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MangaGamer responds to new EOCS regulations

June 4th, 2009, by zalas
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MangaGamer has apparently removed their upcoming game Suck my dick or die! and one of their current games, My sex slave is a classmate, from their lineup. One of our readers reports that the latter is still available for download to customers who purchased the game. This may be a reaction to new regulations concerning sexual violence coming from EOCS, a self-regulating consortium of adult game production companies in Japan.

The EOCS (Ethics Organization of Computer Software), often referred to as sofurin in Japan, mandates a set of guidelines that all member companies must follow. EOCS and CSA are the two main organizations that dictate guidelines for adult software in Japan. In the past, the EOCS has enforced guidelines regarding incest and sexual activity with unambiguously underaged characters. This recent set of regulations restricting the use of rape in adult games came in response to mounting pressure from the government and human rights organizations regarding sexual violence in eroge.

What sparked this recent set of events was the availability of a rape simulation game on Amazon’s UK site, prompting female rights group Equality Now to act to prohibit the sale of such games. ILLUSION, the game company behind the rape simulator, eventually removed the product from its website. However, this controversy has caused people both in Japan and outside Japan to take a closer look at sexual violence in eroge and put pressure on the game makers.

MangaGamer’s apparent response to the new EOCS regulations (which are not clear at the moment, as they are not public yet) was to remove two of its titles. Suck my dick or die!’s Japanese title has the word “rape” in it, and My sex slave is a classmate involves “training” girls as if they were pets, and this topic has supposedly been declared taboo by the EOCS according to some reports on the Japanese message board 2ch. Both of these games were published in Japan under the brand Liquid, which is one of NEXTON’s software brands. MangaGamer, although not a Japanese company, is controlled mainly by Japanese eroge companies, one of which may be NEXTON, due to the large quantity of their titles in MangaGamer’s lineup. The head of NEXTON also happens to be the current head of the EOCS.

UPDATE: MangaGamer has now issued an official statement on their site regarding the pulled titles, but there is no official word yet on continued availability to customers who have already purchased the games:

04 Jun 2009
We are sorry to announce that the following two titles will be put off from the site due to a request from the copyright holder.
“My Sex Slave is a Classmate”
“Suck My Dick or Die”
We sincerely apologize for the inconvinience this might have caused.


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  1. wefqewf Says:
    June 4th, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Who cares about a couple of bullshit generic titles getting scratched? If I want to read a good story there are plenty of those around, and if I really want to beat off that badly I have much better stuff available to me.

  2. stranger Says:
    June 4th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    the dark (no pun intended) side of this, is the Japanese developers have learned a hard lesson on what they should and should not offer to ‘us’ (potential customer outside Japan).

    There are a number of titles that have loli or rape (in one or more of it definitions) in them (even if it is not a core part of the story). But with this mess, the Japanese companies will have to take 1 of the 2 approaches while dealing with us. (1) “censor” the ‘western’ offending part (2) don’t bother providing the title to west.

    this mess couldn’t have come at a worst time, we (well, me at the very least) were hoping that Japanese companies will work on translating their title into English and sale them through MG or their own companies. But now they will have to be wary of offending western organisations, to the point that they might avoid us or worst… make western style VNs* that are targeted at western players!

    * imagine clannad taking place at western style high school instead of a Japanese one…. and now imagine all the girls having a western teen life/behavior style instead of a Japanese anime style.

  3. Veni Says:
    June 4th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    While I have no love for rape games and wouldn’t normally shed a tear for something like the ones that got removed I don’t like the precedent it sets. It opens the door to invite further censorship of creative rights that could further extend to things I do like. You have to remember theirs a big campaign against loli ongoing aswell in numerous countries…Now when politicians say loli you have to remember this includes ALL underage characters not just the prototypical flat chested little girls and considering the percentage of Eroge that use a school setting thats a massive amount of the games currently on the market.

    If this ruckus just stops at rape games then I’ll breath a sigh of relief but my paranoid side tells me this has the chance of going too far…Guess will see.

  4. appztetra Says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 4:57 am

    i wish they can work on new overdriver games….

  5. Ronald Says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 6:43 am

    AHAHAHA… Does anyone even want to play “Suck my dick or die!”? It would be better if Mangagamer will translate some games which is similar to Suika and Da Capo.

  6. Pirkaf Says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    “AHAHAHA… Does anyone even want to play “Suck my dick or die!”? It would be better if Mangagamer will translate some games which is similar to Suika and Da Capo.”

    Of course, but the censorship still sucks (dicks).

  7. stranger Says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    > 5
    both title that you listed have lolis. Try to keep that in mind.

    Little Busters have loli as well, and many “good story” titles have lolis as well.

  8. abc Says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    wonder if its just mangagamer not having interest in finishing translating “Suck my dick or die!” and kill “My sex slave is a classmate” since sales must have flatlined for it as a slight PR move.

    merely contemplating as “The Queen and Princess as your rewards” is still in progress for its release unless they decide to take it down.(translation might be done im guessing and they want some cash)

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