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Sony Cancels Summer Lesson Showing at TGS 2014

In early September 2014 Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) revealed that a new demo experience for its Project Morpheus virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4 named Summer Lesson. Announced at the company’s pre-Tokyo Game Show (TGS) 2014 press conference, the demo was developed by Katsuhiro Harada of Tekken fame and was set in the dorm room of a young Japanese school girl, whom players could interact with. The demo was originally meant to be on display at TGS itself this week from 18th – 21st September, but SCE has recently confirmed that will no longer be the case.

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The company announced that it would not be showing Summer Lesson anymore via its TGS 2014 website. It reasoned that it might not be able to cope with demand for the demo at the its show floor booth, although Project Morpheus itself will will be shown. Summer Lesson has come under fire since its reveal with claims of sexism, as players could seemingly take the chance to glare at the school girl as she was placed in provocative positions. SCE didn’t reference these complaints in its cancellation announcement.

SCE did however state that is was looking into revealing Summer Lesson at another time and venue, though didn’t confirm any dates or further details for now. VRFocus will continue to follow Summer Lesson’s progress, reporting back with any updates on its future.

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  1. How can you be sexist against a video game chacter??! She is not real. Why not focus on the real problems? Every day a henchman is shot. Please donate today to prevent violence against videogame characters. You can help save a videogame life (although they have several extras).

    Finding the opposite gender attractive is not “sexism”. Cultural Marxists and bitter cat ladies try to stick that term on everything they don’t like, because a guilt complex on you benefits them.

    There are male models and female models. Even if that poor Cindy Crawford is “objectified”, it’s consensual… The problem is this poor character can’t sign a contract, because she’d have to be real for that (T_T)

    These people are the new Jack Thompsons of videogames. They want to enforce their censorship by making it seem like they are the majority opinion, because they control the gaming press, even though this game is probably intended for a different country (Japan).

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