I was baffled by a link forwarded to me on orkut which referred to a new video game that was designed to give users a high through testing raping skills. Times of India link of Nov 7 could throw more light into this http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Japanese-rape-games-invade-Indian-computers/articleshow/5205032.cms
I was paralyzed seeing the word ‘rape’. The thought of an incident as such makes me shudder and in this Chennai rains when it’s chilly, I am sweating with panic. I am not unaware of such games online, neither am I unaware of material and literature on violent sexual acts. Child porn is an industry and heaven for peadophiles. I have heard people discuss about child porn movies and I did believe they had the potential to influence the subconscious.
But video games are totally different because of the very nature and content they represent. It firstly gives children the privilege to use them considering it was meant for them. The transition from cartoons and animation to video games of violence and sexual nature is seen so obvious among youngsters today that it is difficult to divide a line of control between don’t and do. And then again right to sexuality is becoming a concern among our generation. I have nothing to comment on right to sexuality but violating someone’s right’s is injustice and with high rape statistics in a country like ours access to such games is potentially harmful.
My first encounter with such a contraption was when I dealt a case study of an adolescent who was addicted to porn games like shoot the penis and vagina. I could not fathom what pleasure he found and did he really fantasize it. But my understanding on the issue was grounded when he began talking promiscuously and behave precociously.
The power of the subconscious is not unknown to us and even if we are ignorant, those in research, production, sales and marketing know it better. So each time such a toy or game lands in market it has more buyers.Hence, no point in arguing playing games on rape will not instigate such instances. I am not being biased here and for those who won’t read the India time’s article above, this game mentioned is about raping a mother and daughter in a train, subway and other places. I don’t want to go into the details of groping, undressing games online with superspecialised gay games.
The divide between individual choices on sexuality and right to involve in sex games are blurry . With cyber police admitting their job is to deal with international security, the entire burden to tackle this issues is confined to schools and families who have no stake in porn movies and video game industry and are in no way responsible for this mess. As for the commercial and IT sector perhaps they get away distinguishing morality from ethics.
Reminds me of a question a Btech on campus asked me recently- Can Technology be ethical? Does technology have moral obligation. She argued technology has no responsibility because we human design it. So where do we stand? Are we responsible? How long will we get away with the typical school essay which says technology is like a knife it can cut an apple and kill people too J
Please don’t tell me rapes have been happening all along so how can you say games will increase it. There are sufficient studies on graphic movies increasing rape. And my biggest concern is why do we need to improve rape skills?????? Skills denote the fact we need practice to master something that will yield a result. So what skills are we hoping to master here?
I thought we should at least ponder on these lines, or be informed. To me the word rape brings a shudder and when I think of an industry instigating it – I am speechless.