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Erotic game makes a humorous rape disclaimer


Dec 22
// Jim Sterling
Ever since the RapeLay controversy, things haven't been going well for the noble and honest men of the Japanese erotic game industry. Japan has banned a number of games containing scenes of rape and other extreme sexual conte...
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Guardian: These videogames are extreme pornography!


Dec 17
// Jim Sterling
Film critic Mark Kermode wrote a very interesting article recently comparing the recent scares and controversies surrounding videogames to the similar scares and controversies that surrounded horror movies back in the 1980s. ...
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A Real Girlfriend lets you stick your finger up her nose


Nov 25
// Josh Tolentino
[As posted on Japanator] And by "real girlfriend" I mean Real Kanojo, an upcoming title  from Illusion Soft, better known to most English-speakers as "The RapeLay guys." It seems they've held off from causing immediate c...
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Atlus promises Shiren the Wanderer won't make you cry


Nov 19
// Josh Tolentino
Don't worry, Atlus may be known for its propensity for importing Japanese cruelty (alonside Shin Megami Tensei games), but they promise that THIS time, with the February 10 release of Shiren the Wanderer for Wii, you won't be...
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Assassin's Creed 2: Sodomy, rape & 'crying as I f*ck her'


Nov 11
// Jim Sterling
It's been said before, but someone really ought to compile the best ESRB ratings and make a book out of them. The latest, and perhaps most surprising, of the game rating summaries is for Assassin's Creed 2, which details some...
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Xbox 360 users enraged over Tales of Vesperia PS3 port


Sep 06
// Jim Sterling
There is a reason why many Japanese gamers own an Xbox 360, and it's not because they love Halo. It's because Namco Bandai's Tales series is massive over there and, at one time, Tales of Vesperia was an Xbox 360 exclusive. Ve...
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Rumortoid: AGENT landing in 2010


Sep 06
// Matthew Razak
At E3 this year the Sony press conference had a bit of very good news for the company. The PS3 would play exclusive host to Rockstar's upcoming game AGENT. Those in attendance saw the word agent pop up on the screen and heard...
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United Nations calls for ban on Japanese sex games


Aug 28
// Jim Sterling
The ludicrous RapeLay controversy just hasn't stopped. The game's been booted out of the United States, torn down from Japanese store shelves, and criticized eight ways from Sunday, but still people are getting angry about it...
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Defending virtual rape: Not the same as condoning it


Aug 06
// Jim Sterling
This week, William Usher of the Web site Cinema Blend wrote a rather scathing editorial aimed at the Destructoid community, as well as the community at News 4 Gamers. The article concerned reactions to a story I had written, ...
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Rape games become Platinum games for one Japanese company


Aug 04
// Jim Sterling
The controversy over Japan's ... specialist ... gaming media continues following the RapeLay madness, with retailers and developers doing whatever they can to appear more clean and wholesome. Take, for example, PC download si...
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RapeLay devs announce a game, lift Dragon Quest designs


Jul 14
// Joseph Leray
Capitalizing on the Dragon Quest fever that is currently spreading through Glorious Nippon, RapeLay developer Illusionsoft has announced an H-game suggestively titled Yuusha kara wa Nigerarenai (You Can’t Escape From Th...
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Owning RapeLay might be a federal offense


Jun 21
// Conrad Zimmerman
Time to start scrubbing those hard drives, kids. A recent article over at GamesPolitics suggests that owners of the controversial hentai title, RapeLay, could be found guilty of possessing child pornography in US courts.This ...
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Atlus site violated, impregnated with Trojan


Apr 26
// Jim Sterling
If you visited Atlus' official Web site before the weekend, be warned. It's possible that a filthy trojan virus found its way onto your PC, courtesy of some scumbags who hacked into the niche game publisher's site and embedde...
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Force girls to do handstands so you can see their panties


Apr 17
// Jim Sterling
You can always count on Japan to skim the line between child molestation and charming merriment. A new erotic game from the country that makes rape fun, Hypnotism Class, grants players the power of mind control. With such men...
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Prison rape in games? Judge Mathis has you covered


Apr 13
// Jim Sterling
Television pundits and politicians may claim that videogames allow you to virtually rape women, but really, only a certain few games do that, and they remain in Japan. Come revel in the irony, then, of TV Judge Greg Mathis an...
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How Guitar Hero Arcade rapes your wallet and then some


Mar 11
// Jordan Devore
Yes, an arcade machine version of Guitar Hero (mostly based upon Guitar Hero III) actually exists. While this isn't the first time we have heard about it, I don't believe anyone has taken the time to write about their persona...
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Senator determined to find rape in GTA IV, even though there isn't any


Jun 25
// Jim Sterling
We always knew that these anti-game wing nuts were looking for problems that weren't there, but never has that idea been so literal. Connecticut State Senator Gayle Slossberg is currently searching as hard as she can for the ...
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Dtoid history: Bad idea blooper reel


Jun 19
// NO LONGER WORKS AT DESTRUCTOID
Look, I drink...and that has a tendency to result in some, let's just say, less-than-industry-standard ideas. For example, at the last Dtoid NARP, I tried to hire both midgets and strippers. Those little bastards make me laug...
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50 Cent will be the Burnout of shooters: So, a car wreck then?


Jun 13
// Jim Sterling
50 Cent: Blood in the Sand director Julian Waddows wants his game to be the Burnout of shooters, to take the genre as it exists and emphasize all that is fun."We wanted to do for the shooter genre what Burnout did for ra...
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Jack Thompson, guilty man: 27 of 31 misconduct charges recommended by judge


May 20
// Jim Sterling
Jack Thompson, controversial attorney and hater of Grand Theft Auto has been recommended guilty in twenty-seven of his thirty-one misconduct charges by Judge Dava Tunis. Last year, the madcap defense attorney was on trial for...
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Mekuri Master: Making sexual assault fun again!


Mar 31
// Chad Concelmo
If you were a game publisher and I pitched the below idea to you, what would you think?“Okay, so I have the best idea for a videogame. You play as a cool guy wearing a trench coat, okay? And you run into a school and tr...
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Dear Silent Hill (featuring new in-game video)


Dec 11
// Colette Bennett
Dear Silent Hill,I don't know what it is about you. I have no reason to want to be lost in a place that offers a consistent threat to my ability to remain alive, but I can't seem to stop thinking about you. I think that first...

Destructoid review: Resident Evil: Extinction

Sep 21 // 8BitBrian
In the first Resident Evil film, we're introduced to the T-Virus, it's horrible effects, and the mansion. All in all, it wasn't a horrible movie -- it was generic American horror and a poor use of a video game license. The second film was more magnificent than the first. It introduced more characters from the Resident Evil series, including Nemesis. Finally we had a proper enemy in the movie, only to have him die before the second film ends with Racoon City getting nuked.As we know, Alice is sought after by the Umbrella Corporation because her blood has bonded with the T-Virus, making her immune to its effects. They've captured her several times, but she's managed to break out and slaughter tons of people. Well, that didn't stop them from trying to find a "cure" to the zombie problem.We find out in the beginning of this film that Umbrella has been creating Alice clones from synthesized samples of her blood, and running them through a gauntlet of traps and tests to see how their reflexes are. The problem is, they suck. They suck enough that after 87 tries, they still can't get through the damn thing. What do you do with the dead bodies? Take them up above ground, and throw them in a ditch right outside, where a gigantic mass of zombies are clamoring for their flesh -- stopped only by a chain link fence and some razor wire.In a matter of weeks, the T-Virus has destroyed life in America, and over the next five years, it spreads throughout the world. People, animals, and even plants, all are affected by the virus. Now, the world is a veritable desert, as experienced by the dinosaurs. For a bit, I thought Resident Evil had been switched out for a remake of Mad Max, but I was sadly mistaken.So, what now? Alice joins up with a caravan of survivors, including Claire Redfield and a bunch of children. Now, with a dream of heading to Alaska, where the virus might not be, the gang has to make a stop in Vegas to do some gambling and grab some gas. When they get there, the Umbrella Corporation left them a shipping container filled with...you guessed it, zombies!These are super-zombies, though. That "cure" Umbrella was working on? Well, it actually makes the zombies more aggressive, but gives them some basic logic skills, along with an insatiable thirst for Sony products. More on that later, though. After dispatching the zombies, Alice and company follow Umbrella's helicopter back to the base. Everyone except for Alice takes the helicopter towards Alaska, who decides to settle this Umbrella Corporation business once and for all.Now, the evil doctor who's been leading all this T-Virus experimentation has gotten himself infected, and over-injects himself with the "cure" for the T-Virus that he's been working on. Now, he's turned himself into a tyrant, and proceeds to tentacle rape a man's face. Also, he's got psychic powers. Now, it's up to Alice to fight him -- in a situation where she is told that she needs to go do a boss fight.So now that I've gotten through all that, it's time to expound on the film itself. Resident Evil: Extinction attempts to be an epic film, creating a grandiose end for the series, and in doing so, removes itself almost completely from the Resident Evil franchise, save for some character names, and a good 15 minutes worth of screentime that resembled the original Resident Evil game.The film doesn't let you forget its roots, either. I doubt that there was a gap longer than five minutes where they didn't show you a Sony product. When they were training the domesticated zombie, they first gave him a Sony phone, followed by a Sony camera. Let that sink in for a moment. Alright, good? To add to this, I thought Alice was just a walking advertisement for Heavenly Sword, with the way she fought with knives. It's product placement at its worst.From a cinematic standpoint, the film was actually an improvement over the last one. Niero was fired from the position of Director of Photography, so the combat scenes were no longer filmed in shaky-cam-o-vision. The dialogue was totally unnecessary -- it was just something to fill up the time.As a horror film, though, Resident Evil failed me. It relied heavily on simple jump scares -- what I mean by that is they have things happen rather suddenly in order to get a scare out of you. The film leans heavily on the typical events of a zombie film: someone gets bitten, but doesn't tell the others, eventually causing a disturbance; there's always one zombie that you didn't find; those survivors calling for help are actually robbers. The list does go on and on, but those are some of the major ones that you can see from a mile away.Zombie logic, too, is something I take very seriously. The zombies range from barely being able to control their own motor functions to being able to operate cameras and scale a mock Eiffel Tower. There's too much of a gap in the film in how they operate. That's my rant for Weekend Reading, though, so I'll leave it be for now.Does this film have any redeeming qualities? Most certainly not. By the time I came out of it, I felt drained of all emotion, almost as though I was a zombie myself.Final score: 1/10Forget it/Rent it/Buy it
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Friday night. It's a time when we all go out to the movies and enjoy the finest pickings that Hollywood has to offer. Well, this week, if you weren't interested in Good Luck Chuck or Sydney White, then Resident Evil: Extincti...

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Factor 5 absolves itself over Lair being a big pile of wank


Sep 05
// Jim Sterling
To say that Lair has not received the warmest of welcomes by reviewers is to perhaps put things a tad mildly. A long time in development and the usual make-or-break hype has not done enough to stop people panning Factor 5's b...
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RetroforceGO!: Episode 13: PAX 2007: Unpleasant Burrito Experiences


Aug 27
// Dyson
Aaaaaaaaaaaand welcome, to another hastily written post. The reason for my lack of time, this time, is the fact that last weekend was PAX. Not one to be outdone by silly things like work or poverty, I decided that there was n...
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RetroforceGO!: Episode 11 - Forgotten Franchises, recording tonight


Aug 08
// Chad Concelmo
We argued about it, we pushed each other around -- heck, Colette even lost some hair from Dyson’s swift, almost ninja-like blows -- but we finally did it: the Retroforce gang compiled a list of the ten best retro franch...
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RetroforceGO!: Episode 9, recording tonight


Jul 25
// Dyson
Remember that cool cousin you used to have? You know, the one that wrapped his Camaro around a telephone pole on New Years Day?  Remember, before the accident,  how he could always be found playing one of those old ...
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Final Fantasy potions hit Japanese market; why do I want this again?


Jul 18
// Colette Bennett
I like game related merchandise. I can't pretend that I don't get excited when I see Chocobo seat cushions and other such random wackiness. It's so kawaii, after all. But sometimes I feel like there is a strong li...
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HGS 07: Masters of the MMO (alternatively: How is SOE still in business?)


Jun 28
// William Haley
Moderated by Corey Bridges, Executive Producer for the Multiverse Network (who gets an A for Effort and an S for STFUALRPS), this event was really about hoping that the guy who made World of Warcraft would publicly ridicule t...
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ooVoo pitches gamers with nostalgic bloody faces


Jun 20
// Niero Gonzalez
To add to today's essential collection of non-news, I offer you this absurd commercial we just received from the ooVoo people aimed at gamers. The video shows a trio of British blokes entering a deathmatch session engag...

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