During the premiere of the show the NASL many a crass joke was made, as was expected, and the term rape was used to indicate how well one player was competing against another. This last point set the forums ablaze, with debates on the true meaning of word, the relevance of the show to the NASL on the whole and a great deal of counter-reaction to those who felt shock. It went so far that LagTV even felt compelled to issue an apology concerning the episode, and has buried it entirely.
Destiny, with his own tendency to roll out the vulgarities, has generally been used as the model for "offensive" humor, and has been outspoken in disassociating the use of the word "rape" in a game with the act of forcing sex with an unwilling partner.
For those who find the word offensive, they site the horror of the experience and the number of rape survivors who have yet to experience any sort of justice in relation to their case.
I feel compelled to share my own opinion on the matter, in blog format no less, and here it is.
Rape is not only the most appropriate word to use in gaming situations, it's the ONLY one, and should be used more often.
What the mother-fuck, let's get serious people. Moving your marines in a skilled fashion, using your keyboard and mouse to their utmost mechanical limits to gain an advantage over your enemy in a science fiction themed video game is so similar to actual, real, "happens every day to someone" rape that I can't believe people don't see the connection. OBVIOUSLY when you've brought out hellions to kill a person's workers the first thing you should be recalling is a veiny, hairy phallus penetrating deep into someone's orifices forcefully.
As a Protoss, when you blink or warp units into someone's base sneakily and take out a key tech structure and retreat with minimal or even no losses, don't you also imagine sneaking through the second story window of your neighbor's house, tying him and his wife up and having your frightful, terrifying way with their faces, torsos and feet? Hell, you got time since you cut the phone line, go for the shoulder blades! Just make sure you mask your voice so you can have breakfast with the after Sunday mass next week!
And as Zerg... are you fucking kidding me, have you SEEN the nydus worm?
Look at this shit!
It's like Blizzard WANTS you to buy a pair of leather gloves and a bottle of chloroform. Hell, Heart of the Swarm is going to include ten hits of Rohypnol:
And have you ever SEEN a spine crawler attack a spore crawler? Did the spore crawler consent to that? CAN a spore crawler consent? Is it really rape if they have no way of communicating that to you? If not, where does that put donkeys in the continuum of rape?
[Insert hilarious video of above mentioned act... the spore/spine thing not donkeys]
As we can plainly see, rape is an incredibly appropriate term to use in gaming to indicate domination, and especially so with Starcraft 2. As many have mentioned, it's the intention and context of a word that matters, and we all know that beating a 16-20 year old male in a strategy video game is extremely similar to forcing your dick into someone's anus, varied and multicolored fluids (and semi-solids!) dripping out the back as tears flow out the front.
Because you're playing a guy
I really hope this post has enlightened the reader, and that you come away from it with this:
Using rape in a video game context is not completely fucking ridiculous and there's not a reason in the world why people might be justifiably offended by it.