The Premise: Loads of soft-porn types are having a slumber party in a creepy old house. The goal is to stop vampires from killing them.
So what we have here is a plot that has been done to death by hundreds of B-movies before it but since it was technically a video game it was dragged around town by legal types and politicians. Well all’s in order then.
What makes it even worse is that the game was almost entirely delivered in filmed segments. Now considered a classic of the FMV genre, Night Trap on release was denounced by many as too explicit for release and on December 9 1993 was discussed in the joint Senate Judiciary and Government Affairs Committee hearing on video game violence.
Covered heavily by the media the hearing were co-chaired by Joseph “stupid reactionary non-gamer” Lieberman and Herbert H (for h-ignorant) Kohl. Soon enough the two were sitting atop their high horse of judgement citing Night Trap as “shameful” (that catch-all term of middle-class, middle-income indignation), “ultra-violent” (ok so only a bit violent – like in thousands of not banned, not controversial films), “sick” (maybe the two had eaten too much chocolate that morning or maybe it was the prospect of all the humble pie they should be eating), “disgusting” (see previous) and all for encouraging “an effort to trap and kill women” (patently untrue ffs).
The game contains no nudity and no extreme acts of violence and was really just a bit of an immature effort cultivated with the B-movie aesthetic in mind. Nevertheless it was removed from the shelves of several chain stores and received coverage in USA Today, The Washington Post and The New York Times which goes to show that if you kick up enough of a fuss idiots will censor your product so that other idiots don’t kick up more of a fuss. A bit too much fuss I think you’ll agree.