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Banned in Britain
Upcoming video game ‘Manhunt 2’ also raising concerns in the United States

BY MATT SLAGLE The Associated Press

   An upcoming video game from the maker of the “Grand Theft Auto” series came under fire Tuesday in the United States and Britain, where the government’s ratings board banned sales for what it called an “unremitting bleakness and callousness of tone.”
   Rockstar Games’ “Manhunt 2” was scheduled for a July 10 release on Nintendo Co.’s Wii and Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 2 consoles.
   Players of “Manhunt 2” assume the role of an escaped mental institution patient who goes on a killing spree as he fights his way to freedom.
   It includes special death moves players can perform by moving the Wii’s wireless, motion-sensitive controller at just the right moment.
   The British Board of Film Classification last banned a game in 1997, when it barred the sale of “Carmageddon,” in which players rack up points by driving vehicles over pedestrians.
   In a statement, BBFC director David Cooke said the board was unable to approve the game because it was “distinguishable from recent high-end video games by its unremitting bleakness and callousness of tone in an overall game context which constantly encourages visceral killing with exceptionally little alleviation or distancing.”
   Rockstar spokesman Rodney Walker said “Manhunt 2” was meant to be a horror game, something akin to gory films like “Saw.”
   He called the BBFC’s decision a form of censorship because the public would never get to decide for itself.
   “People think of video games as a kids’ medium but the fans are so diverse and the games are diverse,” he said. “When you ban a game, you’re putting a limit on what sort of creative choices people can make.”
   But Cooke insisted that the game would “involve a range of unjustifiable harm risks to both adults and minors.”
   Rockstar and its parent company, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., have six weeks to appeal. Rockstar said it will decide over the next few days whether to do so.
   In the United States, meanwhile, a national coalition of educators and child advocacy groups sent a letter to the video game industry’s self-governed ratings board on Tuesday hoping to slap “Manhunt 2” with the strictest rating possible.
   The Entertainment Software Rating Board won’t say what it was recommending, though Walker said Rockstar already has been told the board was recommending an “Adults Only” rating, meaning the game is suitable only for players 18 years old and older.
   Walker said the company was considering an appeal for a “Mature” rating — for 17 and older.
   In a letter to ESRB President Patricia Vance, the Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood urged the stricter, “AO” rating.
   No one at the group has seen or played the game, though.
   Campaign spokesman Josh Golin said the view was based on comments from a video game critic and various studies on video games and violence.
   “If ever there was a time for the ESRB’s strongest and most unambiguous rating, it is now,” wrote Susan Linn, co-founder of the CCFC.
   “An adults-only rating is the only way to limit children’s exposure to this unique combination of horrific violence and interactivity,” she wrote.
   The group said the Wii version was particularly troublesome because players would be able to act out the violence with the console’s controller.
   “It is reasonable to expect that being able to go through the motions of violence while playing Manhunt 2 will exacerbate its negative effects,” the letter said. “Given what is already known about the impact of violent games played on standard game controllers, it is irresponsible to make this game available to children and teens on a potentially more dangerous platform.”
   In a statement, Vance said although it appreciated the CCFC’s concerns, the ESRB had already proposed a rating for “Manhunt 2.”
   Defending the less-restrictive “M” rating, Walker said people shouldn’t treat video games like toys.
   “Video games are a very sophisticated medium,” Walker said. “Ratings systems and classifications boards have to adapt to the audience and the audience has already voted.
   “We keep having the same arguments over and over again,” he continued.
   “Manhunt 2” maker Rockstar and Take-Two have long been at the center of the debate over video game violence and children.
   Rockstar was embroiled in another ratings controversy two years ago, after a hacker uncovered a hidden sex scene in “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.”

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This image shows a scene from “Manhunt 2.” The game came under fire Tuesday in United States and Britain, where the government’s ratings board banned sales of the game for what it called an “unremitting bleakness and callousness of tone.”

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These types of videos should be banned completely. Years ago these video games were ment to be fun and entertaining. I remember Asteroids and at that time it was just a fun game of skill. Back then they even promoted these types of videos as good for your hand-eye coordination. Asteroids were just rocks falling down a screen. These new videos are actually killing human beings. I don't think that is good today. I think that it promotes violence.
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After a while the kids playing those new life like games of killing people lose their sense of reality and have trouble telling the difference between real and game.
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BRILLIANT!!!! But the poor kids cant learn what real war is and what happens.....what the hell is wrong with us......

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“People think of video games as a kids’ medium but the fans are so diverse and the games are diverse,” he said. “When you ban a game, you’re putting a limit on what sort of creative choices people can make.”


Oh here it is.....SHOW ME THE $$ TRAIL.....shortsighted dork......You can take the man/woman out of the violence but you cant take the violence out of man/woman......their definition would be "creative choices"-----must have been a poor english class or---- advertising/polical campaigning class101.......


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Kids playing these violent video games, DO beome their reality...However without ever knowing what the consequences are for this type of behavior in 'real life'. But people, it's all economics. If there is a buck to be made out there, the businesses will go for it and they don't care a hoot about the kids! They recommend putting a 'strong rating' on it. Like that will stop the kids! PALLLEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZ!


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The Brits are worried about a violent video game having an ill effect on their society, yet they allow Muslims to march in their streets chanting death to Americans, and death to the British, as muslim cleric's preach hatred toward the infidel....I think religous groups who indoctinate their followers to hate the non-believers, to the point of blowing themselves up to kill you, is a bit more dangerous than a violent role play video game.  At least ya know what you're getting when you buy a violent video game.  Unlike the violent messages cloaked in religous teaching.


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I have to disagree. Real life violence on TV IS real and frightening for adults and children alike. But promoting violence, clearly directed at the younger group, under the name of Nintendo, is entirely not the same. It is humorus to think that when 911 happened, physicologists suggested not having the younger group watch it on TV as it would be too disturbing for them. And yet we promote the same crap to this so called younger group under the name of Nintendo Video GAME!




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