"It's often hard to take Keith Vaz seriously, as the member of British Parliament seems happy to assume the role of the video game industry's major antagonist in the UK. However, his complaint about Amazon selling a "rape simulator" has turned out to be more truth than not, and the online retailer has taken the game off its site.
Vaz lambasted Amazon for selling the hentai rape-simulator, Rapelay, on its site, telling the Belfast Telegraph that, "It is intolerable that anyone would purchase a game that simulates the criminal offence of rape. To know that this widely available through a major online retailer is utterly shocking, I do not see how this can be allowed." Because the game was actually offered on Amazon via a third party reseller known as "Hentaiguy," it seems likely that Amazon didn't actually know about the game until it made the news. As a result, the game was yanked from Amazon shortly afterwards.
That Rapelay raised public ire isn't surprising, as a detailed review of the game makes its content sound incredibly objectionable. Aside from the fact that the game has been pulled off Amazon's website, seller Hentaiguy's store seems to have been eliminated, as well."
February 23, 2009
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