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Friday, 22 June 2007

Manhunt 2 Video Game Banned In The UK

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Manhunt 2, the sequel to the violent video game "Manhunt",
has been banned from being sold in the UK. It is now illegal to supply the "stalk and slay" style game anywhere in the UK.
The last game to be refused classification from the censors
board was "Carmageddon" back in 1997. Which was later overturned after appeal. Rockstar games will have 6 weeks
to appeal their case on Manhunt 2, also hoping for an overturn.
The heart of the controversy seems to come from the version available on the Wii, due to the consoles interactivity with the game through the numchuck controllers. It is felt that the game is pure and simply practice for serial killers!

On the other end of the argument however, Parents of a schoolboy from Leicester who was murdered at 14 years old, blamed the original Manhunt video game for their sons murder. They are delighted that the game has been banned. They believed that their sons killer had become obsessed with the game.

All i can say is that, whatever way is right or wrong, Should it be released? Shouldn't it be released? All us sane people are missing out on a really good game. The game is an 18 and is designed for adults. If young kids are being allowed to play these games then i blame it on the parents. Keep control of your children.
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aplusj said...

Banning a video game will never reduce murders. As unfortunate as it was for those parents to lose their 14 year old son, games aren't to blame. A game can't tell a person to murder. Games can teach a person how to learn English, like the DS is currently doing in Japan, but it can't tell kids to go up to their parents and verbally assault them in English. Games don't control people.

I haven't played the game, but I seriously doubt that in the game it tells the player to stop playing and to go out and start killing people in the real world.

Anonymous said...

wow that makes me wanna play the game even more, i loved carmageddon, i love grand theft auto, and i also have a interest in serial killers... off to bit torrent....

brandnew said...

Yeah i agree Aplus, i dont think its possible for Video Games to turn people into brutal slayers. And even if they do, that kid was supposed to be too young to be playing the game in the first place.