Is it ethically reasonable to rape women or kill babys in video games?

by LOLWTFasdasd asdad   Last Updated April 15, 2019 09:13 AM

I recently read about a game called 'Rape Day' where the player is able to kill and rape women. The game was sentenced not to be released on steam due to it`s extreme topic. Valves official statement regarding this decission is the following (source):

Over the past week you may have heard about a game called ‘Rape Day’ coming soon to Steam. Today we’ve decided not to distribute this game on Steam. Given our previous communication around Who Gets To Be On The Steam Store?, we think this decision warrants further explanation.

Much of our policy around what we distribute is, and must be, reactionary—we simply have to wait and see what comes to us via Steam Direct. We then have to make a judgement call about any risk it puts to Valve, our developer partners, or our customers. After significant fact-finding and discussion, we think ‘Rape Day’ poses unknown costs and risks and therefore won’t be on Steam.

We respect developers’ desire to express themselves, and the purpose of Steam is to help developers find an audience, but this developer has chosen content matter and a way of representing it that makes it very difficult for us to help them do that.

I think for most people this decission might be comprehensible due to the "unusual" topic of a game. On the other hand games are in my opinion a kind of art just like movies or books where killing or raping is a common topic even from a point of view of the protagonist.

So from a ethically perspective is it okay to such things in video games in western culture or rather not? I hope this question is not too much opinion based and might get a differentiated answer.

Tags : game-design

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