In today’s age where women’s safety and security is one of the primary global concerns & the world is trying hard to fight against violent crimes against women, a video game developer has come up with an outrageous new game that allows the players to rape and murder women during a supposed zombie apocalypse.
Sexual assault impacts thousands of people each year from all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and backgrounds across the world, and in America alone, a woman is raped every two minutes. In such a scenario, the fact that the developers want to make monetary benefit from highly twisted fantasies is shocking and highly insensitive to actual rape victims.
“Rape Day is a visual novel where you control the choices of a sociopath during a zombie apocalypse,” reads a statement on the game’s website. “You can verbally harass, kill people, and rape women as you choose to progress the story.”
The creator of the game justifies the idea by saying, “Every good fantasy is a power fantasy, even if it’s some odd-ball story about gaining the acceptance of the loss of control, it’s still a form of power. Porn is even more so about power.” He even goes on to add that the game a “dark comedy”.
Meanwhile, in response to an online petition on change.org, and the backlash on social media, Steam, the world’s leader in PC gaming marketplace issued a statement saying that it won’t distribute the game following mounting outrage calling on parent company Valve to ban it.
“How is this allowed to happen? This is only going to vilify rape and violence towards women. We are trying to stop this happening worldwide and yet this ‘game’ is now being sold to anyone, any age, who has access to a credit card”, says the petition.
Steam said, “After significant fact-finding and discussion, we think ‘Rape Day’ poses unknown costs and risks and therefore won’t be on Steam.”
The platform is generally known for its lax policies after it stopped censoring games submitted by users. The game was earlier scheduled for release on the Steam Direct distribution channel in April.