So what is Katawa Shoujo
really, and how is it not intended for children? For starters, it�s a story of love and friendship centered around the daily lives of the physically disabled. It�s a heartwarming reminder that underneath it all they�re still human beings with aspirations, talents, emotions, and troubles beyond that of their disability. The characters are well-written and relatable. The purpose is to tell an endearing story, not to provide some "wank material." In a way, Katawa Shoujo
is much like the stories we were told as children that served as moral compasses.
Then again, we are a society of questionable moral scales. If a piece of entertainment depicts highly disturbing violence, the ensuing ruckus is a different beast entirely than the ruckus surrounding entertainment containing sexual content. Why are gamers far more willing to accept Grand Theft Auto
? I think we can all agree theft, assault, drug trafficking, bank robbery, and murder are far worse than two consenting lovers expressing their feelings for each other. Yet Katawa Shoujo
is shoved to the outskirts of our culture, while the likes of GTA
is embraced with open arms and put upon a pedestal. A pedestal made of one billion dollars.
Don�t confuse what I say though. By no means am I bashing GTA
and claiming it�s harmful to the human psyche, or whatever the media is yammering on about these days. All I am doing is questioning your position on the matter. It�s a healthy and socially productive thing to question one�s stance.
Ask yourself: what makes GTA
so much more socially acceptable to play than Katawa Shoujo
? Hell, maybe you could even play Katawa Shoujo
for yourself before casting judgment. And good news! Even if, after giving the game a go, you are bothered by the adult content, you can turn it off. When you�ve done that, I kindly ask you to return to the matter. I suspect you will do so with different views, but either way, I want to hear them.
It frustrates the ever-living hell out of me when I see such a subject arise and people are so willing to bash a game before truly understanding it. There is already enough ignorance-fueled hatred floating about in our world. Rather than add to the problem, let�s educate one another on matters we may not fully comprehend. It's just one more good bit in an effort to better not only ourselves, but our world.
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