Just like movies, TV shows, and any form of entertainment, really, video games have been blamed for violent acts and behavior almost as long as they've been around. In fact, games tend to share a much larger portion of that blame. Probably because the consumer is actively taking control and performing those acts themselves rather than just watching them unfold.
Games such as Grand Theft Auto and Doom have come under fire in the past, with some titles even being blamed for mass shootings in the U.S. Whichever side of the fence you fall on, things like guns, murder, and crime are aspects of gaming that will never go away. However, an upcoming release called Rape Day, that allows players to sexually assault women during a zombie apocalypse may well have crossed a line with pretty much everyone.
The game was advertised as coming soon on Steam this week. You may or may not know that last year, Valve revealed that it would allow anything that was not "illegal or just straight up trolling" on Steam. Rape Day has naturally tested that claim to its absolute limit. So much so, that the title has already been removed, reports Kotaku.
Rape Day's developer seemed pretty confident prior to the game's removal. Polygon reported that the developer didn't think it would be in breach of any rules unless Valve changed its policies. In a statement about the game's removal, Valve's Erik Johnson said, "We think Rape Day poses unknown costs and risks, and therefore, won’t be on Steam."
Rape Day's developer has also argued that those who are easily influenced by video games should not be playing them. That might be true, but there is no questioning the fact that this particular title really pushes the boundaries of what can and cannot be included in a game. It was also something of a lose-lose situation for Valve and Steam. Leave the title up, and users would question where the line is. However, by removing it, it has gone back on the "anything goes" claim it made last year.