ELSPA praises ratings system following Manhunt 2 ban

ELSPA director general Paul Jackson has said that the decision taken by the BBFC to ban Manhunt 2 from sale "demonstrates that we have a games ratings system in the UK that is effective".

Earlier today the BBFC said it had rejected PlayStation 2 and Wii versions of Manhunt 2.

It's the first time a game has been banned by the BBFC since Carmageddon in 1997 - a decision that was subsequently overturned on appeal, which is an option still open to Manhunt 2 publisher Rockstar.

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MK_Red4731d ago

Banning a game does not show the worth and power of a rating system, it shows its inadequency and weakness in giving propeer rating. And banning a good game like Manhunt 2 is bad for industry and so, its bad for everyone.

Diselage4731d ago

Agreed, If you don't have a rating for a game then you should make one. People should be allowed to buy what they want and limiting that is just a ridiculous. Let people know what kind of game they're getting but don't ban people from getting it.

Leon Kennedy4731d ago

I won't comment on the legalities of it. All I know is I won't be buying it. Games like Gears of War and Resident Evil 4 have all the violence I care to look at.

Video game motto for life: Gameplay over gore.

Skizelli4731d ago

Gameplay over gore, yes, but violence just happens to be part of some of the best games ever created. You mention Resident Evil 4 as if its gameplay was bad, when it fact it was a breath of fresh air to the franchise and received several reviews highly praising its gameplay. And the original Manhunt was original as well. Definitely not everybody's cup of tea, but original nonetheless.

PS360WII4731d ago

Yea that's a good point. If the "rating" system can't give a game a rating what's the good of it?

unicronic4730d ago

A ban on Manhunt 2 does not show an effective rating system at all. It shows an "effective" censorship system.

Movies like Hostel & Saw Trilogy are no less intense that what is in Manhunt.

The guys & girls at BBFC clearly misunderstand the market they are assessing.

mcintosh2334730d ago

i hate people trying to protect me from things. there is no need

hell i was playing games like fallout and carmaggedon when i was like 10 and it never done me any harm

i think the oldest rating should be a 15

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