Nearly a month after Manhunt 2 was passed with an M ("Mature") rating and released in the USA, a group of senators is now campaigning for the game's rating to be upgraded to the effective ban of an AO ("Adult Only").
Dont these people , countries, etc realize that this whole rating changes..and banning...pulling from stores only creates more demand and sales for the game and effectively keeps its name in the headlines longer....JUST LOOK AT GTA...AND ITS SALES AFTER ITS CONTROVERSY
They just want to ban the game (A console game with AO rating is nothing short of ban)... Have they6 ever heard of freedom and people's right? The game got an M rating which means it's not suitable for people under 18. Is it wrong for people above 18 to play them? I know that some minors and below 18s could get their hands on the game but if that's the problem then all other M rated games are the same so all of them should become AOs...
Also, in terms of violence, Soldier of Fortune: Payback is as violent if not more than Manhunt 2 yet no one talks about it. Why?
Because senators just want to focus on a controversial to get votes and attention. IF they really cared for youth, they should have done the same about other violent games from BioShock to Manhunt to Soldier of Fortune to Gears of War. All bloody violent but why senators only focus on Manhunt in presense of all those gory games? That should raise more than few eyebrows...
SoF:P has a lot of gory action, that much is true.
The difference is that Manhunt 2 shows a lot of inhumane action: torturing people, killing people in a very distasteful manner and actually getting points for it, sickening action.
It is a different kind of violence, a violence that is very difficult to watch (for normal people), even less take part of.
Loopy both Saw and Hostel do that as well and they were rated NC-17 I believe. This game should be rated M(17+) and stay that way.
Games that rely on the ignorance of sex and extreme violence to try and sell copies.
Either way though it still should be allowed on the shelves as the movies that do the same crap is allowed on the shelves.
It is a tasteless game that brings nothing more than a bad image to the videogame industry.
i am all for freedom of expression. i am all for artistic freedom. i am all for supporting the right to govern our own ratings system.
but manhunt 2 does not strive to be artistic or meaningful. there is nothing essential about it. It doesn't enhance the views of those who love this hobby. it doesn't innovate the evolving storytelling of videogames, now comparable to most hollywood films. It's just gore porn.
i put manhunt 2 in the same pedestal as "The Guy Game". Games that rely on the ignorance of sex and extreme violence to try and sell copies.
Now you may say "but what about GTA or Yakuza". GTA does scratch the surface, but its non-sequential and more cartoony than anything. Yakuza puts a purpose for the violence.
Manhunt 2 did nothing more than add fuel to the political fire.
all this bad press is going to do nothing but promote the game more. It does nothing to stop it. The only way you can get your victory is if you put the game in a black void and stop all talks what-so-ever of it. Otherwise you're just helping them sell more with each press article saying how awful it is.
Very well said, I totally agree. Have a bubble.
Go ahead and vote for Hilary all, so we can have a good communist gov't.
now this is going to turn into a political flamewar
She would probably devote gov't resources towards a gaming enforcement. Just like the current administration is going after p0rn, she'll try her hardest to restrict free speech and violent games. Remember, COLBERT '08!
+bubble Marxism at its best. I can't believe people want to vote for this socialist [email protected]
Don't you just love when it's election time?
With the parental locks and timers on consoles, shouldn't they abolish the ESRB? Think about it, who complains about violent/mature games? Who buys the consoles and games? Imagine if parents could easily program their children's eyes to not see/listen to mature content. There would be no MPAA and ID checks at theatre.
That would work if most parents knew how to operate the locks and timers on the systems. Unfortunately most don't so at least they can read the rating on the game and (if they have any common sense at all) chose what is best for their kids.
You're right, most parents don't know about the timers and locks. This doesn't mean everyone else should be punished. You can't legislate common sense, or for that matter, good parenting. If they choose not to know about what their kids are doing, that's their fault.
That's what they do. The problem is they refuse to accept any responsibility when their kid does something stupid. They will try to blame it on videogames instead of actually admitting they suck as parents. At least if there are ratings on games the company has some sort of legal defense when (and you know they will) the parents or some special interest group tries to attack them.
You'd think they could find a better use of their time than trying to rewrite the Constitution again. I don't think anyone should ever buy or play or let anyone they know buy or play Manhunt 2 because it's sensationalist crap, but what really bothers me is taxpayers money being wasted talking about it when there are real issues that can be addressed, you know, without crapping on the Constitution.
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