Brit MP shoves Bully

Rockstar's prep school game under more fire by UK politician; wants game treated same way as violent film--or banned altogether.

Rockstar Games is no stranger to controversy. The publisher has long been dodging bullets from just about everyone thanks to its flagship franchise Grand Theft Auto. Not one to shy away from its bread and butter, Rockstar announced Bully last May.

Bully, as the name suggests, involves a schoolyard tyrant picking on those less physically fit. However, British MP Keith Vaz thinks the game will inspire violence among schoolchildren.

BBC News reports that Vaz approached the House of Commons on the matter. "Do you share my concern at the decision of Rockstar to publish a new game called Bully in which players use their onscreen persona to kick and punch other schoolchildren?"

Vaz thinks the game should be treated like a violent film and should go before the British Board of Film Classification or be banned completely.

However, Rockstar remains vigilant in its defense. "We support and admire the groups who are working hard to address the long-standing problem of bullying," a Rockstar rep told the BBC. "Just as books aren't judged by their covers, video games shouldn't be judged by their titles or individual scenes."

Bully is scheduled to be released in April 2006 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

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The_Weekend
The_Weekend

he's just afraid of bad memoires of his own childhood being shown in the game ... hmmm, this seems interesting to wait for!

Recardo88
Recardo88

i dont like people who juged games such as rockstar games i hate British MP Keith Vaz what a W***ER

gralea
gralea

Wouldn't it be better if they were kicking and punching virtual school children instead of real children? And also the game isn't about a bully who just runs around kicking and punching children, the protagonist is the one getting punched and kicked and the game is about him standing up for himself in a corrupt academic society...any game that encourages standing up for yourself is a good game if you ask me

Tamz
Tamz

Crazy british people..wait...im british, damn you Keith Vas