Should This Tentacle Porn Project Have Been Kickstopped?

This isn't a Kickstarter post. This is a post about Tentacle Bento, the card game that allows players to "assume the role of tentacle monsters disguised as buxom students at an all-girl's school in Japan".

The object of the game: to befriend as many popular teen girls as possible, and to "get your slimy tentacles on as many of the students as you can before time runs out".

It had been a Kickstarter project that raised more than twice its target sum of $US13,000 in just one week — that is, until it was abruptly canned by the crowdsourced funding platform late last night.

To be fair, it could be argued that the game violates Kickstarter's policy against "pornographic material". Another argument, though, would be that Tentacle Bento is a set of illustrated playing cards meant as porn parody, not full blown (heh...) smut.

Honestly, I'm not sure whether I agree with Kickstarter's choice to pull the project. Obscenity charges and first amendment violations are already freighted subjects; receiving crowdsourced support on a web-based platform only complicates the issue.

Let's open this up to the court of public opinion. Do you agree with Kickstarter's choice to remove it? Do you not? Why? See you in the comments... [DailyDot via BetaBeat]


Comments

    I always had an issue with the more pedo aspects of this type ofporn more than it being porn

    If it's against the policies of the site, they have every right to remove it. So they probably thought through their options: leave it up or take it down. Leave it up, and soon enough Giz will have an article about Kickstarter "supporting porn" and how outraged some people are; take it down, and soon enough Giz will have an article about Kickstarter using their judgment to take down content that they suspect breaches their policies.

    Which would be better for Kickstarter? I think they made the right choice - maybe they could have a spin-off "adult" kickstarter site for those interested in porn.

      Oh get off your high-horse, watch the vid so you'll know what you're talking about. There's no porn or even erotica in the game. It doesn't go against the Kickstarter rules at all.
      Like you, whoever kicked it out didn't bother to find out about it before they took action.

    I don't really see the reason Kickstarter considered this worthy of exile. It may have been used as an attack against their website by people with narrow worldviews and/or shallow understandings of the project itself, but I don't see this project as causing directly or indirectly (by encouragement etc) any anti-social behaviour.

    This is a crime against humanity. The world needs projects like this.

    Good vid, they shouldn't have canned it. The game sounds cool and it's not pornographic at all.

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