This post isn’t even slightly a defense of RapeLay, the Japanese PC game where the player captures three different girls and… well, rapes them. But I just want to do a reverse timeline here, for the benefit of CNN if no one else.
2010: CNN files this report on RapeLay 2009: Because of the worldwide outcry, gamemaker Illusion stops making RapeLay entirely 2008: After a very public outcry against the game, Amazon.com stops carrying it — which is to say stops its Marketplace stores from carrying it, because the online shopping giant would never in a million years have carried it itself 2007: SomethingAwful.com does its review of RapeLay 2006: The game Rapelay is released by Illusion
The game is four years old, took two years to get in the news the first time and only then because someone found it on Amazon, ceased being made entirely more than a year ago, and now CNN files this timely report. Awesome. THE GAME NO LONGER EXISTS, CNN. THERE’S NO CONTROVERSY, UNLESS YOU COUNT THE CONTROVERSY THAT OCCURRED IN 2008. Sigh.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.