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Written by SuperGuido   
Tuesday, 19 June 2007

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The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), responsible for certifiying games and film for sale, has refused to certify Manhunt 2, for both the Sony PS2 and the Nintendo Wii. This is the first game denied since Carmageddon in 1997 but that decision was later overturned on appeal by the Video Appeals Committee. This means the game cannot be sold anywhere in the UK.

"Rejecting a work is a very serious action and one which we do not take lightly. Where possible we try to consider cuts or, in the case of games, modifications which remove the material which contravenes the Board’s published Guidelines," said David Cooke, Director of the BBFC. He also had this to say, "In the case of Manhunt 2 this has not been possible. Manhunt 2 is 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. There is sustained and cumulative casual sadism in the way in which these killings are committed, and encouraged, in the game."

He continued to say:

"Although the difference should not be exaggerated the fact of the game’s unrelenting focus on stalking and brutal slaying and the sheer lack of alternative pleasures on offer to the gamer, together with the different overall narrative context, contribute towards differentiating this submission from the original Manhunt game. That work was classified `18` in 2003, before the BBFC`s recent games research had been undertaken, but was already at the very top end of what the Board judged to be acceptable at that category." "Against this background, the Board`s carefully considered view is that to issue a certificate to Manhunt 2, on either platform, would involve a range of unjustifiable harm risks, to both adults and minors, within the terms of the Video Recordings Act, and accordingly that its availability, even if statutorily confined to adults, would be unacceptable to the public."

Under the terms of the Video Recordings Act distributors have the right to appeal the Board’s decision.

"A decision from the BBFC such as this demonstrates that we have a games ratings system in the UK that is effective. It shows it works and works well. Any decision the BBFC takes, it takes on the basis of its remit to rate on screen entertainment," stated Paul Jackson - Director General of ELSPA, "The games industry is a creative phenomenon that produces all kinds of games across all kinds of genres that appeal to all kinds of people across the country, young and old, male and female. The important thing to know is that all games are rated according to age suitability, with over 70 per cent of games being available to all ages over three years."

I suspect that if the UK is banning it Germany and several other countries will follow suit. So if you want to play it you better start looking abroad because from the recent rumblings in the EU Parliament this will be only the first of more to come. Or perhaps the game developers have gone too far and it is time to rein them in a little. Between the description of "Rule of Rose" and now Manhunt 2 I think that the developers are forcing governments to draw a line in the sand so to speak.

We all love video games and we all hate censorship, but if a game blatantly goes beyond not only good taste but socially and morally acceptable content and behavior then I think the developers need to be called on it. It looks like people in high places agree with me on this.

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Readers have left 2 comments.
No.1 Censorship Sucks
I can't believe that blatant censorship can still exist in this day and age. It sickens me.

I think the citizens need to rise up, write letters to parliament, and make sure worlds like 1984 and V for Vendetta don't become a reality.
Submitted by CigDangle, Unregistered • 2007-06-19 07:13:02
No.2 continue to forums
see my comments in the forums:
<a href="http://generationgamerz.com/forums/index.php?topic=162.0">here</a>
Submitted by SuperGuido, Unregistered • 2007-06-19 07:50:02
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