So this is a great example of why girls would not be interested in gaming and/or CS…‘RapeLay’ video game goes viral amid outrage

What’s going on with this Japanese game, RapeLay, you ask? “The game allows you to impregnate a girl and urge her to have an abortion. The reason behind your assault, explains the game, is that the teenage girl has accused you of molesting her on the train. The motive is revenge.” It really just gets worse and worse.

Fortunately, women’s rights groups have gotten involved. According to one organizer: “‘This was a game that had absolutely no place on the market,’ said Taina Bien-Aime of women’s rights organization Equality Now which has campaigned for the game to be taken off the shelves.”

As with any media coverage of this sort, the more people knew, the more people that wanted to try it out. And some people don’t see the harm in these games like Lucy Kibble and Jim Gardner. These British gamers  “said trying to control games on the Internet was futile and that content control was up to parents.” Gardener continued, “The idea of banning it, or telling people what they can and can’t do just because on the off chance some kid might get involved with it is just ridiculous.”

Now, I’m okay with risque behaviors in video games, but rape as an activity that you play around with…not cool. And any girl, and hopefully many a boy, who sees this kind of activity in a game would be repulsed by it. This is not what we’re looking for in the “virtuous cycle” that will get women into CS and ultimately the gaming industry.