505 Games responds to furor

Publisher hits back at calls by the mayor of Rome and European justice commissioner who called to ban Rule of Rose.

Survival horror game Rule of Rose, which tells the story of a girl kidnapped by a secret society, attracted more controversy today. Due for release in Europe on November 24, the mayor of Rome recently called for the game to be banned, stating that "this game must not enter Italian homes."

But there's more incoming--in today's UK Times newspaper, European justice commissioner Franco Frattini was quoted as saying about the game, "[It shows] a young girl who is submitted to psychological and physical violence. This has shocked me profoundly for its obscene cruelty and brutality... These types of games are dreadful examples for our children."

The game's publisher, 505 Games, said the game is a horror game and, as such, is similar to other horror game titles available on the market in terms of content. However, it was adamant to make clear that the burial of the child protagonist or any other child is not shown in the game. The statement read, "[The game] does not in anyway incite minors to commit violent acts and does not promote acts of violence towards minors as erroneously stated on the cover of the weekly magazine Panaroma: 'the winner is the player who is able to bury the girl alive.'"

It added that the game is primarily an exploration game with puzzles which involve solving mysteries, and the only "sporadic" fighting scenes were against monsters.

The game's publisher has invited politicians and the media to a preview presentation in Milan, Italy, on November 23 to assess the game's content.

For more on Rule of Rose, check out GameSpot's full review.

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44 comments
halo2maniac5819
halo2maniac5819

maybe they'll start rating Mario T for teen because of violence or something, games are rated to high.

Pumpkin-Head
Pumpkin-Head

Rule of Rose is a great Game, just the gameplay that isn't very well. And its Not That Voilent, GTA is much more Violent ! And its Not Real !!! god damn it, don't you Have Anything else to do than Ban Great Games.. ?! ;(

xion2k4
xion2k4

im just waiting for jack thomson to jump on the band wagon about the gay sexual content" in this game coz girls kiss :)

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

I knew so many stupid parents who pruchased San Andreas for thier 7, 8 or 10 year old because the kid asked for it. When I ran down the list of things that could be done in that game all three of them, respectively, looked sickly went home or made a phone call. Now I love me some San Andreas, and I even play it as a decent sort of gamer, I'm not really the "pay-the-hooker-then-kill-her" type that is so prevalent. But I know that alot of parents assume "video game" = "kiddie safe" and it's just stupidly wrong. I have no point.

decoy1978
decoy1978

Another case of politics butting their heads into the gaming world without fully understanding what the game is about. Even then I place this on the hands of the parents. Games come with ratings and it would be really hard pressed for a kid to get M rated games without the parents consent. And if the kid does purchase it, the stupid parent should have known better.

super_biohazard
super_biohazard

There's too much hype about the game being 'cruel' or 'bad influentual'. Most of it is media hype, i mean, the politics who are bad mouthing it most likely have not even seen one of it's trailers or played any of the game. They've just have some dude complain, and heard very untrue rumors. They're suposed to be politics, and they get the most simple thing wrong! Man, that does no reflect good on their character.

Omgwtflolzz
Omgwtflolzz

the Mayor of Rome should be a playable character in the next Mortal Kombat. FINISH him!! o_O in all honesty, the game is rated M for Mature. Therefore, children will never play it...unless their parents let them. Does that include the Mayor of Rome's children??

Claudu
Claudu

It's not the business of the god damn politicians what mature people are playing/watching/reading. Making these things not available to minors is something they should be concerned about. Paper shop owner won't sell a porn magazine to 13 year old and his parents won't buy it for him either cause they know it's not for their child. That's exactly how it should be with games. Banning mature games is not the way. Dumb politicians... If such things happen in Italy, then I wonder what will be goin' on here ? I'm from Poland and the video game market is really small here, but when it gets bigger... All hell will break loose with our ultra-conservative, catholic, family-loving government ;_;

MasterAsh42
MasterAsh42

Think on this for a second: Replace all the females and children in the game with grown men, and it would likely have never received all this criticism. To this day, I don't understand why humankind remains so much more forgiving of violence against men, when the sad truth of the world makes violence truly indiscriminate.

Cypher_VR
Cypher_VR

it's just a videogame. IT"S NOT REAL! wow, compaired to grand theft auto, Rule of Rose is not very violent. get over it.

Cloud737
Cloud737

Someone needs to approach those politicians and say "Excuse me!!! Don`t you have some real life murders to deal with?! "

undox
undox

Get over it!

Jaeme
Jaeme

I don`t automaticlly do what I`m told under any circumstances, so the moronic belief that a coherent, semi intellegent human being can be incited to do anything by flickering images on a screen is of the highest insult to the so called homo SAPIEN species. On the other hand it has become quite apperant that the inferior of the species can be incited to run for political office and off at the mouth by flickering images on a screen. It`s always the idiots that think we need protecting from ourselves when what we really need is protecting from them. Put the whole bloody lot into a small preserve and train cameras on them and make it into a condesending nature documentary. "Here we see the puff breasted political weenie in it`s natural habitat. It`s shrill mating cry of "protect the children" rarely works with the opposite sex and now they are slowly becoming extinct..."

tony934
tony934

Maybe they don't know that the M on a game is for MATURE not Minors...lol

stm1185
stm1185

full review link is broken, takes you to downloads. L2Code!

Atomic_Mutant
Atomic_Mutant

Is there a mayoral election coming up in Rome?

tatu2004
tatu2004

this game should be 17+ or even an 18 then kids can't get it then..

ThePhilatron
ThePhilatron

Another example of ignorant politicians assuming a game is bad because someone told them so.

aots_twilight
aots_twilight

Incite minors? how will they get a hold of a "M" rated game? The man clearly is barking up the wrong tree.... If the problem was that it "incites minors" then they should prevent minors from getting hold of the game then...

andydumi
andydumi

Why are we talking about minors being incited to violence against minors, they should not be playing this without parental approval.

grandgundam3
grandgundam3

Well, it seems that it's not just American gov't officials and magazines that give games a hard time just because it's for adults, and they're too stupid to realize that.

Netto-sama
Netto-sama

How can a Mayor be so stupid... It's rated M for MATURE, not for children...

rondalescott
rondalescott

What is all this about burying people alive?

yian
yian

Teenage Mutant HERO Turtle, remember?

U1
U1

woot, I reported this 12 hours before this report, in the comments for the other news item, it was on BBC television this morning (UK).

kenshinhimura16
kenshinhimura16

Blame the parents, politicians just want to play the good guy role, but all they seems to the next gen of voters is that they are more cevered in BS that a pile of crap

ludacriss
ludacriss

I played it. Fighting in this game is annoying. It gets you mad, because when you fight the monsters the control is really bad. The worst controls in all the horror games I've ever played. My advice, if you really want to play it, rent it. I would better finish Silent Hill 3 again or Resident Evil Code: Veronica X.

A7Xfan
A7Xfan

This is as ridiculous as going to an R rated movie at a theater and coming out upset because there's some content in it that isn't suitable for children.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Has this mayor even seen other games?

piecake
piecake

rome smells its just a game!

Schillinger
Schillinger

It's getting an 18+ certificate, the only way "children" could play it is to get their parents to get it for them. I mean God forbid parents actually do some parenting for a change :|

pjgarth
pjgarth

Has anyone played this game? It looks pretty cool, but I was wondering what people thought before I bought it. By the way, it sounds alot like "Silent HIll" and you dont really hear this kind of crap about that series.

Squids-Ahoy
Squids-Ahoy

Wow, Italian politicians need to focus on the bigger issues, like the fact that the army had to be called into naples (sp) to deal with the Mafia. Mayor of Rome ftl!

Voidox
Voidox

Sometimes ignorance brings happiness.... These politicians never learn do they....

cspiffo
cspiffo

the OLD Politicians should stay out of peoples personal lives. Why the hell is this a problem for Rome? Stick to Rome's problems and stop making problems up to distract from your polical incompetance.

screamingdean
screamingdean

If a game has been passed by a countries regulators as fit for sale at the specified age then politcians and other idiots of said country should not ask for a game to be banned unless they also ask for a change in game regulation. It would be a shame if Europe ended up like America...

Doolum
Doolum

Quoting: ''But there's more incoming--in today's UK Times newspaper, European justice commissioner Franco Frattini was quoted as saying about the game, "[It shows] a young girl who is submitted to psychological and physical violence. This has shocked me profoundly for its obscene cruelty and brutality...These types of games are dreadful examples for our children." And who said such a game is for children!?

BigBubbRubb
BigBubbRubb

Lucky them, all this press is bound to drive up sales in Europe.

Yaesir
Yaesir

Again, GAMES AREN'T FOR CHILDREN when they will realize that we are far more old than they think?

manyflawz
manyflawz

first and why are people ignorent