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Submitted:Albuquerque Halsey
Date:09/10/14
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infinite zest
I never played Night Trap (the original or censored version) but it wasn't necessarily "violent" like Phantasmagoria (or even MK, funny as that seems now,) was it? It just seemed kind of pulpy. They carry her away kicking and screaming. Nothing about kidnap or murder is funny, but it didn't seem that extreme to me, even back when it came out and there was a fuss about it.
infinite zest
I should've watched the whole video first. Mr. Jonathan Sakura answered my question. But now I have a question for Mr. Sakura, if that is your real name.

blue vein steel
the issue was that it was on a console, which were still considered to be almost totally the domain of kids. Phantasmagoria was a PC series, and pre-internet PC gaming at the time was primarily consumed by 30-50 year old men who could afford a PC, when computers in the home was much less common, and primarily used for work. Mortal Kombat was censored (somewhat) on that generation of consoles, and American mores being what they are, campy sexuality generates much more pearl clutching and cries of "think about the children!" than brutal violence.

Old_Zircon
Also it was part of the first wave of FMV games for home systems, so for the time this was about as realistic as game violence got.

I remember related scare stories about the new "virtual sex" games (that were basically low resolution porn clips on CD-Rom with some kind of simple framing device like clicking on windows to "peep inside" and stuff like that). Those were also going to destroy the youth of America before Doom came along.

blue vein steel
yeah, i remember in middle school in the mid 90s and having a copy of a "mature" gaming mag, Extreme Gaming or something like that, that had an ad for one of those FMV "Porn" PC games, which was seen by a teacher, confiscated and reported to my parents.

infinite zest
Funny thing is, if I remember correctly, the lack of blood in the SNES version of MK1 almost sealed Nintendo's fate in the console wars. I was always a PC gamer kid because my dad would bring home the old office computers and I'd tinker with them. Plus the games were a lot cheaper. I think I got I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream for like 3 bucks in 1996 or so. If it ran like shit I'd just mess around some more, go back and bother Egghead computers for more ram the way some people like to dumpster dive. So that's always my kid gaming experience. Guess I never thought about it that way. No wonder I'm so messed up. My friends fixed stuff by blowing on it or in some cases putting cartridges on top of cartridges.

That guy
I took a class from the sound mixer who worked on Night Trap, so I'm pretty cool, you guys.
Binro the Heretic
While "Night Trap" wasn't all that great a game, I think it got an undeservedly bad rep.

The point of the game was to PREVENT acts of violence against women, a fact universally ignored by all the hand-wringing parents who worried video games were going to corrupt their poor innocent little children.
infinite zest
I think I remember Tomb Raider being lumped in there too. If Laura dies it's because I wasn't doing it right, not because I wanted to see a large breasted woman fall to her doom or look up her skirt. But if it was Mario no big deal. Their attempts actually pushed back the womens' rights movement in an era that needed it the most.

EvilHomer
>> If Laura dies it's because I wasn't doing it right, not because I wanted to see a large breasted woman fall to her doom

Speak for yourself!

fluffy
I lived in Albuquerque when it came out, and I had a friend with a Sega CD and Night Trap.

It wasn't very good.
dairyqueenlatifah
Dana Plato is rolling in her grave. A news report about Night Trap and not one mention of her name.
fluffy
She was cremated.

Sanest Man Alive
200 games, and the trade-in value STILL wasn't enough to cover even a preorder for the next Tomb Raider.
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