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Steam Pulls Upcoming Game Over Fear For Their Reputation

UPDATE: VG907’s parent site, PixelBay, contacted Desk Plant to which they said the game was made seriously. The dev said the person absolutely hates the content of the game in the real world, but in fantasy, there is no problem, especially when there is little blood and comedic elements. The dev also expected that Steam would keep true to their word of not pulling a game over the content of it.

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Steam has decided to deny the controversial visual novel: Rape Day. The game was clear about what it was: A game about raping women during a zombie apocalypse. The choice to not allow the game on Steam was done because Steam “feared for their reputation”.

Steam’s Decision

Steam’s decision came as a surprise to some since this follows their statement about what games were allowed on the platform. As pretty clearly stated back in June, Steam explained that the platform would be less heavy-handed on the content in games released online.

We’ve decided that the right approach is to allow everything onto the Steam Store, except for things that we decide are illegal, or straight up trolling.

Due to the lack of real people or realistic graphics, it doesn’t fall in line of being “illegal” and the developer, Desk Plant, is seemingly serious enough to pass as “not a troll”. The news of such a game going to the platform was something of a mixed bag for users as it was a game that seemed to either place itself as a game made to fulfill a fantasy or to push the limits of what was allowed on the platform before it’s pulled. The game garnered heavy criticism, leading to a successful petition.

We then have to make a [judgment] call about any risk it puts to Valve, our developer partners, or our customers. After significant fact-finding and discussion, we think ‘Rape Day’ poses unknown costs and risks and therefore won’t be on Steam.

The game’s website is a weird place, it seems like an average website. It houses a Q&A, contact page, and a research page that links out to a series of sources refuting the idea that video games cause real crime.

The launch of Rape Day was to happen in April, but has until further notice, been postponed until he can find a new home for his game.