A game that lets you play as a serial-killing rapist is “under review by Steam before release”, according to the sick troll who developed it.
The developer claims the game is aimed at the “4 per cent of the general population [who] are sociopaths” who would enjoy acting out the role of a “menacing serial killer rapist during a zombie apocalypse”.
In the game, called Rape Day, the player must “verbally harass, kill, and rape women as you choose to progress the story.”
Many comments on the developer’s news posts around the game call for it to be banned outright, or threaten boycotts of the Steam store if it is not.
“If you allow this to be released Steam I swear I’ll never spend another dime on here,” said one outraged user, while another said “do not release this game. It normalises violence against women.”
Another says that if Steam lets the game be published they will simply use a well-known piracy website to download PC games in future.
Others were simply amazed that the game had been allowed to get this far, saying “holy **** how is this not barred from the steam platform yet?”
Some sickos seem want the game to stay, though, with one saying “I hope you get the green light, just to **** off the lefties. Good luck.”
The ‘visual novel’ is not available for download on the platform while it is under review, and seems designed to both troll the platform and test its policies.
The genre is essentially an update to the ‘choose your own adventure’ narrative games, where the player chooses from a limited number of options before being presented with a new piece of the story.
Steam implemented an ‘anything goes’ policy for games after controversy surrounding a game called Active Shooter, which the developer of Rape Day specifically calls out.
That policy officially allows anything that is not “illegal or straight-up trolling” on the platform, with pornographic games locked behind an adults-only filter that users have the specifically opt in to removing.
‘DON’T GIVE ME FREE PRESS’
“If people want my game to not exist… their best offense in my opinion would be to not talk about me, and not give me free press,” the developer said.
Addressing criticism of the ‘visual novel’, the developer says that “If both my game is banned and I am banned, then I will ensure that a content platform for all kinds of legal, quality porn games exist.”
“The problem with banning is that it creates a shadow market,” before going on to complain about censorship in general and making further veiled threats against the platform.
“Most people can separate fiction from reality pretty well, and those that can’t shouldn’t be playing video games,” the developer continued.
“I have not broken any rules, so I don’t see how my game could get banned unless Steam changes their policies,” he said
Typical of much of the response on the platform, one poster responded to the developers comments on the game said “Nobody cares about your game. This is garbage.”
Another described the developers as a “human piece of s***”, which a third suggested he be executed in a gas chamber.
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MESSAGES OF SUPPORT
One more supportive Steam user said “this game won’t make me become a criminal… but those social justice warrior [sic] will”.
Another user praised what the trolling developer was trying to do, however: “Without the controversy, your message wouldn’t reach so many people, and I think that’s the most important thing here”
Not everything is beyond the pale, though. Referring to a scene deleted before submission where the player had to kill a baby, the developer said: “this scene has been removed. I am sorry to anyone whom this scene’s existence caused distress.”
The controversy around the Active Shooter video game initially led to a ban on “adult” games on Steam, though this was later reversed once an opt-in system for seeing such content was introduced.
It was also seen as part of the reasoning behind Epic Games’ launch of its own store, with the firm making it clear at launch their platform would only ever contain a carefully curated selection of games they thought were acceptable.
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