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I wouldn't have predicted this, but my Phantasmagoria review page has already resulted
in two emails asking me this question. Apparently the story that there was rape in this computer game made it into the mainstream media somewhere and there are a lot
of people out there wondering if it's true or not.
So, okay, first the straightforward answer: There certainly is an abusive sex scene in Phantasmagoria, between the main character and her husband. It's one of the cutscenes, not something the player had any control over. The scene wasn't graphic thanks to the camera angle, but it's quite obvious the couple are having sex. Adrienne (the main character) seemed receptive at first, but then her husband, Don, got rough with her and she started crying "Stop, you're hurting me." He didn't stop; laughed at her, as I recall, and left her crying on the bathroom floor afterwards. An unpleasant scene, in other words. Was it rape? I didn't think so at the time--I never got the impression that she didn't want to have sex with Don, just that she didn't want him to be abusive during sex. A semantic point, no doubt, but important to the plot: if Adrienne wasn't genuinely in love with Don, there'd be no reason for her to stick around trying to save his soul. She wants to be his wife, she just doesn't want him, you know, turning insane and evil. Which he's in the process of doing. It is a horror flick, after all.
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