Petition against Manhunt 2 ban gathers pace
A petition has been set up on the official Number 10 Downing Street Web site to protest the British Board of Film Classification's recent decision to refuse a rating for Rockstar Games' Manhunt 2 game. So far 1,045 signatures have been gathered from British citizens living at home or overseas who...
The petition, titled "We the undersigned petiiton the British Prime Minister to restrict the powers of the BBFC with regard to the banning of video games," will be collecting signatures until the deadline of August 26, reads as follows: "The BBFC have recently refused to rate the videogame Manhunt 2. As such, adults in this country will never be allowed to play this game. Adults should be allowed to make their own decisions with regard to what videogames they want to play. We all understand that this game is extremely violent and unsuitable for children. As such an 18 rating should have been applied."
Manhunt 2 was the first game in the UK to be denied a rating from the BBFC in 10 years. The first, Carmaggedon, had the decision overturned on appeal and was subsequently released. The ratings board cited reasons such as the title's "unremitting bleakness" and "casual sadism" as the reasoning behind the Manhunt 2 ban.
In the US, Manhunt 2 was rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board as AO for Adults Only, a rating which Nintendo and Sony do not allow on their console systems, and as such, effectively banned the title in America as well. Take-Two has suspended its plans to release the game while it "reviews its options."