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« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2010, 08:08 pm »

I don't think anyone is 100% completely against the censorship of games. 

Me!

Isn't there anyone else in favor of total anarchy (for games)? It's way easy to argue for. Freedom. Victimless crime. QED.
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« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2010, 12:10 am »

I am as well. The system self-censors itself well enough without the government stepping in. The ESRB does a great job of rating games for content, and the console manufacturers don't even allow games with AO ratings to be published on their systems. Something like Rapelay would never see the light of day on a console.

As for the PC, it was released to the Japanese market back in 2006. No one cared, no one cared, and everyone continued to not care for almost three years until the western media heard about it and was outraged on the behalf of parents everywhere in spring of 2009. The game was discontinued at that time.

Now it's a year later, and CNN is apparently only just hearing about this old discontinued PC rape game, and everyone is now very worried about how easy it will be for children to get their hands on a discontinued game that was never sold in the States that they'd never heard of until CNN did a story on it.

Kids aren't playing these Japanese rape games. If they're playing anything, it's GTA, and the answer isn't censorship. It's parents actually paying attention to what their kids are playing and not buying them games where the title is a felony.

Here's the co-author of Grand Theft Childhood talking to CNN about it. I can only assume that CNN didn't do any research and assumed from the title of her book that she'd be only too eager to agree with their bullshit.
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« Reply #22 on: April 04, 2010, 12:34 am »

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Kids aren't playing these Japanese rape games. If they're playing anything, it's GTA, and the answer isn't censorship. It's parents actually paying attention to what their kids are playing and not buying them games where the title is a felony.
Isn't Grand Theft Auto a felony?
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« Reply #23 on: April 04, 2010, 01:07 am »

Another person also had a problem with my phrasing, so I'll rephrase.


Children should not be playing Rapelay, and they aren't, because no one was even talking about it until CNN became outraged about it. And the game isn't even sold anymore.

The game they are playing is GTA, and the solution to this is not censorship. Parents need to take a more active role in what their kids are playing by not buying them games where the title is a felony (i.e. Grand Theft Auto).
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« Reply #24 on: April 04, 2010, 04:39 am »

Exactly. I bought GTA III when it came out years ago and my mom, bless her, didn't have a clue what it was about. Considering I was still in Secondary School it was quite a shock for her to find me mowing down prostitutes.

I think, as with most arguments, it all comes down to moderation and parental responsibility. My parents never had any concerns for me as a child so they never thought to monitor what I was playing. They saw games as something for kids, the concept of an 'adult' video game didn't really enter the argument. I think that's half the problem, you had an ingrained minority who see games as just being for Kids and can't understand that its just another form of media entertainment.
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« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2010, 10:51 am »

Why do people who believe in censorship always draw the line at "artistic merit?"  That totally baffles me.  Not only is "art" a completely arbitrary and elitist concept (very rarely do the lower classes in a society determine what is and isn't "art"), even if there was an objective line it would be a silly one.  There's value in art that moves you to feel sad but not value in pornography that moves you to feel horny?  Why?  If people like enjoying a film or video game or whatever and we have a system in place to insure that the weird stuff is clearly labeled and not sold to kids then why do we care whether they like it because it brings them to catharsis or because it brings them to orgasm? 

Hundreds of millions of people fantasize about raping or being raped.  I'm not about to tell them they can't jack off to fake depictions of rape because their porno isn't Citizen Kane.  Mine isn't either.
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