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Sorry for the Radio Silence

One day you’re blogging along, everything is fine, and then Life decides to call you up and demands revisions and corners you in an office to review changes and won’t leave you alone; and you’re all like, hey Life, fuck off, and Life is all like do this work bitch, because I’m fuckin’ Life and [...]


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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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NY Times Plays Manhunt 2, Shrugs

Nice to see some level heads out there in the ‘mainstream media’. Well, at least in the Arts section.
Choice quote:
I did not find Manhunt 2 particularly frightening or sickening, more like a violent interactive cartoon. But I’m used to games. As Mr. Zelnick suggested, I wanted to see how the game stood up against the [...]


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N’Gai Croal vs. Stephen Totilo on Manhunt 2

N’Gai Croal vs. Stephen Totilo on Manhunt 2.
Now usually I’d pull selected quotes that were relevant or news-worthy from a source and post those here. This time, due to my fawning adoration for both writers and my unwillingness to attempt to hack apart their writing for the tasty bits, I’m not going to. I’m just [...]


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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 Preview

There’s a Manhunt 2 preview up, courtesy Gamespot. They give it a fairly positive review:
Based on what we played, Manhunt 2 is shaping up to be a solid, intriguing follow-up to the original.
They also provide a little editorialising on the content that has so many up in arms:
The game’s violence and gore, which [...]


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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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Here is the (legal) future of videogames

As an addendum to number three’s excellent writeup, I shall only add this:
We’ve seen this before.
Pay attention, kids. Here’s what’s in store for your favourite hobby:

Crimes shall never be presented in such a way as to create sympathy for the criminal, to promote distrust of the forces of law and justice, or to inspire [...]


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