It makes you look disgusting and ignorant. Whenever I hear someone use the term as casual slang, like “Sony is really raping their Japanese customers” it informs me that the person speaking is irrelevant and I no longer care what they have to say.
I’m a 28 year old male who has been gaming my entire life. I’ve done and said stupid things before, but I have NEVER been okay with that word being used in that way, especially today when American politicians are tripping over themselves trying to further trivialize it as much as they can.
I am at work listening to a gaming podcast that was recommended to me (8-4 Play, a podcast about Japanese games) and the host threw the term around three or four times in the span of five minutes. Ugh. I can’t stand it. This is a “professional” podcast, why can’t you conduct yourself in a professional way?
It drives me nuts that so many gamers work so hard to prove the negative stereotypes about our subculture wrong and then people so carelessly toss our hard work aside. You’re not only representing yourself on this podcast; you have lots of seasoned industry vets with you. You’re also representing them and you’re making the entire group look bad, and your thoughtless choice of words has ensured that I will never listen to you again.
Rape is a serious, traumatizing act that scars someone for life. Sony charging higher prices for video games in Japan is NOT the same thing. For fuck’s sake, THINK for TWO SECONDS before you say something.