19.06.07 - VideoGame Nasty! Manhunt 2 banned by BBFC
oh dear... the bbfc has made a big f*ckup here if you ask me.
The British Board of Film Classification has ruled that Rockstar will be unable to release controversial sequel Manhunt 2 in the UK on the grounds of its ultra-violent, provocative nature.
The ruling means it will be illegal to supply the PS2 and Wii-bound title 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 BBFC director David Cooke.
“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.
“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.”
Paul Jackson, director general of ELSPA (Entertainment & Leisure Software Publishers Association) believes that the BBFC’s decision to ban Manhunt 2 proves that the UK has an "effective" ratings system.
“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,” he said.
"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," he added.
Rockstar has the right to appeal the decision under the terms of the Video Recordings Act.
Rockstar was unavailable for comment at the time of press.
Rockstar’s upcoming Manhunt 2 won’t be sold in the U.K., according to a report in MCV.
Citing “unrelenting focus on stalking and brutal slaying,” the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has refused to rate the ultra-violent sequel, effectively banning it from U.K. shores. Said BBFC exec David Cooke:
Rejecting a work is a very serious action and one which we do not take lightly… 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…
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.
MCV notes that the only other game to be refused classification was 1997’s Carmageddon. That decision, however, was overturned on appeal.
Side note, carmageddon is one of my all time favourite racing games.
while i was unimpressed by the shitty first manhunt game whose novelty wore off quicker then dressing as a rabbi for a nazi rally. and subsequently i couldn't give a shit about another lame ass sequel, i do think all games deserve a chance to be seen (and due to the internet probably still will be) but when you see todays horror film crap thats out to shock like hostel (total shit too i might add) and suchlike that get rated and passed even though they depict violence towards real people onscreen, how does it make sense to say "sorry virtual violence is too bad"
However, because its banned I always get these movies/games as a big fuck you to the government. I don't believe in what they are doing, especially in this case where its pure moralistic censorship and doesn't adhere to their very flimsy guideliens.
Carmageddon really is/was my favourite racing/driving game, that game rocked and in no way deserved to be banned.
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