January 28, 2020

“Just a Bunch of Rape Scenes” – Popular Video Game on Steam

Mirror is another “adult” game on the gaming platform Steam. With over 26,000 overwhelmingly positive reviews on the site, Mirror is undoubtedly one of the more popular games in this category available. What exactly are these 26,000 and counting people doing when they play Mirror exactly? Some of the reviews say:

  • “Having spent 21 hours to reach all endings and obtain all achievements in this game, the storyline in this game can be controversial with multiple instances of BDSM, sexual assault and physical torture.”
  • “I realised most of the time I decided to click the “Play” button of this game was because its intriguing storyline and characters, that I almost forgot what my actual reason was, looking at these girls being tortured by my unforgiving, yet sorry self.”
  • “You can do whatever you want onto them (and I do mean whatever, since they are at your mercy)”

Mirror is an “eroge disguised as a puzzle game”, where players are rewarded for beating Bejeweled-like (another popular puzzle game where you match 3 of the same color jewel) levels with gratuitous and very violent sex.

This is not uncommon for Steam, where similar games abound. By allowing these types of games to exist on their platform, Steam is normalizing and profiting from depictions of the most cruel forms of sexual violence. Why is Steam allowing this game and others just like it to continue to be advertised and sold on their platform?

Unless you have parental controls on, which you can read about here, this game and countless others with similar content are readily available with only a few clicks away from the homepage. Steam must be held accountable for not only allowing this game to be on their platform, but for not providing proficient parental controls and safety features to make sure games of this nature are found by especially vulnerable children.

For more action items and proof on the Steam problem, visit our project page here.

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National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Founded in 1962, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is the leading national organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health crisis of pornography.

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