Today in the "Oh God, Why" section of game news, we have reports of an upstanding individual who made a game about filming bodies in Japan's Aokigahara Forest, an area known for its high suicide rate.
The game, titled "The Suicide Forest," is clearly meant to poke "fun" at YouTuber Logan Paul. Paul kicked off the new year by visiting the infamous forest and filming a dead body he found there. The backlash was severe, and YouTube eventually suspended the vlogger. Suicide Forest was briefly available through the Xbox Live Creators Collection but was pulled when the community manager for Traveller's Tales found the game and Tweeted Microsoft to ask, "what the hell?"
Is this a joke? Just decided to check out the Creators Collection on the Xbox Marketplace and found a free, PEGI 3 rated game based on Logan Paul’s trip to Aokighara Forest... pic.twitter.com/i5XIW7OLvn(@Bearskopff) January 30, 2018
"Playing as vlogger, you are going to explore the Aokigahara forest searching for bodies in order to get millions of views for your channel," stated the (now-deleted) game description. "The forest is full of dangers, so you gotta be careful, otherwise, you may become one of the bodies you came to film."
"This content violates our Store policies and we're in the process of removing it," a company spokesperson told Eurogamer. "Users can report inappropriate content on the game product page or by sending a report directly to firstname.lastname@example.org."
The Xbox Live Creators Collection includes games that are distributed with minimal gatekeeping on Microsoft's end. As we've learned today, though, Microsoft will pull garbage games with garbage objectives.