Erotic Japanese Title Lampoons Rape Game Ban

In deference to games from the same genre as RapeLay, a title so controversial even the United Nations urged it be banned, a new Japanese erotic game sends up Japanese restrictions on games that contain content simulating forced sex.

Shinobiryuu, a Softhouse developed PC game of the eroge variety, revolves around several Japanese warrior clans that end up having consensual sex with members of the opposite sex, as described by the website Canned Dogs. The consensual part of the description is key, especially in light of a ban of games featuring rape by Japan’s Ethics Organization of Computer Software (EOCS).

Before even beginning Shinobiryuu, users are presented with the following declaration:

This is a declaration made with the consensus of all the characters that appear in this story.

All the characters appearing in this game have gone through special training and all actions carried out are done on the basis of mutual agreement.

Even if you’re a inhuman person who believes that fictional characters in creative works do not have human rights, please do not ignore this.

We also thank all the kind people who see a character in the story saying phrases such as “help me” and take it as a real call for help.

However, even though you are worrying for the characters in the story, these are all lines spoken from a script.

They are not saying all this from the bottom of their hearts. We are sorry that they have put in so much effort into their acting that some people will confuse it as something that is really happening.

This game is a fictional story.

Canned Dogs also has some sample character dialogue from Shinobiryuu that has a little fun with the topic. Head over to their website to read the translation.

|Via GameSetWatch|

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59 comments

  1. sirdarkat says:

     Best disclaimer ever …. ranks right up there with the poisoned meat in Monkey Island no dogs were harmed in this game in fact they are just asleep …

    Ah stupid people making the world go round 

  2. Neo_DrKefka says:

    This is a good read lol

     

    Surprised Suigen Ninja:
    I’ve recently learnt something that surprised me

    Listening Suigen Ninja:
    What is it?

    Surprised Suigen Ninja:
    We, fictional characters, apparently have human rights.

    Listening Suigen Ninja:
    Huh?

    Surprised Suigen Ninja:
    There are apparently some special people that will get angry and show sympathy for us if we get raped. And they’ll start lobbying for us too.

    Listening Suigen Ninja:
    Wow, we even can’t do anything ourselves without a creator or a player but we have human rights

    Surprised Suigen Ninja:
    Surprising isn’t it?

    Listening Suigen Ninja:
    Yeah. But since they acknowledge that we have human rights, I wonder if they’ll acknowledge that we have the right to vote too. Our creators will work hard to do some political manipulation.

    Surprised Suigen Ninja:
    We can’t be greedy. But well, since we have human rights we might as well suggest it.

    Listening Suigen Ninja:
    You’re right

    Surprised Suigen Ninja:
    We’re doing as we please. Please stop taking unneccessary actions.

  3. Father Time says:

    From what I hear there have been some japanese conservative thugs who have suggested rights for virtual people although probably out of desperation to ban it than any real concern over the characters.

    Anyway I highly doubt this game normalizes rape, it’s aimed at adults and adults are smart enough to know this is fantasy and specifically made for people with certain sexual tastes.

    But supposing it was, IMO saying ‘rape isn’t that bad’ should be protected speech, as horrible as it may be. If you’re going to censor it because of that then that’s basically admitting that you want to be rid of it because of the ideas it presents which runs smack dab in the face of free speech. Once you start down that path who knows where it ends. Although I’d still be against it even if it only ended there.

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    Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it’s over they have the same positions they started in.

  4. hcf says:

    This ‘send up’ is missing its mark…

    The point of the RapeLay controversy was to condemn practices that encourage societal normalization of rape.  Whether or not any eroge games do that is possibly a subject of debate on a case by case basis, but RapeLay in particular posited the improbable scenario that each rape victim enjoys and is thankful for the experience, that they come to realize they are begging or "asking for it," something that is considered universally false.

    It was never about human rights, virtual or not, it was about societal normalization of an abhorrent practice.  Maybe that is none of the UN’s business, maybe it’s none of ours, maybe it’s none of Japan’s software ethics board.

    Or maybe it is.

    But this development house hasn’t aimed their salvo for any effect.  They’re making no statement in that dialogue.

  5. DarkSaber says:

    Preeeetty sure he existed.

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    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

  6. mr_mlk says:

    Tony Blair did.


    A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. Benjamin Franklin

  7. CyberSkull says:

    Can fictional characters vote? Thats going to make the next election fun. Wait. Can fictional characters run for office?

  8. TBoneTony says:

    Kinda like everything else in society,

    the bad thing about human society is that we are not able to understand each other.

    We may listen, but what we hear we will discard if it does not match up to our political viewpoint.

    Therefore, you have the answers to all the problems of humanity right here.

     

  9. digdug says:

    This is political correctness. You cant simulate raping a woman, but you can simulate mrder all you want, especially if its men. Its sort of like killing black zombies.

    No … action in art should be off limits. It cant be, not if you have total freedom of expression – which is what the 1st Amendment is about. 

  10. TBoneTony says:

    Well this is perhaps along the same lines as…

    "Don’t sit too close to the TV"

    and also the

    "Read our health manual inside the instruction book for visit our website if you are concerned about health issues of playing videogames." 

    It is more about the developer and publishers covering their own ass so they don’t look like they are responsible if some idiot does something stupid.

     

     

  11. Tammej says:

    Animated, drawn or written characters getting raped! Boohoo.
     

     

    When will these oh-so holy politicians, religious zealots, pretend policemen and hobby law molesters, finally understand, that people have the right to think dirty, say dirty things to each other, or read dirty fiction, play dirty fiction, watch dirty fiction, interactively engage in dirty fiction, and live out whatever kinds of kinks within that fiction. No matter what other people may think about it. In the end, it will always remain fiction.

  12. Rodrigo Ybáñez García says:

    I´m glad they are already taking a stand in the matter, but the sad part is that is a little late and chances are that organizations like Equality Now will never listen to this message.

    And even if they get this message they´ll just discard it.

    My DeviantArt Page (aka DeviantCensorship): http://www.darkknightstrikes.deviantart.com

  13. Ratros says:

    This is something along the lines of what I would’ve done.  Hmmm, I think like the makers of porn games….should I be worried?

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    I once had a dream about God. In it, he was looking down upon the planet and the havoc we recked and he said unto us, "Damn Kids get off my lawn!"

  14. sharpshooterbabe says:

    Is that a romance novel?

     

     

    "It’s better to be hated for who you are, then be loved for who you are not." – Montgomery Gentry

  15. Sukasa says:

    Actually, I work part time at a book store and we do get complaints sometimes from customers who see something they don’t like. My favorite was some lady who was exploring the fiction section of the store, and "came upon" the mature manga (yaoi, etc), which there isn’t that many of, but they complained that we had some evil and offensive products.  I wont even go into the gay and non gay sex book complaints.  Course, doesn’t help being in the middle of semi rural Tennessee.

  16. Father Time says:

    Because the people who propose bannings have short attention spans and can’t be arsed to do any real work in rooting out what they allegedly think is poison to society.

    Also games are the new scapegoat, whereas books are so old that it really is anything goes and nothing you could print could be seen as pushing the boundaries of that medium.

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  17. Valdearg says:

    Also.. Here’s an interesting thought..

    How come games like Rapelay get banned, but books like The Sleeping Beauty Series, as written by Anne Rice, which features, Rape, Sexual Torture, Sexual Slavery, Homosexuality, Sodomy, and many other scenes of a sexual nature are seen as literary masterpeices? (It is a very, VERY good read, if you enjoy erotic literature, by the way!)

    It’s so stupid that games like that are banned outright, simple because of interactivity. Playing a game is no different than watching a movie or reading a book, except for the fact that you control the path.

  18. sharpshooterbabe says:

    Just so you know……not all rape victims come up & speak out…..

     

     

    "It’s better to be hated for who you are, then be loved for who you are not." – Montgomery Gentry

  19. Mr.Tastix says:

    Personally, I despise rape and any kind of sexual harassment whatsoever. It’s disgusting. However, this is a VIDEO GAME. It is NOT REAL.

    The reason I have no problem with these types of video games is because, whilst I’m not going to play them, I know they’re fictional. I’d rather someone get off on a GAME about rape rather than have them go out and rape someone.

    If we see more rape incidents because of this ban I am going to be extremely pissed off.

    — Randi Tastix

  20. sharpshooterbabe says:

    What happened to toys?

     

     

    "It’s better to be hated for who you are, then be loved for who you are not." – Montgomery Gentry

  21. DarkSaber says:

    Do you take everything you read at face value?

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    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

  22. ZippyDSMlee says:

    Old news to those that randomly read sankakucomplex, and as for hentai games the last oen I tried to paly was school mate,the censoring made it so bad it was not worth the trouble of installing.

     

     


    Until lobbying is a hanging offense I choose anarchy! CP/IP laws should not effect the daily life of common people! http://zippydsmlee.wordpress.com/

  23. sharpshooterbabe says:

    Yes but some or most women would take offense to do this that have literally, seriuosly been raped in their life against their will. & to some men too that would feel offended as well that yes, have been raped in a bad way. (Which can happen to men.) I wouldn’t buy the game, b/c for personal reasons that have happened in my life. Or a woman in the game saying "help me." Not for me. I wouldn’t ban it, but I wouldn’t buy it either. I would ignore it.

     

     

    "It’s better to be hated for who you are, then be loved for who you are not." – Montgomery Gentry

  24. thefremen says:

    Although Reginald did show the personality traits that would make him a failure at life later on during TNG. "The Nth Degree" is my favorite episode featuring his exploits. 

  25. GoodRobotUs says:

    Well, it all sort of blended together, I suppose I should have said ‘Barclay from TNG’, rather than in, but nonetheless, yes, my feelings are along those lines, that the existence of this software whilst not, in my belief, dangerous as such, is indicative of a larger problem with regards to socialising and inter-communicating in Japan. Possibly that is enforced due to the nature of life in Japan, which leaves little room for privacy or family life.

    Either way, I find the need for such software more disconcerting than the existence of it. As I said above, both sides are kind of guilty of the same crime, of humanising the characters in the game. There’s an interesting case recently of a Japanese ‘Otaku’ who married his Sim-date. Now, I’m not suggesting it’s the ‘norm’ in that culture, but it does set alarm bells ringing for me.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/8419368.stm

    – Link to News article on the marriage. Once again, certainly not the norm, but possibly an indication of a problem that is nothing to do with Computer Games, but merely providing a niche for them.

  26. GoodRobotUs says:

    Hardly, you are making the same mistake as the people decrying the games, substituting real people for a group of polygons. Photo’s and Movies are not animations, whereas a computer generated scene or, indeed, a drawn scene are.

    If people want to look at those picture, and this isn’t about the subject matter, whether they be anything from hardcore porn to ‘erotica’ isn’t important, it’s not my problem, but stimulation from actual physical images of humans interacting makes far more sense to me than stimulation from drawn or animated scenes.

    I’m perfectly willing to accept that people do get their rocks off, but people that prefer to interact with a computer than the opposite sex cause more concern in me than people who like looking at pornographic photos or movies.

    Unless, of course, I am no longer allowed an opinion in the matter?

  27. thefremen says:

     I’m pretty sure Barclay didn’t become the 24th century version of a WoW addict until the later years of Voyager. 

  28. Bloodharp says:

    Couldnt have put it better myself. Its been an ongoing problem in society for centuries, where the strange, taboo, or misunderstood are given such a stigma that it is ostrasized to a rediculous level. Im not saying rape is good, and im not exactly in favor of rape simulations (albeit most are flash games), but that is no reason to ban the ficitonal media from public eye. As long as they are able to tell that what happens in the game/video is not socially acceptable from a real person, there should be absolutely no trouble. However, this is only on the fictional level for this as real rape is illegal to be viewed for personal reasons (as far as i understand).

     

    Inwar, truth is the first casualty.

  29. Murdats says:

    anyone who finds the pixels in a porn movie or the arrangement of ink in a magazine or a few photons from looking at someone has far bigger issues

    oh wait, they are all reductio ad absurdum arguments

     

    on topic though I am still in favour of rape games not being banned, rape fantasy is quite common, especially between 2 consenting adults. what this is is a case of "ewww BAN!" just like when people hear about gay people getting married they go "ewww BAN!" just because they don’t like or understand it and don’t want to understand it they think it should just go away

     

    disclaimer: I am neither gay or into rape fantasy, I just am intollerant of intollerance, I have no vested interest in these issues being progressed other then the betterment of society and the human race, the sooner we look to understand rather then blame, the better

  30. Monte says:

     This is not rapelay, besides did you not read the disclaimer? All the characters that appear have consented to there sexual encounters and are acting based off of scripts. Therefore they are not actually being raped, or having their human rights violated. perhaps they should also add in the line "no one was raped in the making of this game" just to help make the point more clear. 

  31. asmodai says:

    Erm, read the disclaimer…

    The ‘acting’ of characters crying for help being so convincing that you actually think they are in trouble?

    It’s a rape game with a disclaimer saying "hey, the digital characters are actually in to it, they are just pretending to be raped".

    I’m ambivalent, there is already simulated rape r/l porn, anime porn and BDSM content which is entirely different to watching a film of a woman being actually raped.  I can understand that people find it offensive and it doesn’t appeal to me, but how is an anime depiction of rape any more (or less) morally questionable than, for example, digitally murdering innocents in cold blood? (eg. the Hitman series)

  32. DarkSaber says:

    THIS game, the one being talked about in the article, is not Rapelay.

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    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

  33. GoodRobotUs says:

    Frankly, anyone who’s getting their rocks off to a few polygons and some shaders has far bigger issues anyway. They kind of remind me of TNG’s Mr Barclay in the Holodeck…

  34. Kincyr says:

    yep, and the "punishment" was marriage if the victim hasn’t already tied the knot.

    岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

  35. Neeneko says:

    Quite a bit yes.

    Which is why it is probably a good thing that the vast majority of Christians (and Jews since most of it was OT) pick and choose which parts to follow.  For all the hypocrisy various implementations have, life would be MUCH worse if the Bible was actually followed literally.

  36. Father Time says:

    Yeah but there’s a difference between mentioning rape and ‘We’re going to give you an opportunity to virtualy rape these here pixels’

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  37. Father Time says:

    Now I know you can’t just tell them to just yell at a wall or some other polite version of eff off (as much as we would all want to), so how do you handle such complaints?

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  38. Father Time says:

    I noticed Alaska (specifically Wasilla) was suspiciously absent of markers, then again so was hawaii so maybe they only did the continental US.

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  39. Mr.Tastix says:

    Have you been living under a rock for the past few years? There’s a helluva lot more rape games than this, and this one isn’t even one apparently! Read the description, next time!

    — Randi Tastix

  40. DarkSaber says:

    Which part of "consensual sex" made you think this game was about rape?

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    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

  41. gellymatos says:

    This may be the first game I will ever consider to be banned. I mean, its a game about rape. This does seem to be going a bit far, to say the least.

  42. nightwng2000 says:

    I guess all those who were so vocal in opposing such games to be banned would also have the sex police break down the front door of your home and make sure you aren’t ROLE PLAYING any type of forced sex where you have to agree to an alternative word for "no" or "stop".

    What?

    Hey, there’s a lot of educational material on porn sites too ya know.

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  43. ZippyDSMlee says:

    Well manga/comics hit that boundary alot tho nothing like games to get the whining going, even films will get hit now and then by them.


    Until lobbying is a hanging offense I choose anarchy! CP/IP laws should not effect the daily life of common people! http://zippydsmlee.wordpress.com/

  44. Father Time says:

    That disclaimer was freaking funny. I love how it almost says ‘if you are worried about the characters rights being violated you are a moron’ but still has some plausible deniability.

    Oh and slightly offtopic but does anyone remember which womens group was calling for rapeplay to be banned (I know there was probably several, but I mean the major one that wasn’t owned by the UN).

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    Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it’s over they have the same positions they started in.

  45. DarkSaber says:

    Old news? I should have known you’d have already got your hairy palms on a copy of this game.

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    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

  46. ZippyDSMlee says:

    THis is a bit old news now, meh it jsut goes to show how silly banning media is, you change 2 things and all of of a sudden you can’t ban it…..


    Until lobbying is a hanging offense I choose anarchy! CP/IP laws should not effect the daily life of common people! http://zippydsmlee.wordpress.com/

  47. Valdearg says:

    I have to say.. That disclaimer made me laugh..

    Frankly, I don’t think ANY media should be banned.. Some of it is certainly reprehensible in nature, but Art is Art, and if you don’t like it, you don’t have to view it.

    It all boils down to letting people make thier own choices on what they view as morally wrong. If they aren’t bothered by even a game like Rapelay, whatever, it’s thier choice to view it. I don’t care where the source is from, Government, Religion, or other, it is absolutely WRONG to ban any expression of free speech. Restrict questionable material to adults, yes, but never, ever, EVER ban it.

  48. Craig R. says:

    Uhh, this is a new game that is ‘lampooning’ of RapeLay.

    Seriously, did you even read the article before you posted?

    Edit: blah, comment didn’t thread where it should have.

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