We’re pretty tired of this BS
Words by Anna Clarke
A controversial new video game called Super Seducer has been pulled by SONY after it sparked outrage online with its masterclass in the sleazy art of pickup.
Created by Richard La Ruina, a notorious self-proclaimed ‘love coach’ who was once called ‘a dick’ by Piers Morgan after appearing on ITV’s Good Morning Britain. Surely that says a whole lot, right?
The ‘live-action seduction simulator’ includes a series of vignettes which appear to feature La Ruina schooling men in how best to woo women. The gamer is given a number of scenario options to play out, many of which are uber creepy and look a whole lot like sexual harassment.
According to its description on online gaming retailer Steam: ‘It puts you in everyday scenarios (a coffee shop, the office, a bar) and lets you do practically whatever you want, to see how it plays out with beautiful women.’
Super Seducer, which was due for full release on PlayStation 4 on 6th March 2018, ironically just a few days before International Women’s Day, now ‘will not be made available’ according to SONY.
Crowdfunding site Kickstarter has also already suspended the title’s campaign for breaking their ‘no seduction manuals’ rule.
However, Super Seducer is still available for Windows PC and Mac through the major retailer Steam. And so far they refuse to halt sales, despite an online petition launched by UK-based feminist group Level Up calling for its removal.
The game is certainly a worrying new development from an industry where women are already routinely characterised in sexist and derogatory roles. Verge called it ‘the last game we need in the #MeToo era’ and we have to completely agree.
Reaction on social media has been one of outrage, with the game already garnering a lot of angry responses on Twitter.
However, one Steam user helpfully suggested: ‘Every woman should buy this game!’
‘No seriously, you should. Get it, play it, and if you ever .. EVER met a guy who does ANY of these things, run like hell. It’s a very useful guide in that respect.’