Bully banned in Brazil

With its massive economy, burgeoning population, and vibrant culture, Brazil is a major player on the world stage. However, the fact it makes headlines for having massive festivals, topless beaches, and lawless favelas, has given it a reputation--many of which its citizens don't feel it...

With its massive economy, burgeoning population, and vibrant culture, Brazil is a major player on the world stage. However, the fact it makes headlines for having massive festivals, topless beaches, and lawless favelas, has given it a reputation--many of which its citizens don't feel it deserves--for being a place where anything

goes.

Well, almost anything.

Today, the Associated Press reports that a Brazilian state has banned Rockstar Games' controversial juvenile delinquency sim Bully. According to the service, Judge Flavio Rabello has ordered the suspension of all sales of the game in Rio Grande do Sul, the southern most province of the massive South American country.

"The aggravating factor is that everything in [Bully] takes place inside a school," said Rio Grande do Sul state prosecutor Alcindo Bastos. "That is not acceptable."

Bully was released on the Xbox 360 and Wii in March, with the original PlayStation 2 version shipping in the US last year. In Brazil, the game is reportedly mainly distributed by JPF magazine, an attorney for which said the publication had not been informed of the judge's ruling.

US Rockstar reps also declined to comment on the ban to the AP, perhaps taking comfort in the fact their biggest game in years, Grand Theft Auto IV, has been cleared for release in the US and the UK.

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hicklespickle
hicklespickle

How can a game where you protect people from bullies and ultimately make the school a better place for everyone be banned but Manhunt a game where you kill people in the most gruesome way possible is allowed to be sold?

phillipissuperb
phillipissuperb

I'm angered by the fact that there are so many atypical video games out right now with no originality like the usual game with the bald space marine but as soon as someone makes a game with an original premise like Bully everyone wants it banned.

sorpaqq
sorpaqq

This is crazy I have played bully about three times and it is easily suitable for a twelve year old to play and yet it is apparently banned because it is set in school which is just the worst and unjustified reason to ban anything.

Fred5107
Fred5107

Bully is just a game. Why do people think it's bad? I love this game!

heinzsteinhoff
heinzsteinhoff

the worse of this is that gamespot didn't even gave an apologize note, or anything like that. Probably they haven't even noticed that what they published was disrespectful

digao_sith
digao_sith

"With its massive festivals, topless beaches, and lawless favelas, Brazil has a reputation for being a place where anything goes." Blood HELL!!!! thorsen-ink WHO ARE YOU to say things that you don't know? have ever live here in brasil? you are a IDIOT! The way you say make me think that you think that everyone here in brasil are whores or criminals. I don't know how Gamespot allow this sh*t that you have write. You can't let your mind goes whit the television. As "berzao" says: "Its like make fun of your destroyed towers!"

berzao
berzao

"With its massive festivals, topless beaches, and lawless favelas, Brazil has a reputation for being a place where anything goes." That is very disrespectful !! I'm brazilian, i'm not proud of it but i'm!! But we got to defend what is ours, so stop saying this ignorant and stupid things about my country, just because the midia say it, its not that is the REAL TRUE!! Its like make fun of your destroyed towers! Be intelligent, dont be dumb!

heinzsteinhoff
heinzsteinhoff

@ Matezoide you're being as ignorant about Brazil as the news writer were, but worse than him, you're Brazilian. Stop just seeing and reading Globo news, that just make you get stupider and stupider, read more about your own president abilities (at this point, I bet that he can write in English better than you do, and no, I not a PT or Lula supporter, I just try to be fair), and, if you think that resolving the "real" problems here are just a matter of building prisons and putting a policemen in every single street, I advise you to read more about society problems.

roge666
roge666

@gamespot: mr. torsen-ink "With its massive festivals, topless beaches, and lawless favelas, Brazil has a reputation for being a place where anything goes." [sarcasm] wow!!!! In your face, Brazil!!!! [/sarcasm] for real, that kind of article against my country is racist, offensive, disrespectiful and ignorant. So please Gamespot, DON'T LET ANYTHING LIKE THAT HAPPEN AGAIN!!! and finally, to the Gamespot Editors, there's something new to you all: EDITORIAL REVIEW!!!!!!! (you can use it sometimes).

Hadoki
Hadoki

Much easier to blame the games here to create laws to punish the real criminals

Pete_tosh
Pete_tosh

"Brazil has a reputation for being a place where anything goes?...ok, this guy it's just playing racist or ignorant." [2]

LucasBlat
LucasBlat

that decision is not only because its brazil. come on, could happen everywhere! o.O

slipknoob
slipknoob

People here in Brazil care much about what games are allowed or not... Counter-Strike has already been banned here, it's so stupid... They should fight piracy instead of banning awesome games just because they allow KIDS to buy what they shouldn't.

kevin9701
kevin9701

i mean just because its more like a m doesn/t mean it is i tried fable and it was m and guess what? out of the whole game i heard only 1 bad word and the volince was fun volince not influence volince just a fun game kind of volince its ok to have games such as bully because when ppl grow up there gonna hear it any way im only almost a teenager and guess what i only say 4 to 5 bad words a year! so judges you made not a very good decision i say

kevin9701
kevin9701

i do feel sad for ppl who lost there chance to buy a good game theres more to rockstar games judges its about honer love and drama leading to a better future and many other things in things like bully and gta

kevin9701
kevin9701

i can not believe they are focusing on bully thats nothing compared to gta also gta rules luckey i do not live there.

mugensur
mugensur

I don't know if I should comment on the new itself or the fact that it's very offensive and kind of rude against Brazilians. "With its massive festivals, topless beaches, and lawless favelas, Brazil has a reputation for being a place where anything goes." What does having massive festivals have to do with bully? this guys seriously needs to stop discriminating or hating, whatever it is this article it's unacceptable The guy who wrote this it's from here, USA. Yet he says Brazil has topless beaches when he damn well knows there is topless beaches in the USA as well. Lawless favelas? what's up with the ghetto in here then?... Brazil has a reputation for being a place where anything goes?...ok, this guy it's just plain racist or ignorant.

inimagination
inimagination

please respect my country, as I respect yours. "lawless favelas"? Oh, so in US there's no ghetto? It works in the same way as Compton and other hoods in L.A.. "topless beaches"? Tell me where to find it, a beach full of women doing topless, where's that? "massive festivals"? As I remember we got 4 famous ones: Carnival in February, kind of a hill-billy party in June (Festa Junina), Christmas (have you ever heard of that?) and New Year's Eve (that's new for you?). And Brazil isn't an anarchy, I think that you, ignorant, should go to school before posting anything.

Matezoide
Matezoide

forget to say: anyone who comes saing sh*t about Brazil without knowing a f*cking thing or talking like we are the only ones can go to hell!(the guy who wrote about Brazil on this news specialy)

Matezoide
Matezoide

WHAT!?Bully banned in my country?!a country where the bigger festival is violent?a country where most streets dont have a single f*ncking corp?!instead of fixing the REAL problems they just go and ban this game!just to say "we are helping peploe",while they actualy mean "we are banning this game for make peploe think we are helping then and because it is f*ncking easier".also did you guys know the COUNTRY PRESIDENT cant BARELY READ?! yet he can be president,but a guy who wanted work with the corps couldnt because ALSO couldnt barely read (probaly as much as the president).the only sport where this country is good is starting to suck (soccer) and now this?the only we can be actualy be proud is the fact of the first airplane being made in Brazil (you can cry if you want with that Writ Brothers crap,but we were made it first) HOWEVER Brazil is a rich place and have many good things,it isnt the better place ever,but it is far better than the jungles they show in South Park or the Simpsons. and yes i am Brazilian

asmiralha
asmiralha

It´s just sad to see that someone that writes for a great site like gamespot just publish a news full of offensive content against a country. Hey thorsen ink, you really should know what you are writing before posting.

-AMD-
-AMD-

"... If so then they should also ban gta or bioshock or any game containing violence." STFU! If they read this?! ( hey have u seen the violence on GRAW2? chainsaws! :o ) "Judge: So the final verdict on the five new topless beaches? Jury: We have ruled in favor. Judge: Next, case please. Case giving guy: new first annual Lawless Festival Thingie Judge: Jury? Jury: We rule in favor. Judge: Case adjourned then. Next one please. Case giving guy: Some video game that is based on bullying in school Judge: Hmmmm, what do you think jury? Jury: unexceptable! we suggest you ban it! Judge: I rule This game banned in Brazil! Lol jk" "Case giving guy: new first annual Lawless Festival Thingie" I think you mean Carnaval. There's lot of rules. Can't see the fun in there. You better read some books. "And I'm still wondering where are these topless beaches!" Me too, dawg, me too... (iwanttoseesomebouncingboobslol) "Brazil is a sh*t, a freaking sh*t, a poor country whit ignorant people and a government just stupid, like almost of his people. Unfortunately, I'm Brazilian =(" Sad for you to not enjoy our outstanding country, and only seeing the problems. Look for the good things and solutions. -- Alright. I'm a brazillian ( I love my country, I'm super proud of it, sad for the ppl above cannot be able to enjoy the country as much as I do ) and I normally lol at those facts and, like we would say here, 'Pooping and walking' ( not giving any interest ) to this facts. Hell, we can buy this game over the net, they're only refusing the money that we would give them by buying the game on a shop, also, ppl say that Brazil has the highest incidence to piracy... GUESS WHY. Like... why they banned CS then Bully? Because it's violent. LOOOOOOOL. I really want to laugh off in front of a bastard that says this. Violence in soccer stadiums, violence on streets, violence on TV.. Hell, people that buy/download this game has higher intellectual level and won't get influenced by a game, than that ppl that lives on the street. They have a computer and they're able to use it, Don'they? 1% actually will get influenced, but nothing a hospice or a 9mm can't fix lol :P I'm still lol'ing here. CS banned? I've bought on Steam. Bully banned? If i had a console, I would buy on Mercado Livre ( an eBay affiliated. ) Lets go into the facts: People that don't like to risk their credit cards over the net ( Buying on Steam/eBay ), what they do to buy games? Go to shops. CS and the other RPG game that was banned was like the best selling games, every time I've gone to shops that sold those games, I used to always see people buying one of the games or both. So let's see, 40% buy original, 40% buy pirate copy, 10% buy on Steam/Online shops. Now? 90% buy pirate copy, 10% buy on Steam/Online shops. Politicians are getting smarter everyday. (Please don't mind English errors. )

brad10123
brad10123

omg! the game aint that bad its a fab game literally evry one i know has got it and they agree with me its one of the bst games evr as well as gta R* is amazing the make da best games

LordWaspy
LordWaspy

I cannot believe this! I believe that if people want to play a certain game then they should be allowed to.

RPGfred
RPGfred

haha, this is stupid. People like who haven't played the game and just saw the title and thought 'odear we'd better do something' are banning it. Publicity stunt or ignorance? I'm leaning towards both myself. This game has been banned in several other places too.. it's ridiculous to be honest. You can go through pretty much the whole game without choosing to be a bully :/ It isn't like brazil are missing much anyhow, what a bugfest xD! PS - Lol at stereotypes "TOPLESS BEACHES, ANYTHING GOES!".. just this reporters imagination, I imagine. ;]

PizzaGame
PizzaGame

Yo, So... I'm brazilian... And I want you all to know that brazil isn't what do you think it is.. You think Brazil is such a Bad country and everything else... It isn't true. I'm here know, at home, in Brazil playing computer.. Brazil is not the worst place that you think it is, yep, i know of the problems here in Brazil, the favelas, and everything else.. But.. never mind that brazil is as a "Jungle" and a Poor Country... Thx, By PizzaGame Like simpsons in Brasil you know..

LHrocks
LHrocks

omfg brazil is so stupid bully rocks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LHrocks
LHrocks

omfg brazial is so stupid bully rocks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Agente_Rolf
Agente_Rolf

I totally agree with Biomassabc. It's sad to see people that do that type of stereotype about Brazil. We do not celebrate carnival every day here, or have topless beaches... what a nonsense!

markimsoad
markimsoad

Dont generalize GAMESPOT. Dont Generalize!!!

markimsoad
markimsoad

bully is terrible game. congratulations for decision of the judge :)

Sonic-Blade
Sonic-Blade

As a Brazilian myself (not proud of it, by any means), I can only say one thing: Let them ban games all they want, won't change anything anyway. The system here is rotten and it's not due to videogames, that I can assure you. Banning a videogame from being sold has never stopped anyone from playing it here. Why? Pretty obvious right (just to make myself clear: I'm not saying that this is what should be done. I'm saying that this is the way things are here.)

cartermariano
cartermariano

"With its massive festivals, topless beaches, and lawless favelas, Brazil has a reputation for being a place where anything goes." Curious. People who say this things about Brasil, can be usually found on vacation here, committing crimes like pedophilia, kidnap, drug possession and god-knows-what-else (and I'm NOT going to talk about the stealing of natural resources in the Amazon jungle). Like many said here, we have problems, like any other country. But our country is not what many think. We have beautiful beaches (yes, a few, more secluded ones, are for nudists), our people are very friendly and receptive to everyone and more. We do have a lot of violence (even though is not everywhere and some of it is "enlarged" by the media), but which country doesn't? We don't have natural catastrophes (earthquakes, volcanoes, fires, hurricanes), we don't start wars all over the world, our country is a safe haven to everyone, and everyone is welcome to seek refuge. Nobody hates us, nobody wants to destroy us (by that, we don't suffer terrorist attacks). Yes, we do have problems with drug trafficking, but which country doesn't? And we don't produce it, Colombia does. Like my esteemed colleague said a few pages back, our country has many economical attributes. Some of our companies are the largest in the world (like Vale or Petrobras). Our research on Biodiesel is much efficient and environment-oriented than America's. Just so I don't lose focus on the topic, it is sad what they're doing to the game industry. But it is to be expected. Politicians often use this measures to pretend they're working. But this prohibition doesn't work, because we can import by purchasing on the Internet.

rogerpenna
rogerpenna

wow, quite incredible how a news article turned into a Brazil bashing by several people who doesnt even know in what continent Brazil is located. 1 - with exception of VERY FEW naturist beaches, topless is actually FORBIDDEN in Brazil. Although feminists are against the prohibition. 2 - it doesnt matter there is violence in the country. Thats the exact reason some judges think those games shoulnt be sold. Now, if you have violence, you should distribute guns to everyone and destroy your prisons and release the prisoners, otherwise you are an hipocrite? 3 - when was the last school massacre in Brazil?

Agentel
Agentel

I'm from Brazil, and well, dont know who is the worst here.The single minded rich country gamespot (Eua never banned any game? HA!dont make me laugh)or the member who say that gamespot is right.The judges are just doing this to call attention, like the CS and everquest.E bet if you come to brazil (anyone from gamespot) you will certanly change your mind.WE got great game developers, you want go to topless beach?Then go to Spain.Go learn Geography before trying be THE all knowing news poster.YOu must think that monkeys run everywhere and attack people like simpson arent?or that we kidnapp people to sell they organs like that other movie? In true, i dont even know why im writing a comment here.You arrogantand selfish manners should go unseen to everybody

gledson85
gledson85

I do not like the description that has GameSpot of Brazil, land of nobody. Does the "Americans" know that in Brazil there are cities as large as New York?

gledson85
gledson85

I do not like the description that has GameSpot of Brazil, land of nobody. Does the "Americans" know that in Brazil there are cities as large as New York?

Hermes33
Hermes33

Someone caught this story on SKY News? Hey so did I. It was one of the the most blatant, transparent pieces of product-placement marketing I've ever seen, no doubt as part of that lawyer's pay-off in Brazil. I believe it was Edward L. Bernays who pioneered this deceptive sales technique - he talked about it in his book "Propaganda"; everyone should read it. If anyone needed further proof of its effectiveness then just read through these comments! It's amazing... it appears he was right about people's gullibility and being too proud to admit they've been scammed. It's like Adolf Hitler scamming the German populace in the 1930's all over again... It's sad to see nothing has changed in all those years. As well as that book, if you want to really get into the mindset of a typical Rockstar salesman then you need to watch Terry Gilliam's movie "Brazil" (from 1985). As you will see, there is a method to their madness (marketing). They think it's all a big joke and they're laughing at you. Like you, those of us who finished playing Bully a long time ago all KNOW there was nothing bad about it in the slightest. It was just a fun great game and that's it. The concept that it needs to be "banned" is a complete joke to the few of us still able to think for ourselves. If there really needs to be ANY argument here at all, then what about something relevant? You know, like what about how *easily* a prosecuting lawyer like Alcindo Bastos can be bought as if he's nothing more than a used-car salesman for the Rockstar games-garage?? (Well hey, it wouldn't be the FIRST time Rockstar paid-off a loud-mouthed lawyer to call for their games to be "banned", would it?!?!) If I was a Brazilian citizen I wouldn't be too happy about THAT, and I'd be asking questions about why he is still in his job???? Better still, ignore the likes of him and Rockstar's historically dubious advertising methods completely. Or at least, how about just trying to enjoy them for the typically clever and amusing scams they come up with whenever a new game is due for release from the Rockstar used-car showroom? ;)

Hermes33
Hermes33

Someone caught this story on SKY News? Hey so did I. It was one of the the most blatant, transparent pieces of product-placement marketing I've ever seen, no doubt as part of that lawyer's pay-off in Brazil. I believe it was Edward L. Bernays who pioneered this deceptive sales technique - he talked about it in his book "Propaganda"; everyone should read it. If anyone needed further proof of its effectiveness then just read through these comments! It's amazing... it appears he was right about people's gullibility and being too proud to admit they've been scammed. It's like Adolf Hitler scamming the German populace in the 1930's all over again... It's sad to see nothing has changed in all those years. As well as that book, if you want to really get into the mindset of a typical Rockstar salesman then you need to watch Terry Gilliam's movie "Brazil" (from 1985). As you will see, there is a method to their madness (marketing). They think it's all a big joke and they're laughing at you. Like you, those of us who finished playing Bully a long time ago all KNOW there was nothing bad about it in the slightest. It was just a fun great game and that's it. The concept that it needs to be "banned" is a complete joke to the few of us still able to think for ourselves. If there really needs to be ANY argument here at all, then what about something relevant? You know, like what about how *easily* a prosecuting lawyer like Alcindo Bastos can be bought as if he's nothing more than a used-car salesman for the Rockstar games-garage?? (Well hey, it wouldn't be the FIRST time Rockstar paid-off a loud-mouthed lawyer to call for their games to be "banned", would it?!?!) If I was a Brazilian citizen I wouldn't be too happy about THAT, and I'd be asking questions about why he is still in his job???? Better still, ignore the likes of him and Rockstar's historically dubious advertising methods completely. Or at least, how about just trying to enjoy them for the typically clever and amusing scams they come up with whenever a new game is due for release from the Rockstar used-car showroom? ;)

Hermes33
Hermes33

Someone mentioned this was on SKY News? Hey I saw that too! It was one of the the most blatant, transparent pieces of product-placement marketing I've ever seen, no doubt as part of the Brazilian lawyer pay-off package. I think it was Edward L. Bernays who pioneered this deceptive sales technique - he talked about it in his book "Propaganda", everyone should read it. If anyone needed further proof of its effectiveness then just read through these comments! It's amazing... it appears he was right about most people being too gullible and proud to admit they've been scammed and lied to. It's just like Adolf Hitler scamming his German populace in the 1930's all over again! It's very sad to see nothing much has changed in all those years. Like you, those of us who finished playing Bully a long time ago all KNOW there was nothing bad about it! It was just a fun great game and that's it. The concept that it actually needs to be "banned" is a complete joke to those of us still able to think for ourselves. If there needs to be ANY argument here at all about anything, then what about something actually relevant?? You know, like what about how *easily* a prosecuting lawyer like Alcindo Bastos can be bribed and corrupted as if he's nothing more than a used-car salesman for the Rockstar games-garage?? If I was a Brazilian citizen I wouldn't be too happy about THAT, and I'd be asking questions about why he is still in his job???? Better still, ignore the likes of him and Rockstar's historically dubious advertising methods completely. Or at least, try and enjoy them for the typically clever and amusing scams they come up with whenever a new game is due for release from the Rockstar used-car showroom ;)

Hermes33
Hermes33

Someone mentioned this was on SKY News? Hey I saw that too! It was one of the the most blatant, transparent pieces of product-placement marketing I've ever seen, no doubt as part of the Brazilian lawyer pay-off package. I think it was Edward L. Bernays who pioneered this deceptive sales technique - he talked about it in his book "Propaganda", everyone should read it. If anyone needed further proof of its effectiveness then just read through these comments! It's amazing... it appears he was right about most people being too gullible and proud to admit they've been scammed and lied to. It's just like Adolf Hitler scamming his German populace in the 1930's all over again! It's very sad to see nothing much has changed in all those years. Like you, those of us who finished playing Bully a long time ago all KNOW there was nothing bad about it! It was just a fun great game and that's it. The concept that it actually needs to be "banned" is a complete joke to those of us still able to think for ourselves. If there needs to be ANY argument here at all about anything, then what about something actually relevant?? You know, like what about how *easily* a prosecuting lawyer like Alcindo Bastos can be bribed and corrupted as if he's nothing more than a used-car salesman for the Rockstar games-garage?? If I was a Brazilian citizen I wouldn't be too happy about THAT, and I'd be asking questions about why he is still in his job???? Better still, ignore the likes of him and Rockstar's historically dubious advertising methods completely. Or at least, try and enjoy them for the typically clever and amusing scams they come up with whenever a new game is due for release from the Rockstar used-car showroom ;)

Oinker
Oinker

As a gamer and a Brazilian, I can only be embarrassed... The whole idea of banning games is stupid. Anyone who kills somebody because of a game he played was already f***d up to begin with. Also, what the f*ck is up with other Brazilians here saying that we don't have topless beaches? Of course we do, just like most countries with seashores.

luisdeoliveira
luisdeoliveira

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luisdeoliveira
luisdeoliveira

Hi, I am from Porto Alegre in the state Rio Grande do Sul, really have much Xeat * written in this forum on my country and especially about my state, Brazil is very large and each region has different problems and qualities the southeast and south of where I belong are very intelligent as countries of the first world, the World Social Forum was born in my city then not talk about something that you do not know I never went to the USA and do not have the minimum desire to go and therefore do not have the right to talk things based only on what I see on television, and if the judge of my city decided to ban this game is that violence does not happen in schools equal those of the US, we have to accept more problems in games leading our young people to commit crimes within the schools. Brazil has beautiful cities even with all its defects as well as any city in the world! I actually advocate the idea that we are human independete of country and borders but as I see the world as a mere Latin American patriot I will be until the end and defend my country. If you are able to shudder of indignation every time you commit an injustice in the world, then we are companions Hug everyone. PS: before you ask something about my English when you visit my parents talking a Portuguese horrible I should take into consideration .. Kkkk

luisdeoliveira
luisdeoliveira

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Pfilosophy
Pfilosophy

This episode: GameSpot tackles foreign relations!

sllevy
sllevy

Hey, Toady1104, grown up. If you live in Brazil and don't know your own country, how can we expect the rest of the world to know us better. Perhaps you should quit gaming for a while and get back to school.

sllevy
sllevy

Wait a minute... HUGE porn industry??? As long as I know, most of the porn production (including sites, films and mags) are from the so called First World (US, Europe and Japan). And if Brazil has problems with drugs, that's because there are people from this same First World buying drugs and consequently financing this industry. Also, many of this problems are being solved. There are spots of extreme violence, most of them located in the city of Rio de Janeiro. But Brazil is "much more" then Rio, with more then 5.000 cities. And if we opted to preserve our children from exposure to unnecessary violence that's just a demonstration of our resolution to make a better country and a better world. So do not speak about things that you don't know.

luisfelipe11
luisfelipe11

You guys, are ridiculous... **** this site, we love live in Brazil, and you fellas are ****ers... What country have million of porn sites? What country have hurricanes? What country have students who enter in a class and kill everyone?