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….
Following a prolonged battle with the BBFC, Rockstar’s controversial Wii, PS2 and PSP title, Manhunt 2 has been granted a release by the Video Appeals Committee. It is expected to go on sale in the UK later this year.
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…
Stuart 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.
Say 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.