10 Notable Depictions of R*** in Mainstream Video Games [Linwood’s Picks] [NSFW]

Please note that this is not a celebration of sexual violence in the gaming industry, but a spotlight on notable instances throughout history on handling the sensitive topic of discussion and crime was handled in the context of storytelling or entertainment. Some were surprising as coming across it is coincidental, others garnered an amount of controversy that resulted in censorship. This list feature picks that show, are audible, or strongly allude to the heinous crime occurring instead of attempts. Perhaps it can be used as a warning for survivors that would like to avoid being triggered and haven’t done enough research on a potential purchase that contains such content or provide methods for storytellers to incorporate or steer clear of in their work. Aside from the most obvious selection due to its notoriety upon release on a console that no one would expect would have such an abomination programmed for, we won’t be including products developed for the sake of shock value like ‘Rapelay’.

CLUSTER’S REVENGE

“In the game, the player controls the character of Custer, depicted as a man wearing nothing but a cavalry hat, gloves, boots, and a bandana, sporting a visible erection. Custer has to overcome arrow attacks to reach the other side of the screen. His goal is to rape a Native American woman tied to a pole.”

RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2

“Set in a fictional recreation of the American Old West in 1899, Red Dead Redemption 2 focuses on the life of Arthur Morgan and his position in the notorious Van der Linde gang. The game follows the gang’s decline as they are pursued by lawmen, fellow gangs, and Pinkerton agents. The narrative revolves around the characters of Dutch van der Linde, John Marston, and Micah Bell in addition to Morgan.”

ALPHA PROTOCOL (SIE “RESCUING” YOU)

“Alpha Protocol is an espionage role-playing game set in the modern world. Loyalty carries a price and no one knows this more than agent Michael Thorton. A talented young agent cast out by his government, Thorton is the only one with the information needed to stop an impending international catastrophe. To do so means he must cut himself off from the very people he is sworn to protect. As players determine how to accomplish different objectives, the decisions made and actions taken in each mission will ultimately transform the type of secret agent Michael Thorton will become. Every choice the player makes as Michael Thorton will carry consequences for his future and the fate of the world.”

F.E.A.R. 2: PROJECT ORIGIN (THE ENDING)

“The sequel to F.E.A.R. continues the suspense story of the undead psychic Alma Wade, whose rage against those who wronged her causes an escalating paranormal crisis that threatens to devour and replace reality with her own. Instead of playing as the Point Man, the game’s protagonist is Michael Becket, a Delta Force operator whose squad is sent in to take Armacham Technology Corporation (ATC) President Genevieve Aristide into protective custody approximately thirty minutes before the ending of F.E.A.R.”

FAR CRY 3 (RESCUING KEITH)

Far Cry 3 is set on a tropical Asian-Pacific archipelago called the Rook Islands. The game’s protagonist is a young American man named Jason Brody who is trying to save his imprisoned friends and escape the hostile islands after a vacation gone wrong. He gets involved with the Rakyat, the native people of the island, and in return for their assistance, sets out to help them reclaim the island from Vaas Montenegro’s pirate and Hoyt Volker’s privateer invaders.”

KANE AND LYNCH 2: DOG DAYS

“The game switches the lead in the series, putting players in control of “self-medicated psychopath” Lynch. The story begins with Lynch having found peace in Shanghai and attempting to “make a fat deal where the pay is beyond his wildest dreams and nothing is going to get in his way.”

HOTLINE MIAMI 2: WRONG NUMBER

“The game takes place before and after the events of its predecessor, Hotline Miami, as it focuses on the backstory and aftermath of the previous protagonist, Jacket, slaying parts of the Russian mafia at the behest of anonymous voices leaving mysterious messages on his answering machine.”

DUKE NUKEM FOREVER (THE HIVE)

“Duke Nukem must once again save the women of Earth from being abducted by aliens after fifteen years of retirement. A lot of things happen that don’t really matter, even when he succeeds.”

GTA V

“Grand Theft Auto V is set circa 2013 in the city of Los Santos and its surrounding areas and tells the stories of three protagonists: Michael De Santa, Franklin Clinton, and Trevor Philips. It takes place about five years after the events of Grand Theft Auto IV, and four years after the events of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.”

SAINTS ROW: THE THIRD (RESCUING ZIMOS)