So CNN put up a story about Rapeplay one year after the the whole controversy blewover, and yet it has become a lighting rod that has encouraged a bunch of eroge loving anti-American commies to come out of the woodwork to praise the open letter penned by Mr. Nogami Takeshi. Let me make this abundantly clear: I am American and probably of the least popular sort since I am the part of the Imperial Military of Emperor Obama that seeks to make health care public and keep eroge from the general populace because clearly CNN is Emperor Obama’s state news network. Thus the views of CNN are those of all Americans… Yeah that sounds about fucking right. But in all seriousness to fight CNN’s abuse of gross generalizations with gross generalizations of their own is infantile and utterly contemptible, but at least it makes oppressing Japan so much easier as I put the boot to the throat of the Japanese as a member of the hated occupational army that’s been there since 1945. My own sick joy of making the Japanese butt-hurt aside, the open letter by Mr. Nogami Takeshi, while well written for the most part and characteristically polite yet scathing and disingenuous at the same time, does little more than rally those who already like eroge than actually change public opinion.
To start off, CNN for better or worse is a major media outlet; I find them contemptible as most people in the military do since for the most part we have long ago realized that journalists are not interested in the truth but very interested in a story that will help them make it big. I doubt that this little incident will generate the kind of dislike of journalism that I feel within the eroge community. To be honest it’s about time they realized, but I am afraid that the lessons will soon be forgotten. Like it or not CNN is quite large and they are trusted; it wasn’t always so and they made their big break back int he First Gulf War when they stayed to broadcast inside of Iraq while every other outlet left earning them the pre-eminence they enjoy today. One open letter is not going to humble them, the truth is that eroge enthusiasts are in the minority and those who play “rape simulators” are only a subset of that minority and thus regardless of how right they perceive their own cause is, the general public that watches CNN is going to have a hard time buying Nogami Takeshi’s letter if they even read it. Prattle on about truth and bring in how the US crime rate is worse than Japan’s, but let me make clear of how utterly disingenuous Mr. Nogami Takeshi’s assertions are when he mentions,
“Men and women are equals in politics and in the law. Your society and ours are no different there. Moreover, the crime rate statistics for both general crime and sex crime in Japan are, with all due respect, several times lower than in the United States. Did you, for instance, fear for your safety while walking the streets of Akihabara, or Ikebukuro (holy ground of hentai books for women)? They’re probably many times safer than the streets of New York, let alone those of the suburban housing districts around. (And guns are illegal, too.) Furthermore, in our Akihabara and Ikebukuro, there is no persecution of men or women alike, or of sexual minorities like homosexuals. We all live together in peace, expressing ourselves freely.”
To be fair under-reporting might have a little something to do with it, but I think the general cause is a larger US population spread over a larger territory with less police presence per square mile of territory. More over playing CNN’s games of my-country-is-better-than-yours is pretty damn stupid since harping on nationalism is not going to get people to listen and make them to be more inclined to react in a hostile manner. Woe be to those who buy into the idea that Japan is a place without problems. For those who do think Japan has all the answers, I suggest to those people to GTFO and move there to live in Japanese bliss. The sad truth is we live in a broken world and we are only broken in different ways, the reality is much more complex than simple generalizations or fantasies. Still one can always move to Japan to see if gum drops fall from the sky and if loli kisses taste like honey…
No matter who you are if you look at children “that” way people will probably call you out…
Yes, the eroge community is unfairly stereotyped as rapists in training that fap over pictures of little girls with no artistic merit. It is going to be a hard sell to convince much of the population that their loli-pics have artistic merit when in the US there are things like Megan’s Law; 4chan itself seems more or less devoted to taking down CP so that ought to tell them how CP is a line that few like to cross in the US at least, and possibly the entire Anglo-sphere. Just because it’s drawn out doesn’t lessen the discomfort people will feel when looking at their loli-doujins or seeing your little rape fantasy games. But it is a sales pitch they will have to make if they want to stop being a viable media target, and good luck with that, the Pentagon has tried for years and we haven’t gotten it right.
Comparing murder with rape is pretty much a losing battle since there are circumstances where murder can be excused such as in cases of self defense, the chaos of war, variations of manslaughter, etc. But there is no such provision for rape. I have never heard of rape in self defense and there is no real provision to excuse it even in war. Societies have used capital punishment at one time or another but there seems to be a rarity of state sanctioned rape as a means to punish criminality, so it is likely that murder and rape are two different animals in the minds of many. Suffice to say there is more acceptance for violence than rape, that’s just the way it is for better or for worse. In the West there seems to be very little tolerance for rapists and even within the penal system in the US rapists are looked down on within the jail pecking order. The perception of Japan however is much more skewed since they come across as exotic and different. Moreover the legacy of WWII means that the history of having conducted systematic rape in China, and herding women into brothels doesn’t help things no matter how much certain circles in Japan deny that it happened. So the perception is that rape in Japan is more acceptable than it is for the rest of us, not a fair assertion, but one that does exist. Looking at the sales of Modern Warfare 2 vs Rapelay or any Key game ought to spell out in no uncertain terms that violence is much more acceptable to the public.
As respected as Mr. Nogami Takeshi is, it is like having the Black Prince of Blackwater (now Xe) write an open letter to CNN to tell them the merits of PMCs, and how CNN has it wrong. It’s a hard sell and even if worded flawlessly, nothing will shake the perception that Mr. Nogami Takeshi has a vested interest in continuing the production of eroge games (sure on-record he’s done with that but he did make it at one point). Sure, within their bubble it will be a rallying point but only for them alone. What would probably serve the eroge cause better than an open letter and promiscuous linking to the CNN article, is probably a lobby group. The problem is one of perception not of rightness or wrongness, because perception is pretty much everything. Eroge games are going through what FPS and violent video games have been going through for some time already, the lesson here is that for mainstream games they have pretty much won widespread acceptance since the population that grew up with them kept playing them and formed lobbying groups that fought a battle for acceptance with self regulation. Videogames will one day be accepted as the population that did not grow with them dies out, the average gamer is likely an adult in this age so there is less backlash as time goes on. Eroge needs to play a similar game, sadly I have my doubts that outside of Japan such games will find that much traction. Also retail for the most part will not let anything AO on store shelves.
Hence his statements:
“Those products are developed for rational adults. You surely don’t believe that a rational adult would be influenced by such a game into committing rape, do you? Of course, in Japan, both that game you reported about and the hentai manga I draw are only distributed and sold under strict age restrictions to adults.
That your children might obtain such materials on the Internet is a trouble for us as well. Those are pirated copies. We would be grateful if you could let families and schools issue proper warnings to children. And would it be too much to ask that appropriate age restrictions are put in place in stores in your country so that the rational adults can buy legitimate copies?”
Also when bringing God into an argument the results… can be mixed.
In the US at least there is already censorship at play since retailers rarely put Adult Only Games on their shelves so there is regulation in that it is informally banned. Companies are allowed to sell them but most choose not to, and to be frank it is their choice on how their business is run and it’s unlikely that accusations of fascism over refusing to stock such games is really going to win many people over. Moreover the appeal for rational adults is quite laughable since people are rarely rational and it is a hard sell to convince John and Jane Q. Public that rational adults would spend free time playing a game about raping women or perusing over pictures of lolis in various states of undress. Rather I suspect that one would be lucky to get merely strange looks, but more likely come off as a sick buffoon that might get into an altercation of sorts.
I suspect that eroge enthusiasts will just have to learn how to weather these moral panics and at some point concede that their interests are niche, that rambling passionately about how vile censorship is will get them no where, that America is not out to deny them their lolis (Australia is), and that before them lies the choice of keeping things as private as possible or try and win public opinion that drawings of lolis is okay, and that a rape fantasy video game should be tolerated. The latter I think is all but impossible, and I doubt that it is simply a matter of ignorance as it is also a matter of revulsion as well. There are differences when it comes to sexuality, one is not inherently superior to the other so it is a losing battle to demand that Japan conform or that the rest should conform to Japan.
For the record I am pro-Censorship because I don’t want military matters to be publicly known as they happen; there is a place for censorship and trying to make it go away for the sake of fap material, I think, is stupid idea. Yes there is probably a place for fap materials… somewhere, but to do away with censorship is a patently dumb idea wished for by crackpots and those souls who have yet to be kicked in the teeth by reality. Information is power I think that the military at least should be allowed to black out information for the sake of ensuring security on ongoing operations, I am fine if the crap comes out 5-10 years later and people get butt hurt about it, but there is no need to remove censorship for the sake of fap materials. There are somethings that the public should not see like US Army intel regarding IEDs, it’s a shame that loli-pr0n gets lumped in with things that you should not be allowed to see, but I consider military matters to trump anyone’s need for Loli, shouta, and rape, thus censorship should not be cast aside. To insist on zero censorship is unrealistic as there is a place for state secrets, but there is also a happy median that societies can agree on with regards to moral censorship. Sadly in the case of the latter there is not much consensus building going on with eroge fans seemingly intent on prattling about their rights and not convincing those around them that what they fap to is okay. Hiding behind free speech will only get them so far. What they need is acceptance or at the very least toleration because without either they will remain a vulnerable target for a media circus. But I do share the hatred of journalists though on a much more intense level than most.
Big Media is much bigger than Big Eroge and as such I doubt widely dispersed eroge fans have the means to manhandle the news outlets the way Thatcher did during the Falklands War. They are a minority and if they try to force their agenda down the throats of a majority things will not go well. Still, best of luck to eroge fans for getting CNN to go back and apologize. Hell the if the AP won’t give up it’s Pulitzer for No Gun Ri after their sources were revealed as frauds, good luck with making CNN accountable. If all else fails pray that Japan will stand firm, as they have on whaling, and hope that they let you have all those eroge games without any censorship and move there to play them for the rest of your days, and you will probably have to move since your parent society probably does not share your Japanese-esque views on such matters. Otherwise things don’t looks so rosy even outside of Tokyo… There is a hostile environment for eroge enthusiasts outside of Japan and they will continue to face adversity until the day they gain acceptance for their particular fetish, or at least get the general population to politely ignore them as deviant but harmless perverts. In the end tough sell, tough shit, embrace the suck.