Saturday, February 21, 2009

Disgusting Video Game Pulled from Amazon

This is one of the most disgusting news stories I have ever read. The Belfast Telegraph reports that Amazon has finally agreed to withdraw a video game it was selling on its site which involved the player stalking and raping women.

The details of the game were so graphic and offensive that the newspaper was not allowed to report parts of it in a public forum. The game apparently also contained modes in which players could involve other male players in acts of rape and 'special features' such as forcing the woman to get an abortion if she became pregnant.

Keith Vaz, MP, stated:

“It is intolerable that anyone would purchase a game that simulates the criminal offence of rape.

"To know that this was widely available through a major online retailer is utterly shocking, I do not see how this can be allowed.

“I am pleased that this game has been withdrawn, however, questions must be asked about how this shocking game was ever on sale. There should be harsher restrictions on games such as these being available on the market.”

I cannot find words to describe how appalled I feel about a game like this being created in the first place. As a husband and father, it sickens me that such a terrible crime against women could be glorified and encouraged in this way. It is a positive step that Amazon has withdrawn the game but they should apologise to customers for ever offering it for sale.