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The Idiocy of the Media (Or Why I Gave up Pursuing a Journalism Degree)

I’m a big fan of games that push the envelope without being restrained by the possible controversy. Trying new things, going places where others are afraid… I dig that stuff.
Unfortunately, games are the new rap, which was the new television, which was the new rock and roll. And with our hyped up 24-hour news cycle, [...]


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Rockstar Fights for Your Right to Virtually Castrate

Do you remember that little spat over Manhunt 2 in the United Kingdom?
Well, when the British Board of Film and Video Classification reviewed the game on June 19, saying that due to “sustained and cumulative casual sadism” and “unremitting bleakness and callousness of tone” it would refuse to issue a rating, banning it from the [...]


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The Pall Begins to Spread

In an article over at CVG Constantine Hantzopoulos, Condemned: Bloodshot’s senior producer, reveals that he is “working closely with the ESRB to make sure everything goes through okay but there’s stuff we’ve cut already.”
Before I go off on a tear, which I assure you I am about to do, let me first admit that [...]


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The Infantilising Continues Unabated

In the U.K., this ad has been banned by the Adverts Council. It was running on the subway tube:

in its ruling, the Advertising Standards Authority said: “We considered that the vivid depiction of the crashed car and burning tyre, combined with the slogans implication that people could achieve inner peace through acts of violence, was [...]


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Wow, This Slope Sure is Slippery

In a wonderful confirmation of everyone saying that censorship is a slippery slope, the ESRB has ‘requested’ that two trailers for Dark Sector (D3 publishing, Digital Extremes producing) be taken down, saying that they contain “excessive or offensive content and to this end are not to be available for download or viewing, regardless of being [...]


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An Immodest Proposition

Given the recent controversy over violent videogames falling into the hands of children and the possible detrimental effects thereof I feel that a more permanent solution needs to be found. I cannot say with absolute certainty that videogames have no ill effects on behavioural patterns of human beings. I can say that only adults [...]


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Joystiq misses the point

I read with interest Dennis McCauley’s post on Joystiq today about the ‘unrecognized triumph’ in the ESRB’s bestowing of an AO rating on Manhunt 2.
The framing in particular caught my attention:
Perception is reality, except when it isn’t. And in the case of Manhunt 2, it’s not as easy as you may think to pick out [...]


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Manhunt 2 Temporarily Suspended

According to an article over at 1up, Manhunt 2 is, in the words of Take Two, “temporarily suspended”. I’m guessing it has something to do with some controversy or other.
Maybe they’re going to use this time to apply pressure to the ESRB and the BBFC to get the rating lowered, or applied as the case [...]


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Manhunt 2’s ‘AO’ Rating an Effective Ban on Publication

The fight over whether you should get to choose, as a responsible adult, what media you consume continues. In this corner we have Take Two Pres. Strauss Zelnick declaring:
The Rockstar team has come up with a game that fits squarely within the horror genre and was intended to do so. It brings a unique, formerly [...]


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The Ban Hammer Swingeth

Manhunt 2 continues to be blacklisted for sale – the latest country would be Ireland, who apparently has never banned any videogame before.
In commemoration of this momentus banhammering, Games Radar is running an amusing piece about the Top 10 Banned Videogames. I’ll list ‘em here but you should click through to see the whys of [...]


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