Opinion: Manhunt 2's release will kill the current video games classifications

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Jonathan Weinberg writes…

It’s a row that’s been rolling on for far too long. It’s a row that does nothing to help the perception of gaming among wider society. And it’s a row that is going to run and run for quite some time yet.

Rockstar has now finally overturned a ban that meant it was unable to release Manhunt 2 in the UK. But while that’s good news for the firm, for gaming itself, this whole bloody saga is just another nail in the coffin of gaming.

The media is already far too focused on the negatives – the violence, the calls to ban so-called “killer games” and the conflicts over having a voluntary code to provide an age rating for the majority of titles.

Occasionally a positive story will slip through, like the OAPs playing Wii to keep in shape, but on the whole, games are treated with far more disdain than rap music and horror movies, both of which have had their fare share of criticism in the past….

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Jonathan WeinbergOpinion: Manhunt 2's release will kill the current video games classifications

Games Roundup: today's key Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 stories

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From WiiWii: Nintendo is launching a 1seg tuner for the DS next week in Japan, allowing TV to be picked up when on the go.

From PSPSPS:
Legal loophole in the UK could mean the banned Manhunt 2 could be sold via download through the PlayStation network….

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From Xboxer.tv: HMV has opened first Gaming Zone arcade in Edinburgh, featuring 27 Xbox 360 consoles playing latest titles, playable in an hour-long session for £3, or £5 for three hours.

From WiiWii.tv: Silent Hill has been…

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Opinion: Thinking Manhunt 2 should be banned DOESN'T make you a reactionary idiot

stu-mugshot2.jpgStuart Dredge writes…

The British Board of Film Classification’s recent decision to Manhunt 2 banned in the UK for “sustained and cumulative casual sadism”“>refuse a certificate for Manhunt 2 – thus banning it from sale in the UK – has caused a predictably huge uproar among gamers and the mainstream media.

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380 PS3 games coming in the next year – but Manhunt 2 ain't one of 'em

mahnhunt-again.jpgSay what? 380 new PS3 games? Between now and March 2008? That’s crazy talk, foo. But it’s what Sony is promising, sort of. Well, Sony Computer Entertainment president Kazuo Hirai has said there’ll be 380 new “software titles” for PS3 in that time period, of which 180 will be download-only.

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Stuart Dredge380 PS3 games coming in the next year – but Manhunt 2 ain't one of 'em

Today on Tech Digest: YouTube on iPhone, Pet Shop Boys in Second Life, Yahoo Go 2.0 and more…

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THE BIG THREE
YouTube is the mystery extra iPhone application
Pet Shop Boys Go Fest – in Second Life
Yahoo launching UK beta version of Yahoo Go for Mobile 2.0

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