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http://gamepolitics.com/2007/06/20/i...t-2-ban-wagon/

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In the wake of yesterday’s U.K. banning, Manhunt 2 has now become the first game ever to be banned in Ireland, according to a report on Midlands Radio.

The Irish Examiner has more, including a quote from the Irish Film Censor’s Office (IFCO):

IFCO recognises that in certain films, DVDs and video games, strong graphic violence may be a justifiable element within the overall context of the work.

However, in the case of Manhunt 2, IFCO believes that there is no such context and the level of gross, unrelenting and gratuitous violence is unacceptable.
Source: http://gamepolitics.com/2007/06/20/v...be-banned-too/

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An old foe of Rockstar’s Manhunt series has praised the BBFC’s decision to ban the game in the U.K.

Labour MP Keith Vaz, who led a campaign against the original Manhunt in 2003, was clearly pleased by yesterday’s announcement that Manhunt 2 would not be available for sale in the U.K., calling it an “excellent decision.”

According to a report in the Telegraph, Vaz also said that PlayStation 3 shooter Resistance: Fall of Man should be banned as well.

Resistance, of course, has been much in the news of late due to a controversy over its depiction of battle scenes in Manchester Cathedral.
Source: http://gamepolitics.com/2007/06/20/p...2-millions-of/

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So, given Tuesday’s events, what are the chances that we’ll ever see a Manhunt 3?

As for impact on the [Manhunt] franchise, it seems that the violence level is sufficiently offensive to warrant a UK ban and a US AO rating. That can’t be good for the longevity of the franchise.

Despite the rough times, Take Two stock (TTWO) closed slightly higher on Tuesday, finishing at 20.74.

All i say is they suck, we will still get the game, and enjoy every last kill, but in a safe and non psycho way....

Edit: Anyone else realize that all of the major stores sell UNRATED dvds yet a properly rated VG won't be sold?? HOW IN THE HELL DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?? Usually an "Unrated" DVD is an NC-17 movie that was cut down to an R for theaters then recut back to the NC-17 version...

http://ps2.ign.com/articles/797/797727p1.html

Rockstar Replies to the bad press:
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"While we respect the authority of the classification board and will abide by the rules", a spokesperson for Rockstar Games stated, "we emphatically disagree with this particular decision. Manhunt 2 is an entertainment experience for fans of psychological thrillers and horror. The subject matter of this game is in line with other mainstream entertainment choices for adult consumers.

"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. We believe all products should be rated to allow the public to make informed choices about the media and art they wish to consume. The stories in modern video games are as diverse as the stories in books, film and television. The adult consumers who would play this game fully understand that it is fictional interactive entertainment and nothing more."
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I enjoy playing a few shooter? type games and I have BF2, Stalker and a few other games,I'm a poor shot though.
I still don't believe in violence for the sake of violence and on a deeper level think it somehow numbs us to the whole death and humanity thing.

I don't believe games kill people etc etc but like most things having a line in the sand is important.

Who decides where that line is ? I can't decide.

Just my opinion.
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Though I don't agree it should be banned, I agree that it should be Adults Only rating. This thing has a ton of violence, and not every game can justify the violence. CS:S and Call of Duty are fine, Bioshock and Dead rising seem a little over the limit.
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The complaints about Resistance: Fall of Man are hilarious as far as I'm concerned. I mean come on, it's a fictitious story! I can see why people would be against the Manhunt series, but not Resistance; that's plain silly.
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Is it me, or does this just make people want to buy the game more. People in the UK and Ireland will still get the game. They'll find people willing to ship over seas, they'll find 3rd parties wishing to sell for huge markups, they'll find people pirating the game.

i mean... Come on! the only thing this does is make parents aware of the game so the kids have to sneak around with it.
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Though I don't agree it should be banned, I agree that it should be Adults Only rating. This thing has a ton of violence, and not every game can justify the violence. CS:S and Call of Duty are fine, Bioshock and Dead rising seem a little over the limit.
Well honestly most if not all shooters should be AO rated. Kids/teens shouldn't be playing them, but then again they drive a nice chunk of sales so of course they won't stop....My gf's 12 yr old brother loves playing Saints Row, Dead Rising and basically anything with guns. I wanna smack some sense into him because he gets angry if the game doesn't goes his way, or sometimes even if you just say hello while he is playing. He is addicted and doesn't deserve any of the games he gets. He recently punched a kid in school for no reason(goes to a private christian academy). Also he has started to listen to rap music nonstop on his ipod....He is going down the wrong path and i hate it, but his mother fully supports buying whatever he wants no matter what the game box says. I for one think she is a terrible mother and i tell it to my gf all the time. I know once i have kids they won't be playing anything that isn't rated for them or that i feel isn't for them, nor watching or listening to movies/music not for them...


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Is it me, or does this just make people want to buy the game more. People in the UK and Ireland will still get the game. They'll find people willing to ship over seas, they'll find 3rd parties wishing to sell for huge markups, they'll find people pirating the game.

i mean... Come on! the only thing this does is make parents aware of the game so the kids have to sneak around with it.
Yeah but unless you have a capable system that plays other region's games, it would be pointless to order from overseas.....
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Looking good to me. There is such thing as a game and then such thing as Meat headed thug society/Culture....Manhunt is the latter.

If there are to be AO games make them decent Take2. Ive played lots of violent games..However Manhunt portrays them in a way thats over the edge IMO. As I say its my Opinion.
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Is the game really THAT bad?? I saw a few screenshots but they werent anything bad. One was of a guy laying in a pool of blood, presumably dead.
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Well honestly most if not all shooters should be AO rated. Kids/teens shouldn't be playing them, but then again they drive a nice chunk of sales so of course they won't stop....My gf's 12 yr old brother loves playing Saints Row, Dead Rising and basically anything with guns. I wanna smack some sense into him because he gets angry if the game doesn't goes his way, or sometimes even if you just say hello while he is playing. He is addicted and doesn't deserve any of the games he gets. He recently punched a kid in school for no reason(goes to a private christian academy). Also he has started to listen to rap music nonstop on his ipod....He is going down the wrong path and i hate it, but his mother fully supports buying whatever he wants no matter what the game box says. I for one think she is a terrible mother and i tell it to my gf all the time. I know once i have kids they won't be playing anything that isn't rated for them or that i feel isn't for them, nor watching or listening to movies/music not for them...




Yeah but unless you have a capable system that plays other region's games, it would be pointless to order from overseas.....
I don't think most people buy videogames for the violence.

If all shooters should be rated AO, then why not WW documentaries?
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Is the game really THAT bad?? I saw a few screenshots but they werent anything bad. One was of a guy laying in a pool of blood, presumably dead.
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In Manhunt 2, players can saw their enemies’ skulls in half; mutilate them with an axe; castrate them with a pair of pliers; and kill them by bashing their heads into an electrical box, where it is blown apart by a power surge. On Wii, players will not merely punch buttons or wield a joy stick, but will actually act out this violence…
From this site.
this game is going to rock.
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