Omega Labyrinth Z , an adult-orientated anime dungeon crawler, will not be released on PlayStation 4 or Vita after Sony stepped in and banned the game from all western regions.
The game, which mixes chibi-style dungeon exploration with a
slideshow of provocatively-dressed young anime characters, had been set to launch in Europe and North America.
In Europe, Omega Labyrinth Z was given a PEGI 18 rating for sexual content, although a UK launch had already been scrapped after the
Video Standards Council (VSC) banned it. Germany, New Zealand and Ireland had also joined the UK in banning the game.
The contentious issue was the young-looking female characters. The characters themselves are of indistinguishable age, but cues
from the setting within a 'school' environment rather causes issues.
Distributor PQube announced it will not release the game in the West at all because PlayStation itself intervened.
It is with sadness that we
announce that the game is cancelled on both platforms [PS4 and Vita] and all Western regions permanently.
The debate over graphic Japanese sex games such as RapeLay continues with word that the United Nations is stepping in.
At a meeting earlier this month, the UN's Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women called for a ban on
explicit video games and anime.
As reported by Anime News Network, the committee urged Japan to ban the sale of video games or cartoons involving rape and sexual violence against women which normalize and promote sexual violence against women
The committee also expressed concern at the normalization of sexual violence in the State party as reflected by the prevalence of pornographic video games and cartoons featuring rape, gang rape, stalking and the sexual
molestation of woman and girls.
As you're probably all aware, the mess that slowly started spinning with Rapelay is slowly going out of control recently.
A new fax from the Japanese trade association censors, EOCS, has been sent out and as with previous faxes companies
are still not allowed to release any of the information for some reason.
#New guidelines will start from October, all sales of older rape games will also have to stop, no matter if they're downloadable games or physical package games.
The period from 5th June to 31st September will be the changeover
period where rape games will still be allowed to a certain extent, and the new restrictions will go full force starting from October. Games released sometime by the end of the year will most likely still be okay as games go through the judging process
earlier before the actual release.
Shoujo (girl) and school council keywords managed to escape from the list of NG words.
Normally big decisions like this would need to be done through official meetings where
companies can show their disapproval, but the EOCS is really forcing it in this time, and the person leaking the info suspects the EOCS is under huge pressure for them to be doing something like that. However he does not know if there are any other
entities pressuring the EOCS other than the politicians.
CSA's regulations will be released next week apparently so some are waiting to see how that goes.
5 companies were talking about quitting the industry.
More of the translated information can be found on:
Erotic Game Developer Minori , developer of adult PC titles like Bittersweet Fools and Angel Type , has blocked website access outside Japan.
While accessing the Minori site from Japan poses no problems, those outside the country
have been greeted with this message:
This website cannot be browsed excluding Japan.
Some foreigners seem to be having an antipathy against EROGE (Erotic Games).
Therefore, We prohibited the access from foreign countries, to defend our culture. Sorry for you of the fan that lives in a foreign country.
As we previously mentioned, these recent defensive measures from erotic game makers come in the wake of the Rapelay controversy and subsequent rape game banning.
Currently, The bill that allows to limiting the content (It is censorship. Isn't it?) to all EROGEs is being discussed in the Diet because intellectuals and politicians said
Japanese EROGE were being problem and troubled with the foreign country. Therefore we should make EROGE hidden away from foreign country, and also its content should be limited and censored.
Otherwise, you just can talk your idea about
this issue at your blog or other media to inform the existence of this problem to the public. It would be very helpful for us.
If you do so, we might be able to recover the "Freedom of speech" and the barricade lying in between us would
be taken away.
Please help us.
We hope this separation would be only for short moment.
Japan's Ethics Organization of Computer Software have now held an emergency meeting in which nearly 100 representatives from various erotic game companies concluded that the manufacturer and sale of rape-type games should cease. This was not a government
decision or even a legal one, but instead a self-policing policy on the part of the EOCS.
None of the representatives thought it was out of line to ban these types of games, and many felt this was the only way to rectify any problems caused by
these types of games.
Future regulations regarding games will be worked out in the future. Until then, the EOCS will work with individual erotic game companies to help ease the transition.
TBS news reports that all rape games will be banned from sale or production in Japan.
It is estimated that this particular genre takes up about 10% to 20% of the entire industry but the PC software independent review committee has made the
decision to ban all these games.
The PC games review committee had originally not seen it as a problem, but now it has come to the point where the entire game software industry has to comply to the new restrictions.
The committee will
change their censorship guidelines starting from the 2nd of June, and the approximately 200 member companies will be restricted from the production and sale of rape games.
The news article reports that the reason for doing so started with the
campaigning efforts of the International woman’s rights organization Equality Now which had started due to the problems found with the sale of Rapelay in other countries.
The embers of the RapeLay controversy were stirred a bit yesterday with a report that the game - and others of its ilk - had been banned in Japan. Not by
the government, mind you, but by an industry standards organization.
As it turned out, the report was false: The news source TBS jumped the gun and exaggerated everything. If it is really decided that rape games will be regulated we’ll
definitely at least have till past July to comply. The used game market will probably still be OK.
Japan’s Koumeito party, long a member of the ruling coalition, has condemned adult games featuring sexual coercion and violence as being a highly negative influence on Japan’s tiny rates of sex crimes. They are calling for a ban or further restrictions
on their sale.
As part of the deliberations of its Project Team for Creating a Protective Rearing Environment for Children offered a variety of baseless claims, such as: There is a very good chance that the influence of violent sex
games far exceeds that of regular pornography.
Their (foregone) conclusion was that the government must consider a ban or further restrictions on eroge in order to protect the children from their pernicious influence. No evidence, scientific
or otherwise, was presented in support of any of their claims.
The controversial Japanese game RapeLay was cleared by a software industry screening board, reports The Yomiuri Shimbun.
According to the newspaper, the Tokyo-based Ethics Organization of Computer Software screened RapeLay without advising
its publisher, Illusion, to make any edits. 235 computer game firms belong to the supposedly self-regulating organization.
While an unnamed official of the group would not reveal its screening standards, he told the newspaper:
[The organization] follows the Penal Code and the law, which bans child prostitution and child pornography. Also, we ask for self-regulation of games, to ensure stories depicted stay at a permissible level from a social
[Given the RapeLay controversy the organization] should discuss what kind of self-imposed regulations are required to ensure [games] are acceptable to society.
Have you ever played a porn game? No, of course you haven't. Neither have I. And if I ever did, it would have been purely for research purposes.
This week, in Robot Punch!, we'll discuss a genre of video game that doesn't often find much coverage
in the media, despite its significant role in the industry: The H-game. Also known as eroge (short for “erotic games”), the genre recently caught some heat and now we're feeling a little more guilty about ourselves.
Games nutter MP Keith Vaz has decided to bang on about the game RapeLay which was withdrawn from US Amazon as soon as they realised it was controversial.
EDM 818 RapeLay Video Game by Keith Vaz
That this House is appalled that a video game that simulates rape has been readily available for sale on the internet; warmly welcomes Amazon's decision to withdraw the web page for the Japanese video game Rapelay; firmly believes
that video games featuring high levels of violence can be detrimental to those playing them; notes that every year an estimated three million women experience rape, domestic violence, stalking or another form of abuse; and calls on the Government to ban
such games from sale in the UK, including through online retailers.
Lynne Jones, Lee Scott, Andrew Dismore, Peter Bottomley, David Drew, Bob Russell, Joan Humble, David Lepper, Martin Caton, Jeremy Corbyn, Mark Durkan, Mike
Hancock, David Taylor, Alan Simpson, Kelvin Hopkins, Colin Breed, Andrew George, Rudi Vis.
A computer game that involves the player stalking victims and then raping them in a virtual world was being offered for sale by online retailer Amazon.com but has now just been withdrawn.
The rape simulator , Rapelay , is produced
and set in Japan
Reviews by gaming websites have expressed horror at the basis for the game. One website review describes tears glistening in the young girl's eyes as she is attacked in graphic detail.
Players begin the game by
stalking a mother on a subway station before violently raping her. They then move on to attack her two daughters described as virgin schoolgirls. Players are also allowed to enter freeform mode where they can rape any woman and get other male game
characters to join the attacks.
Pregnancy and abortion are listed as key features. One review said: If she does become pregnant you're supposed to force her to get an abortion, otherwise she gets more and more visibly pregnant each time
you have sex. If you allow the child to be born then the woman will throw you in front of a train!
The game's producer, Illusion is a company from Japan famous for making similar 3D Hentai games. The online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, says: Due to Illusion's policy, its games are not intended to be sold or used outside of Japan, and official support is only given in Japanese and for use in Japan.
Last night Labour MP Keith Vaz said he was shocked that Amazon are allowing people to purchase such a game and plans to raise the issue in Parliament after being contacted by the Belfast Telegraph website.
Vaz said: It is
intolerable that anyone would purchase a game that simulates the criminal offence of rape. To know that this widely available through a major online retailer is utterly shocking, I do not see how this can be allowed. I will be raising this matter in
Parliament and hope that action is taken to prevent the game from being sold.
After being contacted by the Belfast Telegraph Amazon today removed the webpage. A screenshot is also available at this location. The company would not comment on
the item or say why it had been offered for sale through their website.