Last week, CNN reported on the continuing availability of Rapelay, a Japanese-made rape simulation video game, online. Over the weekend, animator Nogami Takeshi submitted an open letter in defense of hentai and, by extension, Rapelay.
"These videogames are not art. They are extreme pornography," boldly states the headline to Jacqueline Hunt's opinion piece in the Guardian. But why are all videogames - and by extension, players - being judged by one admittedly perverted standard?
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is calling for a U.S. ban on the Japanese rape simulation video game RapeLay, but it's actually just one of a larger genre of disturbing games.
Yesterday we discovered that Amazon.com wasn't the only website selling the rape simulation video game, Rapelay. Now Overstock.com has stopped selling the game and apologized and the game has disappeared from eBay.