New Eroge Regulations in Japan Unveiled

New Eroge Regulations in Japan Unveiled

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Japan's Ethics Organization for Computer Software has sent a fax to its members detailing about what will and will not be allowed under the new regulations banning rape games in the country.

The "main points" of the confidential fax were leaked to Canned Dogs, which has been following (and, more importantly, translating) the story since it began. According to the leaked information, EOCS members will now have to work with the following restrictions:

  • Words such as "training" (調教) or "slave", among others, are not allowed in the title or packaging
  • HCG (Hentai computer graphics) involving sexual violation cannot exceed 20% of a game's total HCG count (ie: can't try to build this up by having lots of everyday life CG events)
  • Even if it's below 20%, anything that is promoting a criminal offense is not allowed
  • Anything that promotes rape, confinement, stalking, domestic violence and portrays it in a way that the offender gains something out of it is not allowed
  • New games that have already passed the review process by the EOCS are considered "safe" from this

Some game makers were apparently unhappy with the fact that the regulations are "completely different" than what was on the table at the EOCS meeting originally called to discuss the matter and that they came into effect almost immediately, leaving them little time to react. Questions appear to remain unanswered, however, as at least one site says the EOCS is planning a "gradual change" in the new requirements and it has also been suggested that some companies will simply drop their membership in the EOCS and continue developing their games unhindered.

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Tell me again, why would makers of rape porn be concerned with ethics exactly?

tighter regulations? It sounds like they've banned the genre entirely.

Guess it'll be going underground. But hey, At least now distribution won't be supervised.

All of this reads a little like the Hays code or CCA regulations.

Dectilon:
Tell me again, why would makers of Interactive rape porn be concerned with ethics exactly?

Fixed it. You do pose a very good question though.

vivaldiscool:
tighter regulations? It sounds like they've banned the genre entirely.

Not really. Any eroge game can still have 19% rape scenes as long as the offender gets caught and dealt with. (Not "gaining something")

I can actually agree with that.

Cpt_Oblivious:

Dectilon:
Tell me again, why would makers of Interactive rape porn be concerned with ethics exactly?

Fixed it. You do pose a very good question though.

Interactive is the selling point... wait, thats kinda out of context.

Even if it's below 20%, anything that is promoting a criminal offense is not allowed

This one seems flawed to me, wouldn't this apply to games other than the rape ones also?

"Words such as "training" (調教) or "slave", among others, are not allowed in the title or packaging"

Sorry but someone needs to clear this up for me:

a) How is the word training related in any way to sex/rape/anything other than Pokemon.
b) Does that mean Brain Training is now illegal in Japan?

Again, not legally binding. Again, most of these games were computer order's (or special order, or in the back room, or downloaded, etc) anyway. Again, people who want to play these game are going to get these games, as they don't much care if they are unrated. And, yet again, this will change nothing. Hentai game makers will make hentai that panders to fetishes, because there is money to be made and they don't care about what the fetish they pander to is, whether that fetish be normal sex, BDSM, bloodplay, Yaoi/Yuri, Rape, or the many, many way worse things that they have come up with.

nova18:

Sorry but someone needs to clear this up for me:

a) How is the word training related in any way to sex/rape/anything other than Pokemon.
b) Does that mean Brain Training is now illegal in Japan?

This is an organization that regulates PC games. It does not mean that rape games are banned in Japan, in fact, this just means that the companies willing to make those kinds of games will just resign from that organization and will look for another organization for that.

And I'm guessing those particular kanji for the word "training" has a special connotation that has nothing to do with Pokemon. I don't know, not Japanese here.

Considering the sheer number of kanji there are, maybe those mean training of humans.

The_root_of_all_evil:

vivaldiscool:
tighter regulations? It sounds like they've banned the genre entirely.

Not really. Any eroge game can still have 19% rape scenes as long as the offender gets caught and dealt with. (Not "gaining something")

I can actually agree with that.

Have one rape scene that saves the world? NO GAME FOR YOU

Have fifty different ones for fifty different ways of geting locked in the slammer? HAVE FUN!

Dectilon:
Considering the sheer number of kanji there are, maybe those mean training of humans.

Again though, training them for what?
I dont know why this has piqued my curiosity so much but it seems like an odd word to regulate.

Dectilon:
Tell me again, why would makers of rape porn be concerned with ethics exactly?

Because that's like making a game about torturing people. Where 80% of the game is torturing. GOOD people, Punisher doesn't count, as he tortures and shoots bad people.

Also, because rape leaves a permanent scar on your psyche and sex life.

Fenixhart:

The_root_of_all_evil:

vivaldiscool:
tighter regulations? It sounds like they've banned the genre entirely.

Not really. Any eroge game can still have 19% rape scenes as long as the offender gets caught and dealt with. (Not "gaining something")

I can actually agree with that.

Have one rape scene that saves the world? NO GAME FOR YOU

Have fifty different ones for fifty different ways of geting locked in the slammer? HAVE FUN!

Rape is never justified.

Fenixhart:

Have one rape scene that saves the world? NO GAME FOR YOU

I'm actually quite intrigued about how you would go about creating that situation... :D

What about "skill education" instead of "Training"? What about a Fable-stylee system about the rape? If you rape, people demonise you and make the game harder?

調教 means to train an animal, so in that regard I can see why they wouldn't want it used.

Abedeus:

Rape is never justified.

Exactly. My crude example bassically meant that one instance of making it justified would be denied where as endless opportunities of getting the long arm of the in-game law to bitchslap you across the face would be permitted as the character would be punished for it.

Its not the act of it being there, its how it's handled.

Well I for one am pleased, though I drought this will do much. It won't be to difficult for people to get pirate copies of games that already exist, but new rape games will hopefully be less frequent after this.

NOOOOO!!! NOT MY ANI-RAPE!!!
(jk lol)

nova18:
"Words such as "training" (調教) or "slave", among others, are not allowed in the title or packaging"

Sorry but someone needs to clear this up for me:

a) How is the word training related in any way to sex/rape/anything other than Pokemon.
b) Does that mean Brain Training is now illegal in Japan?

a) I can explain, although I imagine googling BDSM training would explain too.
b) Not sure. I presume they actually only plan to apply it to rape games.

One day all of Japan will be cleansed of their perverted ways.

It will be the end of the world.

Though I'd like to think if I sold Eronge in Japan for a living that Regulations would not apply to Me since I'd pretty much be in a dank place already.

If the rapist is caught at the end of the game and given a taste of his own medicine, I can see that being a good example.

Predix: Another thread full of thinly veiled xenophobia and absolute ignorance about what is actually being regulated.

It's very likely that most of this material would be circumvented with disclaimers, single line clarifications or other things along those lines. What I'm intrigued is the fact that the VISUAL ARTS director is outraged about this. From what little I know of Visual arts, they generally deal with True love type games.

Again, not sure I like this from a personal point of view (if you put aside stuff about free speech and idiotic morals) because it does seriously limit stuff that can be done in eroge.

Hopefully the [email protected] guy will take a stand.

wordsmith:

Fenixhart:

Have one rape scene that saves the world? NO GAME FOR YOU

I'm actually quite intrigued about how you would go about creating that situation... :D

What about "skill education" instead of "Training"? What about a Fable-stylee system about the rape? If you rape, people demonise you and make the game harder?

A woman rules the world. You rape her, she goes insane and hides away in acapoco (sp).

There ya go, you just saved the world

Malygris:
Questions appear to remain unanswered, however, as at least one site says the EOCS is planning a "gradual change" in the new requirements and it has also been suggested that some companies will simply drop their membership in the EOCS and continue developing their games unhindered.

So, in other words, these changes might take forever to take place, and even if they were implemented, the makers of the games could go on doing their thing as long as they left a particular organization?

EDIT:

Hypnosis is ok, according to the Canned Dogs article you linked to. It's not in the main bullet points, but I think that it's certainly food for thought... I mean, what does this mean exactly? That the rape games of today will become the hypnosis games of tommorow?

Sigh also get that Rapelay image out of here. The games being regulated play completely differently from rapelay, have different takes on rape than Rapelay and are just in general fundamentally incomparable on every front except both has rape within them as content.

Correct me if I read this wrong, but new games of this genre that haven't been released but were created before the law came into effect can still be released? I'd like to give a big round of applause to our old, rule defying, unfair friend, GRANDFATHER CLAUSE! (Applause)

Eh, I'm a bit skeptical on this. Sure rape is bad IRL no doubt, but in games people do lots of other things that would be unspeakable IRL.

Murder has no place in a healthy society. Virtual murder, especially a gruesome one, is awesome (ask people about the best thing in Fallout 3).
A healthy society resents and detests war. War games (and movies) are one of the most popular genres.
Rape has no place in a healthy society. Why is it wrong in a video game while most other crimes are perfectly fine?

And don't give me the crap about the killing being about "survival" and/or "ultimate good goal". All the Grand Theft Auto games, where you rob people of their cars so you can take part in a bank robbery or a gang shoot-out in the middle of a crowded city (and get money for killing random people and blowing up random cars), any other mafia games where all the crimes you commit are for nothing but the personal gain of you or your boss, and every game where you have the choice to be the "bad guy" is supposed to be played by killing, stealing, cheating, betraying and generally being a criminal and an asshole for nothing more than your own personal benefit and enjoyment.

Also, has anyone actually seen the game Rapelay that started all this? I have, and for a non-japanese speaking person it's nothing but a 3D porn simulator. There is no physical abuse, just groping on the train and having sex in the park/public bathroom/bedroom. If the game didn't say "Rape" on the cover, you couldn't tell it apart from every other 3D sex game out there. So the only thing that makes it an "offensive" game is actually the context - achieved entirely by textual information (in Japanese), and nothing but textual information. In movie terms, it's basically a mainstream porn movie that someone has changed the cover to say "rape" and added "he's raping her" in the subtitles. If "any sex advertised 'rape' is, in fact, rape", I feel sorry for our future.

In no way do I advocate any of this trash. I don't care for it...but it's fake, none of the people portrayed in eroge are real.

From what I've been told, Japan has relatively low sex crime rates so it's not like it's causing people to go out and really do the things portrayed in these games.

People just need to learn to live and let live.

Andy Chalk:
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"....anything that is promoting a criminal offense is not allowed."

Did they just ban videogames in Japan?
Also, does it still apply if I call it a JRPG? You play the role of a Japanese serial rapist in some, right?

 

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