112. Cori Zee

    Shocking to us, but no surprise it is coming out of Japan. Just another day at the office for Japanese organized crime who own the sex trade over there, and have no boundaries. Laws are weak there and the tentacles of the yakuza reach into everything. Read Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein, better yet interview him... it's an ugly picture.
    Clamping down on crime there would turn Japan into another Mexico...

    March 31, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  113. Mikey from Elmira, NY

    We should look at this objectively. There have been video games where you can take innocent human life going back far before the Grand Theft Auto series. It's a little late to pick up a game and claim "this goes too far." No normal individual will play this game and suddenly decide to sexually assault someone. I can see how people can find this kind of thing utterly disgusting. To these people I suggest simply not buying or not promoting this game. I never heard of this game before the piece you guys did on CNN. Censorship is un-American and creating a public controversy only serves to promote the game. I suggest parents ensure their children aren't playing this and beyond that, speak with your wallet. If you don't like it don't buy it.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  114. Steven Shepard

    Thank you CNN for informing me about this new video game product. I look forward to the creators making a version of this game that features a female American, judgmental TV journalist.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  115. Harrison

    Obviously, it's not a...good game. However, it was released 4 years ago, and to bring attention to it now in an attempt to manufacture outrage is just as appalling as the game itself.

    If you guys are gonna try to stir up controversy over something, try to do it when said object is new, not when it's four years old. It shows just how far behind the old media really is.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  116. patrice

    It's not unusual to see some kind of weird sexual behavior in Japanese video game and animation. In fact, if you look back in the past, Japanese animation have often carry out image of immature women or even girl in sexual-related situation. In a world of constant grow of media sharing and communication capability we become more aware of this problem now that it come across our frontiers in our computers. But make no mistake, the problem is worldwide and mainly cause in my opinion by the too much easy and abundant access to pornography of all sort, marginalisation of the youth crowd around the world (mainly the male youth) in work through a change of value, and the kind of floating idea that you can do anything you want in those modern time (this idea feeded by the "i" and "you" phenomenon). It's no surprise that Japan officilial lay low on this story : Japan is a male driven society. In my point of wiew, Grand Thieft Auto is no better at all and the solution to face this phenomenon is to teach our youth that this is no good for them.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  117. Lindsay

    The problem with violence against women in these types of games is not necessarily that a few kids may be tempted to act out this violence in real life, it is that violence, particularly violence against women, becomes normalized. Women's groups who are outraged at these games are fighting an uphill battle against the types of crimes and attitudes towards women that are depicted and therefore promoted by these games. Women's groups fight against the oppression of people everywhere, and what they do is extremely important. We need to raise consciousness about horrible violence against women, not make it some sort of sick 'entertaining' 'fun' activity. We need to move forward, not backward. What if we had games depicting violence against other oppressed groups, like a game about hanging and lynching black people? I think in any case it is disgusting. I guess violence against women is just so normalized as it is that people seem to accept these disgusting, dangerous games.

    Whether these types of games are banned or not it will probably make no difference, sadly, because the attitudes towards women are just that out of whack in this country. It would be nice for all of these types of products to be banned because of the attitudes they promote, but frankly, that attitude is so pervasive I doubt if it will ever change.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  118. Denise

    Violence against women has been on the rise. "Games" like these are part of the reason. This only gives young males the idea that this is an acceptable practice. Look at the boys who gang raped an 8 year old girl recently- they had seen rapes routinely in their homeland. They thought it was "normal". Do we really want to promote this behavior by making a game of it? Unfortunately banning it will cause some people to buy it out of curiousity or stubbornous. Normally I would not subscribe to the destroy all copies mentality but I see only harm coming from this game.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  119. Stewart

    Rape fantasy is a part of Japan's culture. It's in video games, toys, magazines, porn and even the bedroom. Most young Japanese women role play rape in the bedroom. I lived there for years and it's simply a Japanese thing. I would not buy those types of videos but it's a big part of their culture. It's only a big deal to women's groups and the west.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  120. Wetcoaster

    Kyra, your outrage and disgust is hypocritical. The game is banned, the story is 4 years old, yet it is CNN which is bringing it back to life. Front page on your website and rotating on your newsroom. The "game" is disturbing, but no more so than many other american "games" that involve getting as many weapons as you can to kill as many people as you can. A very poor attempt at journalism...

    March 31, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  121. s.pascali

    Exposure is the most effective learining tool we have as human beings; more so when we are children. These 'Games' will be teaching young boys a number of crimes toward any age of the female gender. The persons who created these 'games' are criminals.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  122. Kathryn

    By the way, rape is considered to be worse than murder due to the fact hat you are being targeted and violated through sex- murder is murder and ones body is not violated nor is
    one shamed.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  123. Kay Little

    Whether it is a rape game, suicide from extreme bullying or so called militias looking to kill policemen perhaps we should look closer at the true effect that our political anger, monetary greed and overall behavior, which is being conducted by the leaders and followers, is having on this country. We see continual displays of vicious words and demonstrations. We hear statements which begin with rudeness and end in lies and threats. Is the ugly face of much of our society setting the standard of acceptable behavior? Aren't we teaching by example?

    March 31, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  124. A different culture

    People have already spoken on the cultural differences and made some valid points. What is appropriate in the west is totally different from what is appropriate in Japan. Anime, Hentai, Manga, and vide games are some of their largest markets. The gov makes money from it, so ofcoarse they are not going to speak on it. Im not worried about it because there is no way a U.S. retailer would stock it. The activists have already won over here.

    So, yeah, I'm not interested in a rape simulator. But I dont see any activism against a shooter or adventure game where I can decapitate, burn, chainsaw, or sever the limbs of any MAN that I want. Heck, if it were a hollywood movie, it would win an oscar. Why is that? Because it sells enough copies to fill the Trump Tower.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  125. Stephanie

    I think the one thing that needs to be emphasized here is that as far as American gaming is concerned, this was on the fringe of the fringe of PC import gaming. Few people in the anglosphere have even played this game and I don't think it was any star-seller in Japan, despite Kyra calling it "mainstream" in the television report. Erotic games are one small portion of the market and one that has never and probably never will make a visible dent into the English-speaking market. And as others have said, it's already been banned in Japan, so why are we even discussing this beyond an obvious attempt to stir up some controversy and increase blog traffic?

    March 31, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  126. Lily

    I notice a lot of posters stating that the game is only available in Japan. I would urge CNN to check out the debauchery present in Second Life which is owned by an American Company based in San Francisco, Linden Labs. Rape doesn't begin to cover it. Role played slavery, extreme bsdm, torture, bukake, and violent death for the purpose of sexual arousal. There are many people in the Second Life community that use this global platform for education, issue awareness, exposure to art, music and other social networking aspects. However, the violent porn not only exists but flourishes. Anyone raising the issue of the extreme nature of some of this is harassed and ridiculed on the basis that it is indulged in by two consenting adults. However, the consensus is that most of the "women" avatars are actually men participating in order to create these interactive scenes of sexual torture and degradation. To those women who feel they are fulfilling their violent victim fantasy in a safe way, I would say they are enabling sadists to psychologically reinforce their most heinous and violent tendencies. There is research mounting that these interactive experiences affect people psychologically. Constant indulgence in pathalogical behavior is positively reinforced in these interactive creations. I think it's dangerous and wrong. Also, Linden Labs created and "adult" continent. Child avs are allowed there though child avs are technically not supposed to participate in animations of sexual nature but as public sex is rampant in the adult areas, they are little voyeurs. Now, those that create child avs are adults but as far as I'm concerned they are simply participating in the creation of child pornography. These are beyond cartoon images. These 3D virtual environments pride themselves in their realism. I would like to see the American media take on this American company that is still utilizing access to extreme interactive porn as a profit center while at the same time actively courting businesses and educational institutions to expand their utilization of the global platform.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  127. Trina

    Raped at 16 and bullied for many years by men and family – I can only cry for this young woman – and wonder why we must instruct through video games – these horrible crimes that ruin the lives of so many woman and children, and men.
    Bullying is usually in front of others, witnesses who do nothing. It's a game. They are as accountable, if they do nothing. Now they have videos to instruct and demean? What is wrong with these computer artists? They are accountable with their karma of their images – and their audience think it is a game. Rape and twister for kids? Sick and sad – this has to stop.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  128. An actual gamer

    I'm 19 years old and I've been playing video games since I was 4. This is nothing new in Japan, they've been making sick "games" like this since the late '90s. Now I'd never dream of playing something like this, but it's no different than what kids could find on the internet (free porn for example). There's a reason American game makers don't create things like this because they know there's a line.

    I think this will just give people who think video games are the worst thing ever another reason to complain even though most of them haven't even played a game themselves. I'm not saying this is okay, it's not, but people need to stop comparing "games" like this to ones like Modern Warfare 2.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  129. Kathy Cervenka

    This game is a disgusting outrage! Are Japanese men so threatened by
    their women that they need to attempt to demean and control them by
    violence? Are they so sexually emasculated that they need to rape to feel sexually in charge? A game is never just a game; it's reflective of what's going on in a particular culture. Apparently, the Japanese culture has zero respect for it's women. Until these women refuse to be disrespected and violated by these men, the sexual violence will continue. I was going to purchase a Japanese car however, I changed my mind. Until the violence against women continues in Japan, I and all the women I know will no longer purchase a Japanese product.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  130. Mary Ann Baker

    Kyra – There are already enough movies and series during prime time that show too much sex and violence to our kids. This new(?) sex video only enhances the way our kids will grow up believing this behaviour is okay. For some, It's only when they are thrown in the clink they get the idea it is wrong. Thinking parents will, or can, catch everything like this is absurd. Even parents make mistakes or let their guard down at some time. Too much government or too little government – somebody's needs to put a stop to this. It seems a shame that we should have to tell our 4,5,6 year olds about the birds and the bees just to know they will know the truth when they hear different by the time they are 6,7,8 years old.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  131. Cheryl from Mo.

    It makes me sick. This is exactly what is meant when you say degrading women. It wont be long before the only women with any value will be the hottest one on the aution block and it's not just this game some many of them are sick. The govererment things they can force a person to buy something they don't want are can't afford but they do noting to stop they way women are treated in video games, movies, even radio. It's in your face everyday and you can't avoid it even when you try. Did people forget that childern learn by watching? They are being damaged and they don't even know it.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  132. Roll Oita

    I don't even get why we are even having such a debate over this. I'm a female. I'm an adult. If I choose to play such a game, it's my business. These games aren't handed out to children. They aren't even advertised in such a way that children should be inticed by them. They are made, played, and advertised by a niche group of people who have an interest in that fetish. We are a people, not only as a nation have to stop blaming other people's actions on the media they enjoy. If someone is a sick bastard in real life, punish them. What they do in virtual life, beit running through streets killing soldiers (Which nobody complains about), glorified high detail fighting (again no one complains about), enjoying shows that tell people to go against the grain of society in ways that are purely illegal, or enjoying a fetish.

    And to be quite honest, nobody looks for that game until it's brought up by news companies trying to cash in on a concept or trivial feminist groups that are heavyhanded and misinformed.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  133. ToeKneeF

    Kyra, I find this report disturbing but not for the reasons you might think of...........this is a very disturbing example of Amerika's cultural imperialism. We would never countenance any foreign interference regarding our views on gun control yet have no qualms about telling other nations how they should think or act.

    In Japanese society, comic books (like Sailor Moon) and video games are viewed as a safe outlet for the sexual fantasies of older Japanese men. These outlets have been there for decades and, within Japanese society, appear to be effective. Yet non of that matters because our sensibilities are outraged and the Japanese MUST CHANGE, in order to assuage our outrage.

    I personally don't condone the games and would never have them in my home or allow my children to play them but, I would not seek to impose my cultural mores on an entire society, in direct contravention to their social mores.


    March 31, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  134. a 11 year old girl from canada

    I beleive that it is a disscrass to women all over i meen what sicko whould play this...people say it is no biggie but what if kids,teens,or adults start to think it would be fun to actualy go out and do it...because the game no longer gives them the thrill!!!!and in my oppinione the parents who are letting this game into there house....i know for a fact almost all the girls in my school would say take it off the shelfs!!!and to the people who made this game like GROW UP and if that is the best thing you can find to do with your life you need to get a new hobby like.....nitting,or coin collecting anything but you should go to jail i mmeen if it were up to me you WILL GO TO JAIL!!!!

    March 31, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  135. Renata

    WOW..... really?? Are there NO boundaries left ??

    What's next? .... A video game where you can kidnap and kill children? What the hell is wrong with people?

    " RAPE and GAME " shouldn't even be used in the same sentence ...

    March 31, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  136. Renelle

    This is absolutely disgusting. In a world where our children are being exposed to progressively worsening scenes of violence I believe this even crosses that threshold. The thought of a game with this theme literally makes me nauseated, and this could have tragic results. Is this a game to condition potential rapists? What type of person would enjoy this? Virtual rape seems like a prelude to the actual act, and we need to monitor these types of games!

    March 31, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  137. Eric

    Let's see if Kyra is as gratuitous in the reading of the negative comments on this blog as she is being on her Cornell suicide story in the reading of the negative comments about the fences. Or if she picks the comments that back up her employers safe "opinion".

    March 31, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  138. Cjay

    I think the old people just need to get with it, what happens to people that when they have kids they go into denial mode and forget what kind of trouble they got into as children. Now multiply that by our current culture.

    I'm 24, due to the internet by the time we were in the 4th grade my friends and I knew pretty much every disgusting porno category that could possibly exist, we were going into chat rooms and having virtual sex, had some of the foulest mouths ever, and were busy downloading super nintendo games from all over the world that we never would be able to afford.

    I remember clearly coming across Super Nintendo games from Japan that would just be words I couldn't comprehend and every time you pushed a button a different picture of a cartoon naked woman would pop up.

    There's not a thing our parents could have done about it if they wanted to, besides having to work and leave us unsupervised for hours we knew more about computers and the internet by the 6th grade than they do now. We grew up with them.

    Despite all that I've grown up to be a pretty well adjusted college student with a thriving small business. I've never raped anyone, I could care less for beer/alcohol/nicotine outside of the occasional indulgence at social gatherings, and I'm a pretty nice guy to know.

    Now what do you think my 12 year old brother is exposed to now? When I was a kid they were picketing to get Married with Children off the air, seen whats on MTV and Cartoon Network lately?

    Thats why I communicate with my little brother like he's a smart, rational human being and not an ignorant child.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  139. Noel in texas

    I am an avid gamer, as well as a acivist for games themselves. I do believe that violent games are only as real as the person playing them makes them. Saying that I think that there is no room in the gaming world for a game like this. All other voilent ames have a story, a plot , an objective to complete for the greater good. A game wich sole objetive is raping women and only raping women is not a game, it is a simulator. A simulator for closet perverts to get there jollies touching women. blowing up their skirts and yes raping them. The diference is I dont play thse gams becouse i want to kill, I play for fun. These people play becouse they real want to rape, or maybe already have. Thi is why I sa it is a simulator, it mimics te real life desires of these people, and that is just sick. Dont even consider this a game, it gives the gaming world a bad rap in a time when it already has one.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  140. Diane Falzone

    (THIS video from Japan, or anywhere else, must be stopped)! From the beginning of time, women have been exploited, misused and abused. The only man in time that I know stood up for a woman was "Jesus", in behalf of (the woman who who was being stoned in the town square). Jesus approached them all and said to them "why are you doing this to her, and they responded and said because she is a sinner/an adulterer", and Jesus said to them all, "you who is without sin, cast the first stone", and they all left. Jesus loved his mother, Mary Magdalene, and included them in his ministry with love and equality. You would think that the world would get it by now! I for one, thank goodness, am not a woman who would allow myself (nor have I been) abused, but my sensitivity toward this issue is ever so heightened because of what I have known from history and presently.
    It is up to us (women as a whole), to not allow ourselves to be exploited in any way. I am sorry to say, but unfortunately, this even begins with women modeling, dancing for attraction, etc. These things are the seeds that are planted in the minds of unstable people and expanded upon from that point. Women, must "now and forever", stand up for their own self respect, set a precedence not only for themselves, but for all women, for all future generations to come. Then and probably only then, will we see a difference in how we are perceived. Signed... one who is hopeful, Diane.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  141. Jeff

    Should we be concerned about these rape and sexual violation games? Ask yourself how many times we will have to see students gun down their peers or taunt them until they hang themselves in despair before we admit that the graphic violence of video games has not only desensitized today’s youth to death, but has taught them that killing others is an acceptable means of conflict resolution? Then ask how long will it take for these repulsive games to increase the desire and occurrence of violent sexual attacks, including the rape of girls barely into their teenage years? And how much longer will it take for us to admit that fiction affects reality?

    March 31, 2010 at 9:44 am |
  142. Virginia in Wisconsin

    ” Human dignity says such ‘games or actions’ are totally wrong. It's not about 'women’s rights' it's about human respect and morality. Men as well as women, old as well as young…. should be offended by such depraved ‘games’. The couple who felt this game is ‘fine’ and should not be restricted 'because some ‘kid’ might get it”, demonstrates the level of immorality and lack of ‘self-discipline’ – deeply lacking. People call such ‘games’ adult – so let’s defer to an excellent question: “When is a person ever old enough to do wrong?” I.e. If it’s wrong for a teen what makes it right for a person of years. We shouldn’t label immature people ‘adults’ – they are merely ‘children’ in old bodies.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  143. Ben

    People don't become murderers, rapist, airplane pilots, knights or samurais because of video games, movies or music.
    If someone commits a violent crime there are some underlying mental issues that should be treated.

    I wish parents would stop expecting the media to raise their children. It is your child and your responsibility to teach him or her right from wrong. It is pointless to expect the media to be shaped after the values of every individual. If you don't like it, turn away from it the same way you do when a television show you dislike comes on.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  144. patrice

    I just read other comment and something "micheal from florida" wrote catch my attention : he mention that it's our decision to play violent game or not. This is exactly what i meant : there is a kind of idea these days that "I can do whatever I want because "I" choose to, which should be replace by " I can do whatever i want but i won't because it's not right at all to play and encourage that kind of game". I totally agree with "Evon" who says we dont need more game giving bad references to our kids, and when they are going to make good educational games to "become sucessfull and life, not crimonals".

    March 31, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  145. Albert

    Where can i play this game?

    March 31, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  146. krabboss

    I'm not really sure why this is such an issue when rape fantasy presented in other media is perfectly fine. Also, this game was only very briefly available in the US, and that was over a year ago. Also, consider the fact that to even want to play this game, the play must already have a rape/forced/whatever fetish (and this is perfectly fine – it doesn't mean they actually rape people). How about instead of spouting THINK OF THE CHILDREN you give it some thought next time.

    This game does not make you a rapist.
    Just like war games do not make you kill people.
    Just like etc. etc. etc.

    If you do happen to hear a story on the news, saying that a kid was influenced by *insert latest blockbuster game* and killed somebody, a) they're lying or b) the kid was mentally unstable.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  147. Dave

    Here here Jacob Minter! You have the right idea!

    March 31, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  148. Sharon Ransom

    I am disgusted that anyone would construct any kind of entertainment like this. It is degrading and disrespectful. No doubt there is an audience that would welcome such a fantasy...which when played enough could fuel the said video player to further act out their fantasy-to furnish a more fulfilling thrill encroaching on someone else.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  149. Moris

    People don't realize this game is not available for retail anywhere. It has been banned from sale, this is old news.

    First of all, your 12-year old brother won't have access to this unless someone teaches him to acquire it. Second of all, everyone is acting as if all males are one step away from becoming rapist and that this is all that needs to push them over the edge. Can we be a little bit more logical and acknowledge that rapist have psychological problems that have been around long before this game's existence?

    March 31, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  150. Anuschka

    As an exchange student in Japan, I endured gropings almost every day as I journeyed to and from school on Tokyo's crowded trains. The sense of acceptance and normalcy expressed by the Japanese girls when I spoke to them about it upset me very much. I would never expect Japan to curb production of such popular games and manga that depict horrific acts against women while the nation continues to tacitly condone the mistreatment of its daughters everyday on its commuter trains. My experiences on those trains forever soured my feelings for Japanese culture and this newest vile game doesn't surprise me at all.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  151. Star

    Is there no more moral? I cannot believe how someone would even consider doing something like that and we as a people allow it to happen. I'm outraged not because I am a woman but at how we've allowed such lewdness and hide it behind freedom in this country.
    What are we teaching our younger generation, our future leaders. This is a very sad state and my heart is broken to see how this has gone for so long and someone would really deemed this to be okay. I hope we can do much more than just stopping these games to be put on shelves of our stores but put the people who come up with such a thing behind bars. There is no telling what they are doing in the real world.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  152. No Zaku

    Yes, let's ban games for whatever reason we can imagine. I suppose we can use the infamous Jack Thompson as an example for how to go after video games. After all, we can do anything if it's for the children.

    In fact, let's ban Pac-Man, because it obviously promotes discrimination against ghosts. Let's not forget, you can kill them if you have sufficient imperative (like a power pellet and a desire to get to the next level).

    March 31, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  153. Danny Estes

    Pandora's Box has already been opened. Make the effort to control? yes. Will it do any good? no. It will do as much good as gun control. Every game you can buy off the shelf has a free on-line version. Plus games on-line you think are OK for your kids to play can have private chat rooms or servers can offer private voice-chat (terrorist communication heaven) and private areas in-game for their "virtual activities" (role playing). Its up to parents to monitor there kids and actually raise them instead of handing them cash for games, a cell phone, a car and unlimited internet access and letting them run wild. Make this type of game off the shelf unavailable? Absolutely. Will it keep it out of your kids hands? Not unless you take the time to be a Parent.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  154. Dan - California

    As a father of two daughters, I am outraged at such a video game sport. This crosses the line of morality, discraceful is my view of this game and company who produces it.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  155. Heather

    The media always throws a huge fit when violent video games are released. You guys made a big deal out of GTA and all its followers. And what happened when this violent game of crime came out, the average crime rate decreased. Who's to say that after this "rape" game is released that the rate of rape crimes won't decrease. As others have said, no one will argue that this is game is 'disturbing' and wrong..

    March 31, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  156. Sharon Ransom

    so what if you dont like rape...then dont play the game?! There is nothing fun about rape. Its wrong! & those of you who think video games are a scapegoat, wake-up! human mind is a pliable thing...what you feed your mind becomes a part of you...we have enough violent video games...preparing our teen agers to be really NOT efficient contributors to our society!
    Interestingly enough American students need to step it up in their academics!

    March 31, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  157. rich spry

    I disagree with Wolfe, granted it's just a video game but there are too many people out there that have a hard time separating fantasy from reality that will play the game and possibly get carried away and hurt someone

    March 31, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  158. Kojo

    I have always been taught to respect woman and for a video game like this to be played it goes against all my morals. The people who made this game must be absolutely sick.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  159. george

    This game cannot be allowed to influence young (and old) impressionable minds. These games begin to merge into reality for many. As to the suggestion that it is just a game and "game developers" will develop what they want; that is a definite argument for making it illegal. While that may be viewed as naive, the effect of making it illegal would make game developers hesitate before doing such things. This is just not to be allowed.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  160. Virginia Thompson

    ” Human dignity says such ‘games or actions’ are totally wrong. It's not about 'women’s rights' it's about human respect and morality. Men as well as women, old as well as young…. should be offended by such depraved ‘games’. The couple who felt this game is ‘fine’ and should not be restricted 'because some ‘kid’ might get it”, demonstrates the level of immorality and lack of ‘self-discipline’ – deeply lacking. People call such ‘games’ adult – so let’s defer to an excellent question: “When is a person ever old enough to do wrong?” I.e. If it’s wrong for a teen what makes it right for a person of years. We shouldn’t label immiture people ‘adults’ – they are merely ‘children’ in old bodies

    March 31, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  161. cc

    People don't become murderers,or rapist's because of video games, movies or music.
    If someone commits a violent crime there are some underlying mental issues that should be treated.

    parents sould stop expecting the media to raise their children. It is your child and your responsibility to teach him or her right from wrong. It is pointless to expect the media to be shaped after the values of every individual. If you don't like it, turn away from it the same way you do when a television show you dislike comes on.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  162. Ken

    People don't become murderers, rapist, airplane pilots, knights or samurais because of video games, movies or music.
    If someone commits a violent crime there are some underlying mental issues that should be treated.

    I wish parents would stop expecting the media to raise their children. It is your child and your responsibility to teach him or her right from wrong. It is pointless to expect the media to be shaped after the values of every individual. If you don't like it, turn away from it the same way you do when a television show you dislike comes on.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  163. G Whipple

    It is an abomination that these violent video games (and other violent media) exist. The participants are desensitized to immorality, therefore degrading acts against children, women and men become prevalent. Yet society as a whole lies dormant in its will to demand that violent media be abolished. So lazy are we in letting it be someone else’s problem, we are only temporarily rallied to action when a rape, murder, or a sad epitaph about a Phoebe Prince occurs in our towns. Kyra please continue to stir hearts and minds to action this time.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  164. Nelson

    Anything that promotes violence should be frowned on, not just rape and abuse to women but in general. The video games I see on Play Station such as Grand Theft Auto where guns and fights and car crashes are included should be banned as well as a game promoting rape which is just a magnification of this problem.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  165. Addie

    Well, I sure think it's very disturbing. However, there are lots of video games that "encourage" serious crimes like shooting random people on the street and other such outrageous things. Grand theft auto is a very popular game and is also related to criminal activities, adult and violent themes etc. It's been going on for a while in the gaming industry – where does one draw the line?

    March 31, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  166. Barbara

    Repeated exposure to offensive and unsafe and illegal behavior – especially when presented as a game – tends to "normalize" it. It fogs the edges of the taboos and tacit understandings that keep society civilized. Rape and personal abuse are no game. Ask any victim. Titillating the desires of even the rare abuser asks for trouble. It should not only be women who are offended to see abuse so trivialized – even presented as desirable. Where is the indignation of the fathers and sons and brothers?

    March 31, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  167. Karen Ryder

    ng new. We went to Japan 27 yrs ago with a school band.The Japanese did everything they could to embarrass us for Causing WW II . As for the raping of women, there were comic books in the banks for children to read with s and m and rapes and wife beatings. Also ones where the wives were left alone while the men were out partying every night with their girl friends. These things were being read by little children taking the subways to school. They grew up with it , as did their parents, and their children , and now, the next generation of kids with electronic toys makes it even worse. Thanks for letting me spout off.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  168. Johnny Ridden

    I agree, this game is terrible. Children should not be influenced by such things. When I was a child, we watched wholesome shows like Boku no Pico. If any parents are reading this, I'd advise letting your children watch it as well. It has very deep moral values, something not found in most television shows marketed to children.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  169. Dam

    This is a step further in the trivialization of every kind of violence even the most horrible in video games!! Given how devastating a rape can be this is very troubling!! The worst thing is the success this game has!! This is very troubling to think people can enjoy this kind of games!!! Education is I think the best answer to this , in a society loosing its benchmarks!!

    March 31, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  170. Larry Bruce

    I think we should worry about the parents that allow the kids to play these games instead of blaming everything on people just trying to make a living. No one is forcing you to go out and buy the game, someone had to look it up and research what it was about of their own free will and then complain about it. Those people have a right to make those games, their not even in our country but were getting in their business as if were some world police of everything. We have no right to tell another country what to play and what not to play, people here would be up at arms if another country tried to stop us from playing games like halo and socom due to its violent war like content, so what gives us the right to do that to them. I say before we start looking at the game industry and the movies and music, maybe we should start looking at the bad parents out their letting their kids watch it, these games cannot be played if the kids parents dont let them. In addition, this is something that the Japanese has been doing for years and you just have now discovered it? Are you serious? Did you not have anything else to report about and decided to put your nose in another countries business? this is one of the reasons why other countries don't like us, we spend so much time criticizing other countries on their way of life but yet we need all these different types of regulations to control TV, radio, and video games because a lot of parents in this country have issues with dealing with the truth of the matter that they are horrible at watching their own kids and what they do and what they play. In short, you have no right to say what these people should or should not play, your not even in their country, so honestly, your "opinion" does not really matter.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  171. Mark

    A century late to notice this aren't we?

    March 31, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  172. Johnny Twotoes

    Why are you reporting on this now?
    It's already been pulled, in fact, ALL of those games have been banned from stores. Feminists have won, they banned the sale of all games depicting sex with women pretty much. Not even silly fetishes like "cat-ears" are off the hook.
    The only genres not banned are "Yaoi"(Homosexuality) and "Shota"(Young boys) which is pretty ironic, as I'm sure the main fan-base of these games are women.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  173. Kathy

    The country of Japan, as of late, seems to be representing themselves quite poorly in the world. In my view, allowing the creation of video games showing children and women being raped, the killing of whales to make sushi, and Toyota's many auto safety issues, means Japan has got to clean up its act fast.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  174. D. sickened

    I use to be shocked over stories like this, but not anymore! As a woman who has been raped, I find this sickening. I would venture to say the woman you interviewed from England who wasn't bothered by the game's content has not ever experienced being raped, or she may have a different opinion.
    People want to say these games, movies, shows, and porn sites have no affect on how people behave. I disagree when I watch even 5 minutes of CNN and hear about another little girl, or grown woman who has gone missing, been raped and murdered, OR held in a man's home for years and repeatedly raped! These industries have no moral compass, and are only it it for the money they can gain, and I believe it is only going to get worse. It doesn't have to if we who are bothered by it would take the time to take a stand against it. I'll be the first to take that stand, just tell me who to address!

    March 31, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  175. John

    Please !!! There will always be a group outraged !!! There are a plethora of games on the market ...... they are just that GAMES!!! I don't hear you shouting from the highest mountain top about the GAME MORTAL COMBAT....or the other 500,000+ games that use knives ,guns and other weapons to kill there opponent............i am tired of hearing........" not fair" ........".not right" ..Just for the record i do not agree with that game and the other games on the market that promote such violence .My children/grand children will not be playing them ...Further more, my children / grandchildren are brought up to know RIGHT FROM WRONG ,Good From Bad...and to respect as you would like to be respected..
    The END.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  176. Adam

    OMG... Soon we will be burning books, and making women wear the outfits from the puritan days.
    I am appalled at how quickly many of these posters are willing to give up their freedoms, their rights based on a GAME. Nobody is trying to make rape legal. Nobody is saying Rape is a good thing, this is just a video game.

    Why is it I can watch someone with a chainsaw, run through an amusement park, killing zombies with all manner of implements, but as soon as a game depicts a crime that is also deplorable people yell BAN IT!

    What really makes me sick, isn't this game, It is the complete lack of understanding to what this is really about by the people posting.
    This is a very old ploy, to find a way to censor or ban anything deemed unattractive. Rest assured that once the controls are in place to censor the really bad stuff, it wont be long before anything can be censored. Are you people really that naive? What happened to say.... a little personal responsibility?

    I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it. ~ Voltaire

    Maybe..just maybe..think about that quote and what it means before you chant your way to a totalitarian society.


    March 31, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  177. Tferr

    People don't become murderers, rapist, airplane pilots, knights or samurais because of video games, movies or music.
    If someone commits a violent crime there are some underlying mental issues that should be treated.

    I wish parents would stop expecting the media to raise their children. It is your child and your responsibility to teach him or her right from wrong. It is pointless to expect the media to be shaped after the values of every individual. If you don't like it, turn away from it the same way you do when a television show you dislike comes on.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  178. Koushiro

    Me and my wife are big fans of Japanese animation but we DRAW the line here this is just outright depraved and disgusting. Unbelievable that any person would find the joy in this game unless they fall into the category of twisted or just outright disgusting individuals.

    Japanese Manga had a history of very bad subject matters in thier plot lines but this is just out there.

    As a fan of this style of artistry and as an artist myself this is just plain wrong.

    But honestly there is always a group out there who supports this.
    And the best we can do is make sure that it stays out of the hand of children.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  179. Matt Atkinson, OKC

    As a man, a father, a son, and a husband, I am ashamed and humiliated by yet one more example of abuse of women treated as men's entertainment. I am even more troubled to see that there are women who defend this as "just fantasy."

    When rape statistics suggest that one in five women is raped in her lifetime, it becomes apparent that there can be NO tolerance for rape as a form of fantasy and amusement.

    Where are MEN? Where are the rest of us, standing up in outrage and insisting that this is offensive–not just to women, but to US, as it suggests that it's normal for men to be attracted to and amused by images of brutality toward women?

    March 31, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  180. Will

    @D. sickened, your anger is misplaced, it is not this game, or the game makers, or even the players of these games that rape/hurt people.

    this truly is a scapegoat issue, its one thing to say its disgusting, but its another to blame the crimes of society on it.

    should I blame corporate greed on the board game of monopoly?

    and can i just point out, the vast majority of these people who play these games (in Japan) are Hikkimori, which are basically people who are too afraid to leave their room (fear of society).
    either that, or they are Otaku (think of them as the Japanese equivalent of "nerds"), and many Otaku think that real women are undesireable, and prefer fictional characters.

    either way, these people are not rapists.

    and may i just restate the fact that the vast, vast majority of rapes and violent acts are in no way spurned on some ideas from a game.
    please do not try and say that things such as these (fictional) are causes of crime, because it does nothing to deal with the issue in reality, while all this effort is being made to ban some things in the realm of fiction, the real world will continue to turn, and the real causes behind violence and rape (greed, backlash from past abuse, etc) will still exist unadressed.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  181. Carla

    Those who say "It's just a game" aren't the ones who need mental treatment. It's the ones who take the game into reality that we should be concerned about...

    March 31, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  182. Something interesting

    The real and accurate discussion is right here. I just watched as they supposedly "read" some of the comments. They picked through a few, and only grabbed the sentences that supported their argument. They twisted wolfe's comment and made it seem like it was saying the exact opposite. wow

    March 31, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  183. Spectoral

    This game is outright sickening. How dare someone try to pass off terrible schemes as mere fantasy? A fantasy is being with your loved one on Saturn while enjoying a sunset together. Rape is a nightmare that ruins a person both physically, and mentally. Any who are for this game must they themselves be on the side for rape. I am appalled that someone would go out of their way to make this game. Has the video game industry no shame? There should indeed be regulation of what is made and profited. Free Speech is only as free as it is morally correct. The media regulates what comes out of it strongly. Video game developers should do the same. What's next? A game where a producer forces you to do something morally illegal while pointing a gun to your head? Thank you very much for informing us of this...this garbage, CNN.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  184. anne hiro

    i have actually seen games like this they are not so bad and its quite intuitive the approach is just fantastic and takes much skill all and all a great genre

    March 31, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  185. Andrew Ryan

    It has come to my attention that there is need for concern over a fictitious combination of coding and input that pertains to the subject of rape. While I myself find rape absolutely unacceptable, regulation of media is a parasitic value. What a person makes is entirely up to them. What a person purchases is entirely up to them. What do you hope to gain from this meaningless form of altruism? Isn't capitalism all about free trade and commerce? What a man or woman enjoys behind the privacy of their doors is entirely their matter, and none other's. I've a question for you, CNN. Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow? From what I understand, you are saying that not only is a man not entitled to his sweat. You are saying that his sweat should be regulated, and deemed morally legal in order to keep it. Such fallacy of altruistic folly is both inane, and utterly superfluous. Anyone who says otherwise is either a jackal towards other's own work, or has a gun pointed at their head.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  186. Adam

    "Any who are for this game must they themselves be on the side for rape."

    Are you kidding me? Nice argument there. This is the very foundation of a shill. Claim that whoever isn't with your opinion is FOR something horrible. I just can't believe that people still fall for that mindless tripe.

    Let me break it down to the most basic level for the slow learners. This is about censorship, not about a game. The game is a catalyst for further controls on the internet. The game itself was released in 1996, got very little press time, and was relegated to the bowels of the internet.

    Australia is now pushing for net censoring and tah dah a "good" reason for net censoring presents itself. If a game were enough to turn us all into mindless automatons, then Call of Duty should also be banned, as should Halo and every other game or show or book that purports the use of anything illegal or distasteful.


    March 31, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  187. Angie

    Gee, groping, sexual assault, rape on a girl and her sister would not only be called criminal porn but Child Pornagraphy.

    Child Pornagraphy is against the law. But during an investigation for something else, if child pornagraphy is found in the home could that be used against the person.

    Just want to know.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  188. Mark.J

    Old game, I've played it a bit in 2006.
    If this floats your boat, then who cares, it's just a silly game, and a mediocre one at that.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  189. Chris

    Yeah, the game is pretty vile. That's unquestionable. However, for whoever suggested it, I'm pretty sure that a game released in Japan isn't the reason for all the problems with American children, though. And I'm pretty sure a game that came out four years ago and has been in the news since shortly thereafter is not "a game that's out.' It's "gone viral?" What does that mean? It's being pirated? So is everything else. Welcome to the Internet. That doesn't change that it's a 4 year old game produced and marketed in a different country, and that you're actually drawing new attention to the game by running news features about it. I wish I could get paid to write tiny, poor articles about old news.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  190. Welcome to 2007

    So RapeLay is basically what? Sounds like it's an accurate simulation of being an American soldier in Okinawa. I imagine it's a big hit with the meatheads over there.

    In any case, this 'game' is old news, produced by some crappy independent studio in Japan. It doesn't represent that country or its people any more than a hillbilly snuff movie represent the whole of America. Course, your mileage may vary on that latter account...

    How coincidental that this johnny-come-lately dredge-up from CNN's benchwarmer team only comes in with the same timing as the renewed ACTA controversy. Trying to scare people into supporting Internet censorship, I'm guessing?

    March 31, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  191. Moussa Cissokho

    Hi . They should not allowed a game like this to be played.
    I am a big video game player. But for education reason, you don't want to raise your children by teaching them stuff like that.
    I mean you can play sport , educative, some action games.
    If you let your children do it , tomorrow if they are acting the same way don't tell them anything because you were the responsible of all of it.
    Video games may help developp your cleverness but not this kind.
    So I am encouraging adults not to let children playing it or playing it in front of them .

    March 31, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  192. Anonymous

    First of all this game has been out for years. It has already been protested against and as a result you cannot even access illusion's (game developer) website with a US ip address to prevent users from even seeing material about the game.

    Secondly it may be spelled rapelay but it's ment to be pronouced "rape" "play" ie roleplay ie FANTASY. And don't victimize women because although rare I know of women who like to roleplay rape IRL with their significant other. It's not just men who are "sick" as some of you put it.

    the crime of rape is horrible but this is a fantasy roleplaying game, and an old one at that.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  193. Juju

    Wow. This is a really sick game. Who thinks of this crap?

    But if it bothers you, don't play it! Simple as that.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  194. Jose A

    The lack of morals in the government, and the media that promote so much violence , make fun of modern predators, promote movies with themes of sexual violence,porno, alcoholism, addiction.Promotes idols and or celebrities who are with addiction . And the funny thing they called civil rights issues, instead of degenerates issues because they are damaging the country

    March 31, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  195. Dayna Cook

    This is heartbreaking and appalling. There is enough real life deviance and violence in the world, without encouraging gamers to consider assaulting another, whether a female or male, entertainment. This type game encourages horrible behavior and the repetition of "playing" the game will have no positive impact on society. Lord, help us all fight against this evil!

    March 31, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  196. Dave

    This game came out 4 years ago and has been covered by almost every major media outlet in at least the last two when it got removed from amazon.

    This is not a "new" game. Yes, rape isn't something games should be made about but why is this being reported about now?

    March 31, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  197. j. gomez

    Welcome to four years ago. Honestly, most people know how weird japan can get at times. Let's see...there are videogames depicting hentai, yaoi, yuri, tentacles, shota, lolita, etc. its escapism..not like its real. to each his own. i don't see how the game is w...orse than killing and torturing innocent people for fun in games like Grand Theft Auto and God Of War

    its funny how there was an outrage about the sex minigame found in GTA years back and the GOW series doesn't get any attention when it comes to the sex minigames found in each iteration.

    March 31, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  198. Dexter Sylopolous

    1. This is not new. The game is at least 2 years old.

    2. The game is not available for sale outside of Japan.

    3. This was already discussed to hell and high water throughout the gaming community in the western world and it was summarily condemned.

    4. The only reason it's coming up now is the Barbara Streisand Effect.

    5. Seriously, nothing to see here folks, move along.

    March 31, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  199. JonJon

    Yes. It is just a game, but it is a game that gives good training to the wanna be rapists in Japan, and possibly elsewhere. It's like a simulator. First, spend your time on the simulator for an F-18, then eventually, if you're in the military, you may find yourself behind the controls of a REAL F-18. By the way, Japan is not the country with the lowest rape statistics. It's the country where rape goes unreported most frequently. This game will just add fuel to the fire, the Japanese male's insatiable thirst for sex, sex, and more sex.

    March 31, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  200. DJ

    @JonJon: I play Halo, thus I am a space marine.

    March 31, 2010 at 1:56 pm |
  201. jake

    hey, lets just sensor everything into the ground until we have no creative freedom left. And to the people implying all games are for children, time to wake up the most games are sold to the 20-35 age group. If someone wants to make a rape game they should be able to make a rape game. It's no worse than a game depicting murder etc.

    March 31, 2010 at 1:56 pm |
  202. Patrick

    I just watched a film called "Birth of a Nation" and well I for one must say that American filmmakers must be banned from showing films anywhere. This sort of racist ideology and imagery is completely unacceptable in any media.

    March 31, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  203. Heather Swan

    A product has so many steps from conception to shelf. The product goes through hundreds of hands and eyes. How is it possible that an individual, a work group, a company, a Board of Directors, and a society have all in some way been convinced that a product like this is a good idea?! What happened to the one voice of reason along the way? (For the sake of humanity, I have to believe there was one.)

    For those that say it is just a game - how do you think hate crimes and prejudice and intolerance and ignorance breed? By condoning the game, the joke, the comment.

    For those that say that there is a market for this kind of thing - there is also a market for drugs and pornography and terrorism. Just because something is common, does not make it right.

    March 31, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  204. Jake

    So this is a game released in 2006 in Japan and CNN is covering it now? It NEVER came to the the US and only did so via the internet.

    I'm not here to defend rape or even like the idea of such a despicable act in a video game, but who are we to judge when American game companies release games that make you shoot up police and other emergency workers.

    From what I've researched, there are far worse pornographic movies and other videos out there. Once again, it comes down to personal responsibility and watching what your children are doing on the computer. Those of us in the US don't need to be policing and judging the world more than we already do now.

    March 31, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
  205. MM

    Why not just give us a list of things we can think and not think as well; wanting to punish people for their fantasies. Disgusting, absolutely disgusting.

    If only people weren't so selfish and close minded.

    March 31, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  206. Renata

    WOW! really ?? ... what's next ?
    A video game where you can kidnap and rape children??
    SICK !
    ...." rape and game " shouldn't even be in the same sentence ....

    March 31, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  207. Patricia

    If you've ever been raped and sexually abuse you might have a different opinion about the "game" Rape Lay. Just as some may say that pornography is just "fantasy" ..... do your homework, may of the women in these films have been sexually abused at some time in their lives.

    This just fits in with all the other weird stuff in the world, unfortunately!

    March 31, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  208. Tulip

    First of all, I'm not promoting this kind of game but I think american parents should take up the job to raise their child properly instead of letting the society to this. You as a parent should make very clear, those games are for entertainment purposes and its bad to this in real life. And it's very stupid to assume that those who play those games will rape someone in real life. it's just as stupid as saying that someone who play grand theft auto will automatically mimic that actions that's taken there. just go worry about your own problem instead of worrying about problems from countries that's half a globe away from you.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  209. Emory Cox

    Jobs, economy, and immigration is all the same.Deport the illegals and the jobs and economy will take care of its self.We did it before,Why not now?

    April 1, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  210. MRL

    It is not the government's responsibility to protect it's citizens from every perceivable threat. The more that is done to make life safe, the less valuable that life becomes.

    Certainly, the game is based on a tasteless concept. However, most of the games on the market have tasteless elements. Even games as benign as the sport hockey allows the user to determine the frequency of fights.

    In the end, what happens behind closed doors between consenting adults should remain the domain of those adults. As for underage individuals, there is no greater watchdog than an observant and responsible parent.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  211. L

    It's funny how people criticize this game.

    Last time I checked, NA games had pretty disgusting content in it as well. For instance, the airport massacre in Modern Warfare 2. But I forgot, terrorism and the promotion of public shootings in institutions like schools derived from video game play are not as bad as RapeLay.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  212. Dick

    So long as they're doing it to a computer screen and not a real person, it's more benifit than anything else. Same as any other type of porn. Besides, this type of game has existed for a while.

    April 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  213. ashley&ashley

    We both think that its japan, its there business. But at the same time i do agree that they should bann these certain games all over the world.

    *Do Not Bann Violent Games
    Just These Kind Of Certain games.

    April 1, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
  214. Player

    It is just a game. The christian facist moralists sickens me. You can shoot a mans head clean off in any game, but when it comes to sex, they all shout stop. Why is sex worse than murder and war?

    April 2, 2010 at 4:14 am |
  215. MickyD

    Is it mere coincidence that, since the advent of 'shoot-em/stab-em games, violent attacks and murders by youngsters have become more prevalent? I doubt it, somehow.
    The ability to shoot and stab people . . . and now rape people; on a video screen with impunity; really has a lot to answer for.
    Guess what folks; you can't just reboot your life if you allow yourself to take these actions in the real world! There is no reset button when you've committed a crime! Get real, get into the real world. It's one or the other, the two aren't transferable!

    April 2, 2010 at 5:08 am |
  216. Freyar

    How about this:


    By bringing it up, you only bring attention to it. The very thing we want to let "die" in the intellectual property world is only seen more and more once people in the mainstream news start reporting on it. Guess what, CNN, Ms. Linke, United States Government, and Women's Rights Groups, you're THREE YEARS LATE!

    Let it die. Stop telling children about it, stop talking about it. Should it come up and be sold in our own markets like "Singles: Flirt Up Your Life", then we should be concerned, but that's it. Japan is not the United States, or vice versa. Canada isn't Japan, or vice versa.

    Irresponsible is such an understatement here.

    April 2, 2010 at 6:42 am |
  217. anon

    I say make it available online with strong copyright controls so that it can't be redistributed without it being purchased online and with controls so that only those 18 or older can buy it. Then, for everyone that purchases it, add their names to a list of people that must go through mandatory therapy as anyone that is at all interested in this game has serious issues. Actually, you could use the game as a test to see how far a person would be willing to in the rape process to determine how much therapy they need or if they need to be removed from society all together. It would be nice to have preventative measures in place to prevent real rapes from happening.

    April 2, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  218. Jenn

    This is disgusting I cannot believe a game like this would even be made. Why in 2010 are women still victimized?! Women cannot walk down the street or in a parking lot without being fearful of sexual assault. This game should have never even been created. If this was a game that had to do with racial assault then it would not have even been created.

    April 2, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  219. Pamela

    Playing this game should cause some type of negative and unenjoyable emotion and/or physical reaction. If you find yourself playing it and not experiencing negative emotions or nausea, find a good psychiatrist and, for the sake of all people you may come into contact with, don't allow anyone to be alone with you. That's an extreme but you get the point. Whether or not the game should exist isn't the point. Actually, it might make it easier for friends and strangers to identify a sexual predator who might otherwise be thought of as a regular Joe or Jane. After all, it is a safe thing for the person to talk about and feel out others' reactions to it which could tip off a potential victim of the true nature of the person.

    April 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  220. k

    how does Rapelay makes grand theft auto "as clean as pacman"?

    Both games allows gamers to participate in crimes in the cyberworld, without guilt. To me, Both are equally bad.

    April 3, 2010 at 2:42 am |
  221. Michael from Florida

    Before we judge others, we should judge OURSELVES!

    April 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  222. xin

    Stop playing world police America, it isn't cute anymore. Get out of Japan and let them do their stuff.

    One of the rather interesting points about RapeLay though is that there are only two actual endings. You're either stabbed to death, or you're run over by a subway train. Winning via rape doesn't actually exist.

    April 4, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  223. grooven

    I'm female and I just don't get it. How come people care who are outside of Japan? Why not focus on real rape in the real world. It is a game and just that. It is only because of the internet that we know of it. It isn't hurting anyone, it isn't real! Please get over it!

    April 4, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  224. Ziggy

    If Rapeplay is banned from other countries. Shouldn't other forms of rape pornography be banned as well?

    Rapeplay is almost never seen in West, while porn involving rape, bondage, ect. are common place. It easier for a child to go online and look for simulated rape porn then it is to go and download rapeplay from a torrent, change the language settings to get a Japanese game to run.

    Heck, why not ban or forms of rape from literature. Have ourselves a good old fashioned book burning. (/sarcasm)

    April 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  225. Spartan

    Honestly if you're appalled or offended by this game, your just being a prude. People have sexual fantasies of all kinds in this world including being raped (don't argue with me on this). This is a matter of reality versus fiction. Real rapists don't work at all like the game play in RapeLay

    Its just a game.
    Leave it alone, there are alot more important things in the world.
    this isnt going to affect anyone.

    how bout some rape stats?
    # 9 United States: 0.301318 per 1,000 people
    # 54 Japan: 0.017737 per 1,000 people

    20 bucks says Japan's rape isnt influenced by games like these.
    The US is way worse and they dont even get those kinds of games.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  226. Scotty

    Let some idiot rape my daughter because he played a game so long he thought he could do it. He'd be a dead she before the day was over, get the picture.

    April 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  227. Carla Padgett-Morris

    Where is the government censorship when we really need it? No game like this should be allowed to be created, sold or advertised anywhere, but certainly not in the United States. We may as well just start a training video on how to be the perfect Criminal, Killer, Rapist, etc. I wonder when the game for child molestation will be comeing out? There has to be a line somewhere in the sand, and I think it's time that someone looked for it.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:05 am |
  228. Derek

    who cares, people whine about everything these days. Don't want your brat to play it?? Be a parent and monitor his or her activity..Not a one of you has any right to tell an adult what game they can play in their home

    April 8, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  229. Aric

    What's the age group of people who respond to this? Wait, does everyone have the concept that games are for children only?

    They're for everyone, same goes with movies, music. Isn't there a ratings System for this, ESRB? I've been hearing stories of parents, adults buying kids some really violent stuff calling it "games", only to come storming back and bringing up topics like this, "Why does this game exist?! It's not for kids blah blah blah", then the news picks it up, then random people pick it up, then some higher guy picks it up.

    Games like RapeLay have long been lingering around the web, and it has only been brought up now. Which I find ridiculous. It's the "porn" of the gaming world, the western world doesn't treat it like so. Saying this should be banned is like saying video porn also should be banned too!

    But video porn is treated as adult material and is given it's own section (and censors) in CD Shops. I for one have never seen adult games or cartoons treated in the same manner...

    If I hear one news comment about hentai appearing in the kid's section, I'm gonna laugh all day. Since it's the same thing as the above, only in a different medium.

    Though I'm going to say, they're there to appeal to some fantasies that are otherwise extremely inhumane and unlawful in the real world.

    This is really a blown up topic isn't it?

    April 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm |