Amazon Pulls Raep Sim “Rapelay” Over Media Pressure

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Raep simulator vendor Amazon has been the target of the usual hysterical anti-game criticism after the mass media found out they were stocking Illusion’s chikan simulator “Rapelay”, which allows simulated sex attacks from the privacy of your PC.

The rag soon tried to stoke their “exclusive” by contacting a fiery moralist politician, who was delighted to hear that his earlier unsubstantiated claim that raep games existed was true after all:

“It is intolerable that anyone would purchase a game that simulates the criminal offence of rape.

To know that this widely available through a major online retailer is utterly shocking, I do not see how this can be allowed.

I will be raising this matter in Parliament and hope that action is taken to prevent the game from being sold.”

The minor leftist politician had earlier made the claim, knowing nothing of the game, that:

“People who are watching a film at the cinema cannot participate in what is happening on the screen, or if they do they are removed from the cinema.

However… when people play these things, they can interact. They can shoot people; they can kill people. As the honourable Gentleman said, they can rape women.”

At the time, an opposition politician challenged him:

“I checked the point with the BBFC and found it to be completely unaware of any such video game.

Is the honourable Gentleman aware of any video game that has as its intention the carrying out of rape or that allows the game player to carry out such an act?

The BBFC and I are unaware of any such game.”

This is in fact quite correct, as the BBFC (British censorship body in charge of protecting the public from scurrilous filth like GTA) has nothing to do with Rapelay, a game released only in Japan, and only in Japanese, available through third party importers only.

In fact, the game is only being stocked by Amazon.com, not Amazon.co.uk, not surprisingly as 3D raep is probably illegal under the new laws protecting the UK public from images of sexual deviancy.

Still, the whiff of controversy was enough to cause Amazon to fold: in response to the rag’s prying, they pulled the listing, though without comment.

Japan, a nation where raep simulators and loli manga are more widely available than anywhere else in the world, also happens to have some of the lowest rates of sexual and violent crime in the world.

Rapelay itself was released in 2006 and features 3D graphics and a scenario typical of the sub-genre, with the protagonist attempting to sexually enslave a mother and her two daughters; its content is not particularly extreme.

You can try the trial versions of the game at Illusion’s site, or see some CG here.

Via the Belfast Telegraph. Thanks to Crossfire for informing us.

From what we can glean from the statements of wholesalers and others on the vendor side of things, it seems Amazon are fairly passive in choosing what to stock – it appears products are registered by sellers, and then approved (automatically it seems) by Amazon, thus entering their catalogue.

Matters are further complicated by the complex arrangement of independent distributors and retailers operating through Amazon’s marketplace, so it is probably unreasonable to conclude that Amazon willfully opted to stock such a product.

What seems not to crossed anyone’s mind is why UK MPs are complaining about what a US retailer chooses to sell.

More to the point, if an international retailer such as Amazon is forced to start removing products based on outcry in one of its national subsidiaries, what does this mean for Amazon.co.jp, Japan’s foremost seller of loli manga, raep games and similar? Will Amazon.com pull products based on complaints from conservative Islamic countries, or undemocratic regimes?

Could demands for censorship in the UK or elsewhere force them to remove even more of their erotic catalogue? It seems they may already be in the process of pre-empting such demands

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  • I have the game Rapelay and I enjoy it very much. It is just fantasy. I think it was absolutely wrong for Amazon to stop selling that game. I think that is absolute censorship. OK, so some women don’t like the content of this game. What happens if they don’t like the content items that involve Christianity or Islam or Judaism? Is Amazon going to stop selling those items, too? If somebody does not like the content of the game Rapeplay, they don’t have to buy it. I happen to like the game very much and what I do with that game in the privacy of my own home is my business!

  • well thinking over illusion policy this should have never been the case as it is technically only to be sold locally to japan (no shipping of what so ever torrents maybe but thats something else) and as expected they should not do a single thing about it

  • Apparently they haven’t actually played the game.

    I don’t really like the rape aspects, but if you load up a pre-made save game, you can pick your settings such that the girl(s) are “broken” which eliminates the rape-esque aspects mostly and makes it a damned enjoyable 3D porn game. Especially with Yuuko’s unreal gigantic floppy breasts. Some of us figure out how to turn the hard rape stuff OFF, you political jackass fucks.

    I’m SO moving to Japan!

  • they don’t know what they’re talking about, this game is just like any other eroge, only with a raep theme in it..maybe that politician had played this eroge and was shocked that he had thought to minimize( or rather stop) the distribution of it..

    • Amazingly, neither of them are being had up on child abuse charges either, particularly the girl!

      I remember a similar case years back, where some little yob got a 9-year old girl pregnant and was all smug about it. Of course, given the sink estate they both lived on – the sort of thing that still exists to this day, despite our crappy government claiming they would do something about it (I know, because I’m unfortunate enough to be on one) – it’s hardly surprising really.

      Yeah, you don’t have to look very hard in Britain to see the real reason teenage pregnancy is so high.

  • Okay first they remove GTA from the reach of those who really want to play it… they ban games that contain even the slightest p0rn and now this… DAMN POLITICIANS!!! WHY CAN”T YOU ALL JUST DIE AND GO TO HELL VIA HELL GIRL EXPRESS!!!

  • Comes back to ye old discussion on violent games, lolicon, violent movies, violent literature, rock music, etc.
    Stereotyping and assuming that only because you read/play/watch/listen to this or that type of media that “might be assotiated to criminal acts”, automatically makes you a criminal too.

    As always, politicians confuses their own personal tastes to “what people should do” or even “stuff people should be prohibited of doing”.

    Apparently, lots of them forgot what freedom of speech and liberty stands for.

    • Politicians all suffer from delusions of godhood to a certain extent, although some are definitely worse than others. With them, it’s nothing more than a popularity contest. They are practiced liars and change direction like the wind, with them even stepping on those who supported them if it should so serve their purpose.

      This is precisely why laws should never be made based entirely on such near-sighted morality. True justice is not some brutish hammer, wielded clumsily against whole swaves of otherwise innocent people. No, it is a fine sword, designed to stab at the heart of true evil; one that may well find its mark closer to home if they persist with their fascist ways.

  • In the U.S, we have a “Do whatever you want along as my children don’t see it” policy. When the politicians found out a GTA, they knew it was very violent but they were more concerned that the game was rated Mature instead of Adult allowing minors to purchase it.Although some politicians(Hill and Bill) want to outright ban the stuff, nothing has been done yet. But with a new regime change something may happen.

    SO I guess America is the west’s last stand for freedom?

    • So long as The First Amendment isn’t repealed, you Americans will always be able to cry that in any kangaroo court case the authorities try to bring against you.

      Why do you think The Protect Act was so broadly worded? After the pasting the ACLU gave them the first time around, it was a pathetic attempt by the Bush Adminstration to ban everything they don’t approve of, which is even now coming unravelled again.

  • I can already see it now. police at yor door ready to gun you down because of your fetish porn. Still I just don’t get what the uks problem is. they act like thats the worst thing in the world. I don’t know that much about all the coplicated politics involved but this is a waste of there time. they could be helping poor people over there are focusing on the economy. but no the bigger problem is the porn. fuck, uk get your prioritys right!:(

  • Wait a minute. I call bullshit on your assetion that Japan has the lowest rate of rape and sexual assault in the world. Violent crime rates are quite low relative to the Western world, yes but are we not daily bombarded by news reports about sexual assault in Japan? On this very website? Seriously, these reports, combined with a culture that discourages women from reporting sexual assault paint a picture of a country caught in the midst of a pervert epidemic. Next time, please try keep such sickeningly blatant bias to yourself and at least pay lip service to responsible journalism.

    As far as the game goes, who said anything about buying it? That’s what Bittorrent is for.

    • Try reading the article I linked to:

      http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2008/12/16/japan-lags-in-loli-ban-unicef-lies-exposed/

      Just because we report on strange news for the sake of perverted readers who love to read this sort of thing does not mean Japan is more perverted than anywhere else.

      The statistics are quite clear, and making up unsubstantiated arguments such as “but Japanese women are oppressed and too ashamed to report” only shows your own bias. The kind of thing you read about as national news here would in many cases have difficulty finding its way into a city newspaper in the US or UK. It presents only the most extreme and bizarre for your entertainment and edification; it is not a complete picture.

      Considering you advocate piracy in the same breath as you decry “irresponsible journalism”, your position is none too consistent…

      • I would hardly call these statistics
        http://www.japantoday.com/category/kuchikomi/view/few-authorities-know-how-to-deal-with-rape-victims-in-japan
        unsubstantiated.

        7.2% of Japanese women report they have been sexually assaulted. Let’s not forget a culture that lays the blame for rape on the victim. “There was a time when I myself wouldn’t have known what to do. I myself would have admonished her for being out in the street at night: ‘Didn’t it occur to you that it’s dangerous?’ Implicitly I would have blamed her.”

        The nurse’s words, not mine.

        • This doesn’t mean that these things is not happening in other countries as well, which includes the west. Hell, there was a report on a rape club at a certain school in the America’s heartland.

        • The fact that many people on the sex offenders registers in the West aren’t actually sex offenders of course has nothing to do with your bias against Japan and it’s system of recording crimes, does it? Maybe they choose to be more sensible about things and only report actual assaults, instead of every whinger who had a wolf whistle blown in her direction, then claiming she was abused shortly afterwards.

          Indeed, having studied this in depth now, America has just about the craziest laws on Earth regarding sex crimes, with even kids being convicted for quite normal sexual activity. To say nothing of people being branded for life just because they ‘did it’ a month before some arbitrary age set by puritans who think they just stepped off the good ship Lollipop.

          It’s not just the US either, in Sweden, they claim they have 402,000 sex offenders in a population of just 8 million, which equates to 1 in 20 people. Britain is no better either, and countries like Canada & Australia are paranoid as hell over it. Not to mention a rampant compensation culture, where authorities tempt people to come forward and dream up things that actually never happened.

          What this equates to really is that none of the statistics are accurate, which means we are forced to rely on other means. Obviously, I can’t speak for other countries, so I invite people to do that for me, but I can tell you unequivocally, that I don’t feel at all safe in any of the urban areas of Britain, so God only knows what it must be like for a woman.

        • Asians overall are less likely to report crimes dealing with rape or domestic violence. ‘Shame Culture’ is a good study to look at. There have been documentaries and studies that show rape in Japan is a lot higher than the statistics show through the use of qualitative data accumulation (through interviews or face to face)many women are just afraid to report rape or ashamed (in retrospect; the West stats show higher rape rate, on the other hand not many through intervews). Anyone remember ‘Rape Club’? That went on for 20yrs without being reported by victims via blackmail of being photographed while being assaulted (that’s not to say other crimes hasn’t gone unnoticed for many years also; albeit this was a pretty large organization in comparison to your frat party rape and like etc). Heck they even got their own ‘Female Only’ trains due to all the groping on trains. But statistics show there have been an increase of sexual harrasment even with the ‘Female Only’ trains. Does this mean there are more perverts? Or is it that the women are reporting more?

          The Japanese have a very stigmatized society where by if something is seen shameful in their society, said person could be greatly stigmatized for it. This includes schizophrenia aswell as I’ve learnt in Psychology. Sexual Deviancy is just less looked at than other crimes such as theft or murder by the government. Women’s sexual rights is just put in the back seat moreso than other crimes. It’s a cultural thing really, some crimes are just looked at more than others depending on country. Same thing can be said about the US. If the US was more lenient towards sex and more against violence how different would that country be? By believing all countries culture to share the same positive and negative view on certain behaviour, you already fallen into ‘Cultural Blindness’. HSBC advertisments are good e.g. of different culture, different view lol.

          Official Statistics, especially crime, just isn’t reliable. Though it gives an estimate, there are way too many factors involved as to what is considered a crime. For one, police will have their own individual belief in what should be recorded and what’s not. Low statistics may suggest police just aren’t doing their job. High statistics may suggest the police are doing a great job. Culture/Government view of certain crimes affects what crime should be looked at more. Statistics only show correlation, not cause and effect. This of course applies to all countries and no matter how you look at it any form of study or research is bias to begin with. Well that’s my 2 cents on studies/research and quantitative/qualitative data.

        • The usual orientalist claptrap from the English language Japan rags and sites.

          Did you think to check what women in the west say? Here are the “women report” rates for the US:

          “A study among college women has shown that 1 out of every 5 college age women report being forced to have sexual intercourse. (1995 National College Health Risk Behavior Survey) 22% of all women say that they have been forced to do sexual things against their will, where only 3% of men admit to ever forcing themselves on a woman. (Laumann, 1994)”

          http://www.sa.rochester.edu/masa/stats.php

    • From everything I’ve studied over the last 10 years or so, I think I’d much rather be in Japan than Britain now. It may be “caught in the midst of a pervert epidemic” as you so eloquently put it (which is at best an exaggeration since only really serious crimes make the papers in the West, with the little things simply ignored on account of not making good headlines), but at least the entire country isn’t on a witch hunt to burn them, just because they happen to like loli artwork.

    • Um, Artefact often posts offbeat news. Just because he’s posting news items about someone being molested in Japan says nothing about the reality. These are hand-picked.

      In fact, you’re a prime example of what happens when you don’t get out enough.

  • “Japan, a nation where raep simulators and loli manga are more widely available than anywhere else in the world, also happens to have some of the lowest rates of sexual and violent crime in the world.”

    I seriously LOL at this paragraph, its seems to justify ur pt, but NO, if u are so into Jap stuff u shld no why the above paragraph is fallacious

  • From the totally irrational responses a lot of the charities & religious organisations gave to the so called consultancy in 2007 to ban visual depictions of children over here in the UK, I can say without doubt that they couldn’t give a toss about free speech.

    As far as ‘Jackboots’ Straw, our illustrious Secretary of State for Injustice and his facist ilk are concerned, that’s something they bestow on us for being model citizens, not as some of us would naively believe, a basic human right.

    The child porn panic has given them exactly what they needed to force a load of unsound and ill-advised legislation through Parliament and this latest article here is just more fuel for the fire. Until people start standing up to these bullies and telling them to shut their horrible mouths, this is only going to get worse, if that’s possible.

    Seriously, this Keith Vaz person clearly has no idea what the Internet is even about, otherwise he wouldn’t be half as incensed by something that has been around for at least 15 years now (I downloaded my first hentai pic as early as 1994). Much the same as Carol Vordemann, the self-professed ‘Internet Expert’, who was shocked chat rooms were used for grooming years back, despite the fact such things had been going on for ages before she came along.

    The more I read, the more I’m convinced Britain is just about the most prudish nation in Europe. Hell, Queen Victoria has been dead for over 100 years, but still people cling to the ideals of her age. Instead of embracing Freud and his marvelous work on the subject of sexuality, all we’re doing is retreating into our shells and hoping the problems will all just go away.

    Stopping people from raping fantasy women, or sketching a pervy scene on paper even (let alone shooting things in violent computer games), whatever the age of the characters, will not solve the far reaching problems of poverty, illiteracy, or teenage pregnancy. Those things require real heroes to sort out, not those who care more about their expense accounts than the people they claim to represent.

      • Don’t remind me! I spent quite a bit of time researching the book recently on Wiki. All things considered, I’d rather things ended up like Brave New World. Yeah, at least in that dystopia you get to have unlimited sex with loads of young females. (^_^)

      • It’s not if you do your job and keep it away from your kids. Let the other adults take care of the other children.

        Also, show me some credible evidence where this type of stuff ever affected the real world? Frankly, I think the game is ridiculous. However, I suggest you be careful of keeping with this types of protesting. Eventually, your fighting for this game being taken off the market begats a whole mess of laws telling us how to live, what to do and think, and where to be. Just look at where we’re going in the USSA.

        • Well, KajunBowser may not have seen your previous replies, which clearly indicate to me that you wouldn’t be here if you had a real problem with this stuff, and certainly not feeling sorry for me and my site because of incidents like this one.

          Just to be clear though, I advocate proper classification of adult materials, but not censorship. The former, if done properly by parents, teachers, businesses, etc., should stop kids getting hold of such things. The latter merely restricts free speech on the grounds of protection while actually protecting no-one, since most adults are more than capable of deciding what they do or do not want to experience.

          Heh, thankfully I don’t have to worry about my Playdudettes looking at the pr0ns, but if I did have children of my own, there’s no way I would let them go online alone. When I was young, I watched all manner of things I probably shouldn’t have until I was mature enough to understand them, so I know all the tricks. As I often say to my only real life friend, the only sure fire way to stop your boys browsing what they shouldn’t is to pull the wire out the phone socket.

        • I think Michio was being sarcastic actually, but I agree the game is ridiculous. A lot of the people over on that Belfast Telegraph undoubtedly think it actually involves something comparable to real rape, which no-one in their right mind really wants to look at. Speaking for myself, even violent lemons make me feel queasy, let alone the real thing.

          At any rate, I’m already doing my part for child protection, by not having any in the first place. Seriously, the world is just too f**ked up in my opinion – and I’m not talking about rape simulators either. (^_^;)

  • Looks like a lot of people are against freedom over at the other blogs posting this article. Why don’t people understand that you can’t have your cake and eat it too? You can’t ban this game but not ban gta or fantasy novels on rape. And besides, this isn’t even illegal so people saying its sick and should be taken out of amazon, fine but you can still buy it somewhere else/

    • I would be careful if I were you. Also, UK residents risk criminal prosecution by visiting this site (I’m not sure, as usual it’s hard to find out the legal status). I believe last year there was consideration in the UK parliament to place lolicon under the definition of child pornography.

      Any UK residents wanna help me out?

      • It’s been ongoing since 2005 and is currently in its first Commons Committee:-

        http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2008-09/coronersandjustice.html

        As I run the biggest manga/dojinshi site in Britain (albeit from a Florida-based dedicated server), with a substantial amount of loli material available in my archive, I obviously have a vested interest in what happens.

        It’s also why I’ve been following it so closely and why I’ve been trying to oppose it since the beginning. For sure, having been a nijicon for the last 25 years, a ‘thought crime’ law like this will pretty much end my existence as I have known it.

        • Ah, that should have been 2006 by the way, in December as well as it happens, when our nutty Home Secretary decided cartoon porn was more of a threat to society than everything else added together.

          My site is also donation based, so it doesn’t really make anything per se. However, as I’ve spent 5 years now working on the database, I won’t be happy to have to give it all up, not with some 9,000+ manga/dojinshi titles listed in it now.

          In truth, giving up my anime-style Playdudettes (yes, I’m an avid Simpsons fan – the stuff that’s actually worth collecting anyway), just because a bunch of feminazis don’t like them sitting provocatively showing their panties will probably be the last straw. For sure, in a country that has pretty much taken everything away from me to this point.

      • “With the proviso that “a reasonable person looking at the image would think that any such person or animal was real””

        Many people are blind in seeing the minute details between good CG as of late and real…do you really want to trust someone else to tell you what is immoral? Doesn’t matter that I’ve never played the game or wish to…

  • Sadly, this is becoming more of the norm. People like us are the minority in these types of arguments as most people are just going along with the government censorship.

    Its a pretty pitiful age we are in, and I am definitely not the first to say, but in probably 10 years there probably won’t be a thing known as “porn”. Saying that, I am also willing to bet that with the way things are going say bye to all scary movies, since parents seem to have loss their ability to parent so the government has to do it for them.

    So far, all politicians are aimed at the internet and video games as their sole focus for censorship. The moment they can get a handle on the internet, it will be good old chinese proxy as the main focus of the world.

    So unless we can fight back and elect leaders that enjoy keeping democracy in a “freedom” sense, we will all technically be forced to simply go with the time. The mass Otaku and Video Gamers won’t come out of their caves until the end…..

    And thus is the way things are…the bigger the government has, the more self-righteous and censorship happy the government becomes.

  • Palmtop Tiger says:

    So how many people turned into serial killers and rapists from playing GTA? These guys won’t be happy until all manner of media consists of Barney and Teletubbies.

    And Amazon sellers can just choose not to ship to the UK.

    • Yea… Like thats ever going to happen.
      Children as young as 12 get free reign on porn here, thanks to the advent of the internet.

      And if not, then we always have the tradition of faping over sheep.

  • Forgot all about this game until I read this, man was it a good series of faps.

    On another note, I have never once had any urges to rape women in real life, because, uh, it is fucking illegal, and I would be caught because I am not nearly cunning enough to get away with that. The fact that Britain seems to be turning even more hard line against porn than America is really a sad situation. People are not idiots, we can differentiate between fantasy and reality.

  • Ya know, what these fools don’t notice is that there will always be sick fucks. having these around just helps them deal with it instead of going out and committing it, hence why japan a nation seemingly covered in depravity has such low crime rates.

    most of them are happy in doors pretending to do the shit, you may feel insulted about being called a sick fuck, but it’s true, ill even admit I am. so yeah. end rant.

  • Well its a good thing Jack Thompson didn’t get involve in this. But so what if Amazon pull out the sales, there are many torrents and downloads as well as patches for this game that the government can’t do shit to stop this…..

  • The last time when i was in Uk,i saw images of topless or complete nude Caucasian gals in newspaper,mags,escort posters? and even games mags.But what with their new interest in abolishing pornography materials?

    • Britain (from what I’ve observed through living here all of my life) has a fairly schizophrenic attitude to sex. Page 3 Girls and their ilk are an extension of the smutty-seaside-postcard side of the British mind, but Britons also have a good capacity for unthinking moral outrage, which may be one of the vestiges of the Victorian period.

  • “It is intolerable that anyone would purchase a game that simulates the criminal offence of rape”

    Probably 90% of computer games feature something that is against the law – eg. killing, beating, possession of weapons, (severe) traffic offenses… should most games be removed?

    Fucking hypocrites, nobody complains about a movie or game where you kill someone, and they complain if there’s sexual assault? What if you raped them and then killed them? Would that then be more acceptable?

  • “Will Amazon.com pull products based on complaints from conservative Islamic countries, or undemocratic regimes? Could demands for censorship in the UK or elsewhere force them to remove even more of their erotic catalogue?”
    I like your brand of inflammatory Action-News-esque reporting, Artefact. It’s like I’m really in Amerikkka!

  • Anonymous says:

    I think that it’s the anime style of art that makes rape and violence towards women look so appealing – female faces are drawn incapable of expressing pain, disgust, fear or hatred, and therefore the male viewer feels this to be a mutually erotic act by the participants.

    I mean, whenever I watch Japanese porn, I’m always surprised at how goddamn ugly these Asian women’s faces look all scrunched up in ‘pleasure’, dead fish or statues that they are… I’m sure it’s the desire of the Japanese artist to remove the real pain aspect from the experience entirely…

    …because I’ll bet none of you sorry fags have a fucking clue what it’s like to have known women who have actually been raped or sexually abused.