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Advocates Urge Boycott Of Rape Video Game

February 24, 2009

Anti-violence and women's rights advocates, as well as progressive gamers, are urging for a boycott of RapeLay, a video game by Japanese-based company Illusion, which encourages players to stalk, violently assault, and rape female characters. and eBay have both banned sales of the game from their websites, and  NY City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has urged game distributers to pull the game from their shelves as well.  However, according to the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, the game is still available elsewhere. For a progressive take on discussions of gender and race in gaming, check out Latoya Peterson’s piece for the Guardian, “Not all in the game.”