Lost to Time: Gaming’s Forgotten Petz Subculture and the Women Who Shaped It

TMS writes: Do you remember Night Trap? It was a nineties Sega CD FMV game in which vampire-esque creatures (unmistakably dudes in black clothes — it was a simpler time) loped around a house murdering teenage girls. Night Trap was considered exceedingly violent. Despite its hilarious B movie aesthetic, it was deemed so problematic that the federal government got involved, inciting one of gaming’s biggest controversies. Eventually, Night Trap would contribute to the creation of the ESRB rating system. Here’s something truly surprising, though — Night Trap would also directly inspire the development of a virtual pet PC game – a game that would catalyze the creation of a huge web community, a thriving video game subculture populated mostly by women.

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