Manhunt 2 Ban Upheld by British High Court

A High Court judge in London upheld the ban of Rockstar's Manhunt 2 (PS2, PSP, Wii) in the UK, overturning Rockstar's appeal granted last month, according to ITN.

Last June, Manhunt 2 was denied rating by the British Board of Film Classification, barring it from sale in the UK; a modified version of the game was also rejected in August. A month ago, Rockstar successfully appealed to the Video Appeals Committee, forcing the BBFC to assign a rating to the game.

But the decision passed down by the High Court rules that the VAC's decision was flawed by a "clear error of law," questioning the committee's criteria for what constitutes public harm. The judgment reinstates Manhunt 2's ban, and the VAC has stated that it will reconsider its decision in light of the High Court's ruling.

Manhunt 2 was also denied a North American release following an Adults Only rating issued by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. A modified version of the game was later assigned a Mature rating, and successfully released on October 30, 2007.

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    January 25, 2008 1:01 PM

    Thank god for the first amendment... and by god I mean the writers of the constitution and the bill of rights.

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      January 25, 2008 1:04 PM

      And yet we didn't get an uncensored version of "The Witcher" over here...

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        January 25, 2008 1:13 PM

        Violence is less regulated in America
        Sexuality is less regulated in Europe

        At least that seems to be the general trend.

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        January 25, 2008 1:29 PM

        well we could, but the publishers dont put it out because adults only is like the "nc-17" of video game titles.

        people wont buy the game just on those merits.

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          January 25, 2008 1:51 PM

          Well, the biggest problem with AO rated games in this country is that major chain retailers won't carry them. And if retailers won't carry them, it makes it damn near impossible to sell them and make a profit.

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            January 25, 2008 2:20 PM

            Online superstores and digital distribution should help open the way for more 'mature' themed games in the future.

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              January 25, 2008 2:54 PM

              Will they? I would think so too, but these methods of obtaining games have been around for years. I think Walmart is still the 800-pound gorilla in the room that the publishers cannot ignore.

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