Controversial Game Rape Day Won't Be Allowed on Steam

Controversial Game Rape Day Won't Be Allowed on Steam

Controversial Game Rape Day Won't Be Allowed on Steam

Over the past week you may have heard about a game called "Rape Day" coming soon to Steam.

"After significant fact-finding and discussion", Johnson added, "we think "Rape Day" poses unknown costs and risks and therefore won't be on Steam".

While I'm not surprised that Rape Day has been pulled from the store, Valve's seemingly renewed commitment to their (almost) anything goes policy has caught me by surprise.

"We respect developers' desire to express themselves, and the goal of Steam is to help developers find an audience, but this developer has chosen content matter and a way of representing it that makes it very hard for us to help them do that". But Valve Software's statement explaining the decision to remove it from the platform might not soothe the anger that flared as people learned about the title. A Change.org petition gathered almost 8,000 signatures calling for the game's removal from Steam.

The pornography business is new legal and ethical territory for Valve, which only approved its first explicit, uncensored game on Steam in September of a year ago, but this is not the first time it has been called out on ethical grounds for the content of the adult games it distributes.

The zombie apocalypse game, which was not yet for sale but slated to arrive in April, is touted as a story of "violence, sexual assault, necrophilia and incest" and would allow players to 'verbally harass, kill people, and rape women'.

From Valve's part in things, it released some minor updates for the game in January, but the official Twitter account hasn't posted anything since mid-December.

'Rape Day' video game won't be available on Steam
Valve has removed Rape Day from Steam, dev maintains they’ve not “broken any rules”

"The content of this game is utterly perverted", she said in a statement. Given our previous communication around Who Gets To Be On The Steam Store?

According to the website, which is mostly just an FAQ about whether or not the game will get banned, Rape Day is apparently a "dark comedy" inspired by "horror and psychological thrillers", and porn.

This is not the first time that a game on the Steam platform has sparked outrage.

'Much of our policy around what we distribute is, and must be, reactionary-we simply have to wait and see what comes to us via Steam Direct, ' Valve said. By doing this, games with high wishlist numbers can ensure that they will appear on this tab of Steam instead of letting the algorithm chose what to show.

Rape Day's Steam page before its removal featured some disturbing, graphic images.

The Popular Upcoming list on Steam is meant to give studios a way to advertise their title in the weeks before its release, utilising the vast reach of Valve's platform.

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