Teenager Severs Arm in Imitation of Video Game
- From: CNN
(This story is still developing)
'Katawa Shoujo' Cutting: A local teenager remains in a critical condition tonight following an attempt to deliberately sever his arms after playing a Japanese-style dating sim.
A community is in shock as last night local student Ryan Dunham convinced a friend to hack off his arms. The 16 year old was inspired by a video game called 'Katawa Shoujo', which translates as 'Deformed Girls'. The game involves the player seducing a group of disabled high school students, one of which lacks arms, and having sex with them. Dunham's parents and schoolmates were understandably shocked by the bizarre incident, his mother saying "I don't know why Ryan decided to throw his life away over a stupid game, the people who make this junk should be ashamed".
Dunham's friend (name withheld by request) used a large woodcutting axe to deliver the blows and intended to sever both arms but panicked and called an ambulance after nearly severing Ryan's right arm. Ryan had knocked himself out by consuming a large quantity of alcohol earlier in the night, but he left a message on his computer explaining the reasons behind his choice and telling his parents that his friend was not to blame. The message was also posted on social networking websites Reddit and 4chan. Several Reddit users tried to raise the alarm and alert authorities but it was too late. Paramedics rushed Dunham to Brantford General Hospital but were unable to re-attach the partially severed arm and were forced to amputate it. A local police spokesperson said they are looking into the incident but does not expect they will file charges.
Katawa Shoujo is a 'visual novel', a new style of video game popular in Japan where a player reads the action instead of plays it. The game has caused quite a splash online after finally being released, it was in development for 5 years. The game was created by a group of amateur game designers and is available to anyone free of charge, regardless of age. This follows the controversy over another visual novel called 'Rapelay' which Taina Bien-Aime, Executive Director of Equality Now, called "An abomination," continuing to say "These type of games have no place in our society, we are working with community leaders and government to stop the spread of toxic games like Disability Girls (Katawa Shoujo)".