Hotline Miami 2 includes a rape scene, has gaming gone too far?
The much anticipated sequel to the cult classic Hotline Miami is about to be released and it is already causing problems with previewers revealing that the game will include a scene where the player is forced to rape a wounded female.
Straight after the scene a director yells cut which implies it was all a show but does that make it any better? Are the developers treading a very fine line between artistic merit and unacceptable behaviour? Or have they simply gone to the one part of life that shocks everyone to garner headlines and sales. Are they simply profiting from rape?
You can see the scene below, it starts around the 1:15 mark.
Now granted the graphics are extremely simplistic but it’s not hard to see exactly what happens here and she definitely wasn’t willing.
According to Cara Ellison, who was previewing the game, after she’d shot an unnamed enemy the words “Finish Her” appeared on the screen
“I stroll up to finish the job. Instead, the control is taken from me by the game, and my character, the Pig Butcher, pins her down and drops his trousers.”
I don’t know how I feel about this to be honest, it’s a harsh scene and it invokes emotions but is that really a bad thing? It’s not like they are giving you bonus points for rape it’s part of the story and emotional journey we are being sent on. Rape exists and I’ve always felt that avoiding things we don’t like is about as useful as sticking your head in the sand every time someone points out a flaw in your favourite past time.
We need to accept reality and face these issues head on.
But that’s how I feel, what are your feelings on this?