RapeLay Defended by Japanese Game Maker

Last week, the New York-based Equality Now launched a campaign this week "against rape simulator games and the normalisation of sexual violence in Japan." One developer of such rape simulator games wasn't impressed.

In fact, the developer in question,
Illusion Studio, was the focus of an earlier post of ours, written about the game "RapeLay," which simulates the rape of a mother and her two daughters.

The game appeared on Amazon.com U.S. site, but was pulled after protests and common sense sunk in. RapeLay was released in 2006 by , based in Japan. Other titles from the studio include "Battle Raper 1 and 2" and "Sexy Beach."

Illusion's spokesman Makoto Nakaoka
"We are simply bewildered by the move. We make the games for the domestic market and abide by laws here. We cannot possibly comment on (the campaign) because we don't sell them overseas."
Well, that may be, but the game did appear on Amazon.com through a third-party seller. And, the description of the game, before it was pulled, was:
Rapelay is an offshoot of the Illusion series, Interact Play. You, like in previous installments, play as a public nuisance that gets away from captivity and starts scouting for new targets. This time around you find a family of a single mother and her two daughters. You quickly begin your hunt and capture each woman one by one. The gameplay involves an amusing training/disposition system with which to break each respective target to your liking. Watch where you blow your load, or you might get them pregnant!
The campaign by Equality Now asks people to the Illusion, Amazon Japan, and a number of government officials, including Prime Minister Taro Aso, Minister of Justice Eisuke Mori, Minister of State for Social Affairs and Gender Equality Yuko Obuchi, and Minister of Consumer Affairs Seiko Noda, arguing that the game breaches Japan's obligations under the 1985 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

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