Technology, Discovery & Innovation NewsFactor Sites:     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Computing Digital Life Discovery Space More Topics...
Eliminate costly downtime!
Find out how with Free White Paper
& enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note
Digital Life
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Manhunt 2 Under Fire Around Globe
Manhunt 2 Under Fire Around Globe

By Frederick Lane
June 21, 2007 11:02AM

Bookmark and Share
This week, the Irish Film Censor's Office followed the British Board of Film Classification in banning the sale of Manhunt 2, marking the first time that Ireland has banned a video game. In a statement posted to its Web site, the Censor's Office said it banned Manhunt 2 for its "gross, unrelenting, and gratuitous violence."

On Tuesday, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) announced that it had banned the sale of Manhunt 2, a video game produced by Rockstar Games.

The game is a sequel to the 2003 original, Manhunt, which at its release was given an "18" classification by the BBFC. The new release features a murder spree by an amnesiac scientist and a psychotic killer from an insane asylum, in which they use a variety of weapons to commit increasingly gruesome murders.

"Rejecting a work is a very serious action and one which we do not take lightly," said BBFC Director David Cooke. He went on to say that the BBFC does prefer to recommend cuts or modifications in the material to remove content that violates the BBFC's Guidelines, but that such steps were not possible in the case of Manhunt 2.

'Casual Sadism'

"Manhunt 2 is distinguishable from recent high-end video games," Cooke said, "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."

On Tuesday, the Irish Film Censor's Office followed suit, marking the first time that Ireland has banned the release of a video game. In a statement posted to its Web site, the Censor's Office said that it "recognizes 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."

Video game ratings in the United States are determined by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, a self-regulatory organization created by the video game industry following public and governmental outcry over earlier violent games, including Mortal Kombat and Night Trap. The ESRB has no authority to ban a game, but can assign it an "Adults Only" rating, which will keep the game off of most retail shelves.

Rated 'Adults Only' in U.S.

In an e-mailed statement by Eliot Mizrachi, ESRB's Assistant Director for Public Relations and Marketing Communications, ESRB President Patricia Vance acknowledged that Manhunt 2 has in fact been given an AO rating by the Board.

"The ratings assigned by ESRB are based on the consensus of our raters," Vance said, "who consider several factors including not only the content itself, but also elements such as the reward system, context, and degree of player control. It should be noted that this is not the first time that an AO rating has been assigned for violent content, nor will it likely be the last."

Vance said that it would be inappropriate to comment further because Rockstar is still considering whether to resubmit a modified version of the game or to appeal the decision to an ESRB appeals board.

Tell Us What You Think


APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.

 Digital Life
1.   Teen Arrested for Heartbleed Hack
2.   Malware Targets Facebook Users
3.   Mt. Gox Is Headed for Liquidation
4.   Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
5.   Zebra Buys Motorola Enterprise Biz

BlackBerry Drops T-Mobile After Spat
Moving on to other carriers after snub.
Average Rating:
Android Wear on Tap for Wearables
OK Google, what's really new here?
Average Rating:
Teen Arrested for Heartbleed Hack
Data stolen from Canadian tax agency.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Canadian Teen Arrested for Heartbleed Hack
One week after the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability was unveiled, Canadian authorities have made the first arrest -- an Ontario teenager -- in connection to the security hole.
IBM Offers Security, Disaster Recovery as SoftLayer Service
New disaster recovery and security services for SoftLayer clients are being added by IBM. Big Blue said the new capabilities will speed cloud adoption by alleviating concern over business continuity.
How To Beat the Heartbleed Bug
Heartbleed headlines continue as IT admins scramble for answers no one has. Early reports of stolen personal data, including 900 social insurance numbers in Canada, are starting to trickle in.

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Google Releases Chrome Remote Desktop App for Android
You're out on a sales call, and use your Android mobile device to grab a file you have back at the office on your desktop. That's a bit easier now with Google's Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android.
Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to launch a smartphone after years of development. Photos of the phone, which may feature a unique 3D interface, were leaked by tech pub BGR.
Zebra Tech Buys Motorola Enterprise for $3.45B
Weeks after Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility’s assets from Google for $2.91 billion, Zebra Technologies is throwing down $3.45 billion for Motorola’s Enterprise business in an all-cash deal.

Sci-Tech Today
Home/Top News | Computing | Digital Life | Discovery | Space | Innovation | Health | Science News
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.