Britain bans video game
- June 20, 2007 4:23 PM |
- By Paul Jay
by Paul Jay, CBC News
Well, perhaps "outrage" is overstating things. But British censors have banned it, the first time to country has outlawed a video game since its temporary injunction against 1997's Carmageddon, a game in which players racked up points for driving over pedestrians.
Manhunt 2 follows the escape of an amnesiac scientist and a psychotic killer from an asylum, a story which quickly evolves into a killing spree.
As the Guardian writes:
Manhunt 2, a sequel to the original and controversial game Manhunt, has been condemned by authorities for its "casual sadism" and "unremitting bleakness". The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) rejected the game after finding it "constantly encourages visceral killing."
Rockstar responded to game website GamesRadar, saying they "emphatically disagree with this particular decision."
"We respect those who have different opinions about the horror genre and video games as a whole, but we hope they will also consider the opinions of the adult gamers for whom this product is intended," they said in a statement.
Film censors in Ireland have announced they too will ban the game.
And it appears that while the video game doesn't face a ban in the U.S., parent company Take-Two Interactive told GamePolitics the game would receive an Adults Only rating, a kiss-of-death likely to keep it off the shelves of Wal-Mart and other retailers.
The game is scheduled for a July 10 release on Nintendo Co.'s Wii and Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 2 consoles.
All News blogs
- Universe hates Higgs boson, Chicago Cubs
- By John Bowman, CBCNews. A physicist working on the Large Hadron Collider doesn't think much of the theory that the universe is sabotaging the project to prevent the discovery of the Higgs boson. Might as well say that Nature hates... Continue reading this post
- Large Hadron Collider goes Back to the Future
- By Peter Evans, CBCNews.ca. Two respected physicists have put forward the theory that the Large Hadron Collider's stated aim of finding the Higgs boson might be so abhorrent to nature that mysterious forces are traveling back through time and sabotaging... Continue reading this post
- Multi-touch concept for desktops: 10/GUI
- By John Bowman, CBCNews.ca. I'm a fan of alternative ideas for human-computer interaction, so this video caught my attention. It shows an idea for a ten-finger touchpad interface and associated changes in the way a computer would handle multiple windows.... Continue reading this post