Virtual Grooming Simulator 2016

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Those who follow my channel and articles will know that I am pleased to see a virtual entry point for the mass market in the form of the Playstation VR, the launch titles are looking very polished and hopefully the device will live up to expectations, however, one title is, frankly speaking, a cause for concern.

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Grooming Simulator 2016

Set for release on PSVR in Japan on October 13th, Ladies but primarily seedy Gentlemen – I give you… Virtual Grooming Simulator 2016, oh, wait, correction – Summer Lesson: Hikari Miyamoto Seven Days Room.

The reason for my confusion is, well, every single element of the game. The title is exclusive to PlayStation VR – oh dear it seems that Oculus & Vive owning Ephebophiles will have to wait for another misguided studio to release something equally sinister. Surprisingly this title comes from a reputable game development house – Bandai Namco. The game places you in the role of a “tutor”, sitting alone with an ambiguously aged school girl sporting a low cut top, short skirt and – according to the trailer – a flirty and over-familiar nature. Your job as “tutor” is to teach and eventually “bond” with the young girl. So, a grooming simulator, right?

Further down the line, Sony have stated that you will be finding yourself in other “intriguing scenarios”, one can only imagine. It certainly sounds like an opportunity for DLC with a price inversely proportional to the morality of the perverts queuing up to buy it.

Quick reality check, are you booing and hissing or agreeing with me at this point? The reason I ask is that I appear to be a lone voice of reason in a sea of people who are overtly enthusiastic to describe their positive feelings about this idea, see just a few comments trawled from the interwebs below:

“Does PSVR Summer Lesson require both hands on the controller?” – ColdOne666

“… Made Me Feel Like a Creep, and That’s a Good Thing” – Ben Lang

“Waifu simulators will definitely be a thing one way or another.” – Ace

“Is Summer Lessons a romance game?” – Cpt_Steam

Here is a recent trailer:

Some may read this article as reactionary and think that it shouldn’t matter because the character isn’t real. We are talking about a technology that makes you believe it is real, so with this in mind, shouldn’t developers be more responsible. I am not a prude, however, I make no apologies whatsoever for calling this title out as an education in perversion. Virtual reality owners shouldn’t be tarred as sinister and seedy, we already look pretty ridiculous as it is.

Virtual reality is dominated by males 25+ in age. Who do you think are the target audience for this game? What is the purpose of this game? Are you 25+ male who is interested in owning it, why? I am interested (fascinated) to hear your opinions in the comments publically on Twitter (rather than the anonymous trolling) 🙂

Consider this final point; the “sailor fuku” sported by the key character, is a uniform worn by female middle school students, traditionally by high school students, and occasionally by elementary school students. The physical and facial characteristics, environment and objects present in the scene suggest that the middle school age range strongly implied, i.e. age 13 to 15.

by Christopher Gray aka UKRifter
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    First of all, nobody is being harmed by people enjoying this game, and the fact is that the large majority of people find young women attractive. It is perfectly natural. The funny thing is, while you think that people who like this game are perverts, from my perspective the only one here with an obvious sexual problem is you. I mean, what exactly are you trying to defend, or hide from perhaps? Furthermore, the game originates in Japan where they have a different view on sensuality. I wouldn’t say they are more perverted, just more honest. Did you know that they have one of the lowest rates of sexual crime on the planet? If the game was about children it would be a different story; or if it were to center on violence towards the ‘student’ in the game (the West sure seems ok with violence hey? But oh shit, better watch out when you talk about sex and pleasure!), but that isn’t the case. ‘Sexy Schoolgirls’ is a popular trope in Japan and one that has begun to become more and more acceptable in the West. Funny thing is, you are from the UK, which has one of the highest sex crime (violent rape especially) in the world. Curious indeed…

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      The aspect aspect of Japanese culture (ambiguously aged individuals in schoolgirl costumes) is not portible to the west regardless of your protest – which to summarise comprises of a) Britain people being prudish b) U.K. Being rape capital of the world c) I must be a pervert for seeing perversion. I am afraid this doesn’t explain things, it’s just a series of defensive positions which – of course – demonstrate your knowledge that it is wrong. The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny, and it is useless for the innocent to try by reasoning to get justice, when the oppressor intends to be unjust. My criticism is not of Japan, not once did I even hint this, but it is a study of the bleeding together of cultural aspects that are apparently incompatible due to, perhaps, the in ability for individuals in the west to accept it. Should we?

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    I take it you haven’t taken the time to dive deep into the actual target market which is Japan.

    First off. This game will probably never see the light of day in the west. We’re a culture that chose on which topics we want to be open-minded about. I mean, it’s more accepted to see a 8 year old girl be tortured to death in a game than being together with a high-school girl in a game. Well that’s a whole other topic on it’s own that can’t be covered here.

    Second. Have you ever been to Japan and seen the stores which openly sell 18+ stuff? I mean not only is it really accepted and the store is always very populated. The people are also young. Most are single, but I’ve also seen couples in there. Things like this are more accepted there and I assure you that most people who buy these sort of things are normal functional beings.

    Third. Once again you don’t know Japanese culture. I’m a university student and I volunteer to take care of international students. The room in this game is very typical for women even in the age of 20+. Which objects makes you think that the girl is 13-15 years old? I mean I’ve seen girls who have stuffed Pokemon in their room which are in their 20s. Lots of different “cute” colors etc. It’s funny, because for me the facial features makes her look like at least a high school student.

    Fourth. I think your comment reply to “If it feels good…” is hypocritical and pretentious. You’re being sort of a tyrant yourself. Not to mention that the west are the biggest tyrant in the world right now and have pretty much always been. This is a small niche compared to the violent games in the west. Why don’t you fight the violence in games here which is a much bigger market and potential problem? Or what? Do you really have a bigger problem with young adults dating high school girls than kids being butchered for fun in video games?

    In the end I think it has more to do with you being afraid to be associated with this kind of stuff. Otherwise I’m confused and want to know where you come from and why you’re so condescending in the article.

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