Vampires are now rapists?

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Ergh the over sexualisation of male characters in video games is getting ridiculous

It’s amazing how different people see the same experience entirely differently. At a recent press event in America for Castlevania Lord of Shadows 2, which we weren’t invited to.. tsk, a scene was showcased where you play as a withered Dracula who desperately needs to feed and the first people he comes across are a family of three.

Jason Sodano, a YouTube partner, had the following to say about the scene on twitter

But not all journalists saw it as dark, in fact Kat Bailey from USGamer seems to have taken a wrong turn somewhere and viewed an entirely different version of events.

According to Kat

“which a withered Dracula stumbled toward a family with his arms outstretched, the camera abruptly switching to a first-person perspective. He kills the father outright, then grabs the mother and sinks his fangs into her neck, draining her life energy to restore his. 

Sexualized imagery is nothing new in vampire fiction, but this scene is kind of stunning for how blatant it is with its allusions to rape. It’s a scene that forcibly reminds me of the boxart from RapeLay, down to the woman protecting her child and the disembodied arms (your arms) reaching out from the camera. Regardless of the intentions in constructing the scene, the imagery is ghastly. “

Yes you read that correctly. Kat feels that Dracula feeding on a human us akin to rape and has now labelled this game in the same vein as RapeLay where the game was about raping people.

Not fulfilled with this obscene statement she goes on to state

“So while I applaud Cox and his team for their desire to take on challenging material, I really hope they cut the Family Scene before Lords of Shadow 2 launches next month. In the end, it’s a scene that serves to trivialize sexual assault while failing to accomplish its attended goal — making us feel like Dracula is awful and evil.”

The only reason the scene doesn’t work for Kat is because it really has nothing to do with sexual assault. Yes sex has always been a large part of vampire lore but so has the fact that most vampires are portrayed as bisexual.

However this can all actually be ignored as other journalists at the same event along with the developers have come out and stated that Dracula actually feeds of each of the family members not only the woman.

Kat Bailey has definitely done herself and the developers a disservice by taking her preconceived notions into a preview and spinning something central to the idea of the true Dracula into something entirely unrelated.

I’m not a fan of the Castlevania series but this new video preview along with the dark scene above definitely has me interested in seeing what the game is all about when it gets released next month.

Last Updated: January 14, 2014

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • Hammersteyn

    People like Kat (and not just women) are attention seekers at best. The whole video game encourages rape and murder is so over done that nobody really cares or listens. Now if Kat was here in my office……
    http://d24w6bsrhbeh9d.cloudfront.net/photo/a9dyrX0_460sa.gif

    • Tauriq Moosa

      If Kat was in there in your office, you’d threaten her with violence?

      • Hammersteyn

        No it’s meant to be satirical.

        • Tauriq Moosa

          Sure: but you understand that intention isn’t magic. If someone said this about me, I wouldn’t care that it’s satirical: I’d be afraid of meeting you.

          We don’t get to decide how others respond just because we have declared a sentence, image, etc. a joke – especially in environment where women are targeted much more than men. (As I say, I wouldn’t like this even aimed at me.)

          • Hammersteyn

            My apologies then. I have a certain sense of humour that not everyone gets.

          • Tauriq Moosa

            No need to apologise to me, good sir! I’m only asking that you hopefully recognise why jokes aimed at targeting women – especially with violence – might be a bad idea. I’d be extremely happy if you did! (You’re kind to apologise, though 🙂

          • Skyblue

            And the last time someone threatened you with a chainsaw wielding leopard was? Seriously bud, you need to lighten the fuck up.

          • RinceThis2014

            That’s cus you’re a pr*ck *RUNS 😉

          • Tauriq Moosa

            YOUR A DIK

          • RinceThis2014

            Ur face makes the world sad! (My comment is also an in joke, I wouldn’t call someone a pr*ck over the internet, only to their face!)

          • Hammersteyn

            Hehe, I will find you one day 😉

          • RinceThis2014

            HAHAHA! 😉 If you are ever in CT man let me know and the local LG posse will ASSEMBLE!

          • Hammersteyn

            Will do.

  • Sageville

    The funny thing is there is no rape scene here, just what Kat imagines happened (which contradicts what was shown). Sadly I think if you constantly analyze games specifically in order to highlight bigotry of some sort, you WILL find some, whether it’s there or not. Thats just how fantastical our brains are.

    You know like people wanting to find extra significance in the bible that then come up with the bible code….

    • Hammersteyn

      I don’t think she even knows what a vampire is. Like even the basic definition.

      • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

        Fangs = penis? Would this have been different if Dracula had been… female? Would it still have been akin to rape?

        My head hurts.

        • Hammersteyn

          What if Dracula was a female in Bangkok?

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            Head. Exploded.

          • Sageville

            I’ll raise you…. “What if Dracula was a She-male in Bangkok?”

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            O.O

            Dracula the lady boy? What. The. Great. Infernal. Hell. Is. This. Place?

          • Sageville

            Yup, we went there….. of course we are now stuck here…. help!

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            In the words of the wise and majestic Eric Cartman: “Screw you guys… I’m going home.”

          • TiMsTeR1033

            once you go too far you are only left with bad images of bangkok and ladyboys sucking away… dear lord that is a bad image!

          • Hammersteyn

            That’s why I said Bangkok and not Romania. Because you’re more likely to get a surprise from you female friend in Bangkok. 😉

  • Gideon Venter

    People look for causes to champion. And invent them when they find none.

    • Hammersteyn

      LOL champion? Me thinks auto correct has done thee a disservice

      • Gideon Venter

        Surely she champions the anti-rape cause? Am I saying it wrong? Um…

        • Hammersteyn

          Ive never heard of people looking for causes to champion. Maybe my english took an arrow to the knee.

        • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

          Don’t we all “champion the anti-rape cause”?
          Anyway. I think you’re saying it fine. It’s not a very common expression in South Africa though, to champion a cause.

          • Gideon Venter

            Of course we do, Great Panda, but we hurt the cause when we cry wolf, like she has done.

            I was not aware the phrase isn’t really used locally. Hmmm.

  • Brenz

    meh, its always the ugly ones that get all feminist and sensitive liberal about stupid shit.
    looking for attention as they never had it.

    • Tauriq Moosa

      Always? “All feminist”? What does that mean? Plenty of feminists and “sensitive liberals” who don’t share her view, so I’m not sure what you mean.

      Ugly according to whom? She can be all these things and still be right. Calling her ugly doesn’t tell anyone why she’s wrong. That’s not how arguments work. Interesting that you know she’s “looking for attention”.

      • Brenz

        there there, im sure she will notice you one day your fantasy crush can become a reality.

        • Tauriq Moosa

          Great response.

    • Gareth L (That Guy)

      Shouldn’t you be on Gamespot or something? She’s clueless and an idiot, but where does “feminist” come from? Because she’s a woman?

      Let me guess, women shouldn’t review games – ever – because, y’know, feminism might happen.

      • Weanerdog

        No he is assuming that because she is “ugly” she has to be a feminist.

      • Brenz

        stop being sexist, woman can do anything a man can do if they so desire.
        but if they are going to behave in a way that deserves ridicule then that is what they will get, same as if a man behaves in that way, equal opportunities and insults for all.
        step out of the dark ages, bloody templar

        • Tauriq Moosa

          Actually, she didn’t “behave in a way that deserves ridicule” according to some of us. She didn’t “behave” – she wrote an opinion. Even if she did “behave” like a bad woman, what is achieved by calling her ugly? Even if she is, so what? Do you think your pop-psych analysis is penetrative enough to silence her from “behaving” in future?

          If you’re unable to say why she’s wrong, I’m uncertain what contribution you’re hoping to make aside from insult a harmless women – which is definitely what we need more of.

          • Brenz

            phew, such a drama queen.
            getting upset over a little name calling,deepest apologies if i offended your sensitive disposition, i hope you satisfied your need to stand up for the weak (and ugly).
            Run along now, theres plenty other websites to go bore.

          • Tauriq Moosa

            Still not offering an argument but instead name-calling? OK then.

  • TiMsTeR1033

    Was the first one any good? looking to get it perhaps.

    • Hammersteyn

      Do it.

    • Umar digs KOS-MOS

      Flippen good time

      • TiMsTeR1033

        Seeing as you like these kinds of games umar. Do I need to play any other castlevania games to know story of this? My wife enjoyed Castlevania (dont remember name) on ps2 and said was awesome! so yeah tempted to get into this.

        • Umar digs KOS-MOS

          Nope, it’s an Origins/Reboot story of sorts. So no need 🙂

          • TiMsTeR1033

            YAY!! sweet man!

    • Sageville

      Nah, too rapey

      • TiMsTeR1033

        I like Rapey!

        • Admiral Chief in Vegas

          o_O

      • Hammersteyn

        LOL

  • RockMossel2014

    Hover above the header image! Do it!

  • Umar digs KOS-MOS

    “Lords of Shadow 2 manages to come off as both insensitive and more than a little tone deaf”

    Sigh…He’s a vampire ffs…man or women…It doesn’t matter…….Disgusted by the non-issue ….. Some one is looking for dem clickies

  • Umar digs KOS-MOS

    Didn’t see anyone complaining when Rayne was sucking on men’s neck now did we.

  • cr1t

    Has vampires not always been an allegory for sexual assault? In true blood they are practically date raping everybody?

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I think that’s only a fairly recent interpretation of the whole vampire mythology. Before they were just murderous monsters, then they became the more seductive evil type thing we’re more familiar with now.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Why do I suspect that if the positions were reversed (as per her imaginary viewpoint that no one else saw) & he killed the woman then fed off the man she’d have written a piece complaining about how the woman is just murdered & not fed on like the man.

    • RinceThis2014

      I agree! Oh oh… 0-O

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        It’s only the first time.

        • RinceThis2014

          that’s what she said *runs

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            You’re right. Oh no!

          • RinceThis2014

            “And then, BVVVVVVVVV Only one man stood in his way BVVVVVVVVVVV A man that could end the world BVVVVVVVVV!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            lolllllllll panning shot, slow-mo action, cut to rapid action with pounding music… AND CREDITS.

          • RinceThis2014

            And OVG with his hands over his mouth LOL

          • Admiral Chief in Vegas

            One of these days we are going to hear a story about you two hooking up, and no one will be surprised

          • RinceThis2014

            When you wake up and realise it was a sandwich evening you will be! *RUNS

          • Admiral Chief in Vegas

            Luckily I’m far, far away from you, and attending such evening…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            …but… but we had a threesome last Friday night, we whacked off heads & everything :/

          • TiMsTeR1033

            okay then! time to move on and walk away quickly..

          • Admiral Chief in Vegas

            It was a foursome, multiple times, but on the internet. You guys meet up IN PERSON

            😛

          • TiMsTeR1033

            and played a game, which involved hitting balls into holes!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            There were no holes involved. It was all iron & wood!

          • Admiral Chief in Vegas

            Next time, YOU are taking point, so that you stay away from my backside!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            bwhahahhahaha, does it make it weird that you were playing Nick?

          • Admiral Chief in Vegas

            Lol, point remains, that you take point!

  • RinceThis2014

    You have got to be kidding me? What is wrong with these ‘journos’? Talk about trying to make a name for yourself, well done, you most certainly HAVE.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      Show them the way dude!

      • RinceThis2014

        It makes me sick. Some uninteresting person trying to make a name for themselves by talking utter crap. Urgh.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Would anyone like a perfect example of irony? *run*

          • RinceThis2014

            You get back here!

        • TiMsTeR1033

          It is rather sad.

  • SauRoN

    She must be a fan of that chick that believes all things penetrative are rape.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      maybe she wants a vampire to rape her and she is angry… lol

      • SauRoN

        Yeah fear of missing out.

        • TiMsTeR1033

          indeed, thus to vent her anger make a scene.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Now that’s not very nice thing to say. She may be a moron, but yeah, no. :/

  • Devourer of Small Bunnies

    (Sorry for all the swearing but this shit fucks me off to no degree)

    Holy tap dancing christ you have to be joking? Rape = Power. Vampiric feeding = rape? No man, get a fucking grip on yourself. This hyperactive notion to turn everything into a rape/racist/sexist issue is becoming fucking retarded. not only does it actually dilute the issue games are being compared to, but again the pointy stick is going to be waggled in the face of male gamers. again. Because we are such vile incomprehensible creatures that spew hate and misery across the already burnt and broken land.

    Fuck this person for being so erroneously dimwitted to compare sustenance to an act of relinquishing power. I mean for fuck sake, sexualised imagery does not equal rape. Sex does not equal rape. No part of rape is sexual. For god sake. Please people remember this.

    Fucking septics need to fuck off now. Really.

    • RinceThis2014

      Claps*

    • TiMsTeR1033

      OVG 2 in the making!

      • RinceThis2014

        No way bro, OVG is unique. Thank god he is… Two of them the world would not handle…

        • TiMsTeR1033

          I know, just kidding. He has been rather quiet lately.

          • RinceThis2014

            Work load 🙂

          • oVg

            That’s what she said.

          • RinceThis2014

            AGHHHH!

        • Devourer of Small Bunnies

          @oVg:disqus IS JUST TRYING TO BE LIKE ME DAMMIT. #doyouevenrantbro @timster1033:disqus @RinceThis2014:disqus 😛

          • RinceThis2014

            HAHAHA! I truly hope you are kidding, if he is just trying to be like the level of depravity must be strong with you! 😉 Agree with your rant, love the first image! HAHAHAH

          • TiMsTeR1033

            To make me rant, one must first mention SaintsRow

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            STONE HIM.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I have been stoned many a time in my life 😉

    • oVg

      😛

    • Umar digs KOS-MOS

      To she is of the same sepecies as us

  • Rags

    Modern western feminism. Tis self discrediting.

  • KageBunshin

    “— making us feel like Dracula is awful and evil.” “. well no shit, Dracula isn’t supposed to be a sparkly, love-sick, twit afraid of his own nature. Dracula IS awful and evil, he was originally meant to be a monster hidden amongst men.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      That bit made me giggle too.

  • RedDiomedes

    IS that a Tyranid?

  • Lardus-Resident Perve

    Without seeing the clip in question – the man is a threat to the weakened Dracula. Kill him, suck blood from the other two, suck him dry last. Easy.

  • Sean T

    That is some stretch to link Dracula feeding as the same as Rape. Ok, Dracula kills the man and feeds on the woman when he could really have fed on the man if he was so desperate for blood etc, but the image of Dracula feeding on a woman is party of the imagery of Vampirism

    Saying that, there is no need for the level of Abuse being thrown at Kat. disagree with her by all means, comment on why you disagree, but dont be abusive and crass about her view and living up to the sterotypical internet commenter and instead be more mature about it.

  • CaptainNemo42

    I actually never got round to playing LoS. Think I must make a plan.

  • pindarninja

    Uh, I learned in friggin’ high school that vampires, at least from Bram Stoker on, are highly sexualized and do tend to overlap with sexual assault. This is not remotely news, or even controversial. Also way to imply dishonesty and lack of integrity, when as you point out, different people can have different reactions to the scene. Classy.

    Lazygamer is taking quite seriously its nickname.

    • chip

      You’ll find a lot of the content on Lazygamer consists of Gavin mouthing off at someone he disagrees with, and then all the Lagz bros patting him on the back.

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