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'Outrageous!' Disturbing New Video Game Allows Players to Simulate Rape, Murder of Women

03-06-2019

A graphic and violent new computer video game that lets players simulate the rape and murder of women is coming under fire.

The developer of "Rape Day" describes it as "a game where you can rape and murder during a zombie apocalypse."

"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 game, which contains graphic depictions of sexual violence, allows players to click on outcomes to violent scenarios, which are illustrated with characters rendered in 3D. 

The game's creator calls it "fantasy" stating: "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."

But many call the game evil and "outrageous."

"To think that people under the age of 18 are able to access this is just plain wrong," Debbie Tohill, executive director of New Zealand advocacy group Rape Prevention Education told Newshub.

"Making a game out of rape is never ok - it's outrageous, and it totally negates the impact that sexual violence has on its victims," she added.

Many online are also speaking out against the game.

"What sick mind plays a video game where the objective is to rape women," tweeted Logan Andrew.

The game is currently being reviewed by the popular online gaming platform Steam. If it passes, it will be available to purchase and play worldwide. 

Meanwhile, a game called "Active Shooter" was set for release after the Parkland shooting last summer for its depiction of a school shooting. It was pulled before it was released.

Change.org says Rape Day is going to belittle rape and violence towards women and is urging people to sign a petition to get it banned.

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