Right now, in Japan, there is some sort of movement in the game biz to drastically limit what can be put in porn games. Those who know me might also know why I might take issue with this sort of thing, but at the same time, it's easy to consider that a game where you rape a kid is truly AUGH-inducing and that Japan is silly because it's some CRAZY CULTURE in a far off land that may as well be on the moon and as such, neither of these things really affect us.
But to not care is lazy and irresponsible. One should make an effort to learn and consider about the far-reaching implications of laws, actions, and inactions anywhere in society. I used to not care about certain legal hot topics, like guns, abortion, gay rights, banking industry oversights, whatever, but when you start paying attention, you put the pieces together and figure out how these things affect you, hopefully without becoming the victim of a hate crime or losing your 401k.
Here are the bare facts, as I understand them:
- The mainstream Japanese media caught on to the fact that RapeLay exists.
- The game company and the EOCS (like ESRB/CERO for JPN PC games) all freak about and pull the game from shelves
- EOCS starts knee-jerk rewrite of all regulations and now only missionary position through a hole in the sheet between two married, consenting adults is allowed in games
- The Japanese government also cares, now
Here is why you should care about even the slightest chance of the bustling Japanese rape game industry of being shut down: lots of other games and nice things come from Japan and any one of them could be negatively affected. The new EOCS regulations are very disturbing in how vague and expansive they are. I don't think FF7 and GTA4 would pass them cleanly. Video games have versions on multiple platforms, including Japanese PCs, and also multiple regions, including where you live. Intellectual properties appear in games, movies, books, and everything. One small regulation can actually affect everything.
I'm going to urge you to start caring about this, and leave you with a quote from a popular, smart person:
If you accept -- and I do -- that freedom of speech is important, then you are going to have to defend the indefensible. That means you are going to be defending the right of people to read, or to write, or to say, what you don't say or like or want said.
The Law is a huge blunt weapon that does not and will not make distinctions between what you find acceptable and what you don't. This is how the Law is made.