After I watched the third episode, the show gave me some thoughts about the acceptance of eroge games in general. Even though Kyousuke’s father was right about the questionable content in eroge and that minors shouldn’t play it, I support Kyousuke’s argument since it’s unfair to shun eroge while accepting violent video games like Halo 3. I believe the double standard in western society is highly hypocritical since they accept violent games while shunning eroge. Regardless of content, both Eroge and Violent Games could become a bad influence on someone for the questionable content it has. I think this double standard exists as a result of the cultural differences between Eastern Asia (in this instance, Japan) and the West. 1
You might be wondering, why eroge and ecchi is so accepted in Japan? Well, there are many cultural differences that allow the acceptance of sexual content such as nudity, panty shots, sex scenes and etc. Unlike the United States, Japan does not have many cases of rape or any other sexual crimes even though they still exist and/or they don’t get so offended over sexual content.
Since most eroge games are visual novels, they are story oriented instead sexual oriented. In addition, some eroge companies sell an all ages version that has no sexual content and therefore safe for a minor to play. However, the perception of the all ages visual novel being immoral does not go away since it is still perceived as an eroge even though it does not contain any sexual content.
In a way, violent video games are the same way like eroge. First Player Shooters like Halo, Gears of War and Grand Theft Auto could badly influence a person depending on their personality and the ability to separate what is virtual and what is reality. These games have the player killing enemies, committing crimes and stealing cars. From the content, it is clear that violent video games are no better than eroges.
It makes me wonder, why the double standard exists? It exists because of the extremist feminists and the highly religious conservative groups (Republicans and the Tea Party). They think that any simulated sexual content would corrupt a person’s mind. Since most of the eroges involves females, the feminists get offended over it since its sexist.
This pretty much brings us back to square one on why I am so angry over the double standard. I do not think its fair to have one medium be shunned while the other being accepted by society. In a way, it feels hypocritical. On top of that, I never hear that many cases about someone committing a sexual crime in Japan as a result of playing an eroge game. On the other hand, you have a teenager killing one of his parents over them over taking away Halo 3 for instance.
It makes me wonder, if violent games causes aggression and the likelihood of someone copycatting what is in the game, why are violent video games not treated the same way as eroge? People do not treat violent games like that since western society treats violent crimes a bit lower than sexual crimes; I just do not think its fair. They should either restrict violent and eroge games or accept both of them. Not one or the other! If they don’t like it, practice self-censorship and do not ruin it for everyone else!
In the end, I have to say that Ore no Imouto realistic approach about Kirino’s love for eroge and being shunned for it was a good thing because it reflects the attitudes towards it. I sympathize with her since people who do not understand eroge are attacking her hobby. I still think that people should be able to watch or play any games or show no matter if it has violence or sexual content and still accept it. The harsh reality is, western society still keeps a double standard when it comes to these games. There is no wonder why Minorigate happened. People are simply prejudged towards Eroge since it is against their beliefs on purity when in reality, it does not harm anyone like violent video games.