UK five-O want Reservoir Dogs deep-sixed

British police say Eidos' game based on Tarantino film goes too far with violence toward policemen.

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Eidos Interactive's Reservoir Dogs is set for release this October but not down under in Australia. The game has been banned by the Aussie ratings board because it has been deemed "ultra-violent."

"Yes, I wish to register a complaint about one of these confounded 'video games.'"

Now the game is causing another ruckus, this time across a different pond. Like the well-dressed bank robbers in the game, Reservoir Dogs is coming under attack by the police. The Yorkshire Post is reporting that several British police chiefs have condemned the game because of its violence toward police officers.

"Players can take police officers hostage and go on to burn out their eyes with a lit cigar, chop off their fingers with a cigar cutter, and hack off their ears using a scalpel, while [the police officers] plead for their lives and scream in pain," says the Post.

West Yorkshire Police Federation chairman Tom McGhie called the game a "sickening glorification of violence against police officers," according to the Post. "It's impossible to see how such a game can have anything other than a highly damaging effect on how people perceive and react to police officers."

Nevertheless, the Post says that the British Board of Film Classification has OK'd the game's release in the UK, and copies of the game are expected to hit store shelves in late August. Reservoir Dogs is scheduled for a US release on the PC, Xbox, and PlayStation 2 in October.

It seems that only Nazis and aliens are free to be blasted away in games these days. Another Eidos game, 25 to Life, was lambasted by politicians and peace officers for being antipolice, and a group of sex workers called for a ban on the Grand Theft Auto games, claiming gamers were rewarded for the "rape and murder of prostitutes."

Discussion

79 comments
HuxleyHobbes
HuxleyHobbes

Games don't drive me to violence. Idiots drive me to violence. Nice Monty Python usage though ;D

Guest_1001
Guest_1001

God, people hate the police as it is. The game of Resevoir Dogs isn't going to do the police any more damage than stand-up comedians, the Resevoir dogs movie and the police themselves have already done.

nsturner
nsturner

there complaining about how a policeman would scream for their life. what there trying to say is they dont but they would, i would. it would be painful to get your ear cut off.

mYslead
mYslead

i didn't know you could rape in GTA, it's not a rape if you have to PAY. Bunch of liars.

A_Dude64
A_Dude64

"oooooooooooo, im a cop and im so scared! its going to melt ppls minds and make them kill me!" thats wat the stupid cops r saying, ansd they, r, stoopid! its a GAME!! its not REAL! wat is wrong with these cops?!

Jebril
Jebril

It's not like anyone is going to buy this game anyway, it looks like crud.

oilwater8
oilwater8

lol it seems bandwagon nowadays that people attempt to sue or dismiss GTA

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

speak for yourself aus_pride, i like when the police stomp on my ribs.

jk80
jk80

I wouldn't like to play a game that involves torturing anybody while they beg for mercy. It's one thing to shoot people etc in games and in film, but torture is another kind of violence and not one I'd particularly like to play with in a game.

PyscoJuggalo
PyscoJuggalo

"I don't like the double standard (in other words hypocrisy) this shows. If the game had featured standard game "victims" the police group wouldn't have said a thing. What have they said in the past about other similar games .. nothing. But *now* they feel like they have to say something. Has everything that has gone before in games Ok? So GTA was OK and acceptable with the Police Fed? Did they ever say anything about the film when it was released?? hmm ... why not? " Ofcourse it is hypocrisy. These govenments want the fear and respect of authorities that enforce their will upon the populace. Never mind the fact,that most people who enjoy being in law enforcement,enjoy it for the power they gain over the average citizen. Cops and soldiers are not Saints

Scorpion16
Scorpion16

They would have better off keeping thier mouths shut because all this is going to do is draw more attention to the game.

DirtyRotten
DirtyRotten

Making a stink about videogames for any reason is a trend I'd like to see buried and forgotten. This story in particular sounds way too forced and desperate, the movie never caught any heat years ago but all of a sudden the video game version which isn't even out yet does? Somebody hit the reset button for Earth already.

Col-Neil
Col-Neil

more people with far to much time on there hands to **** and complain at video games that get taken to seriously by these morons

Domstercool
Domstercool

I can't believe he used the death of fellow police workers just to get a quick jab at games. He's trying to pass off fiction as facts in his statements. Heh, I won't be paying any attention anyway.

yulaw
yulaw

"Like the well-dressed bank robbers in the game, Reservoir Dogs is coming under attack by the police." Actually they were jewelry-store robbers...

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

i'm sensitive to their concerns but can i play this to the end first to formulate my own opinion?

DouthyUK
DouthyUK

"Oddly enough, we've yet to hear much complains on our continent about this game...nothing that can compare to the UK and Aussie-land. " Mabye thats a statement on the sanity of America ;P

Autolycus
Autolycus

when a police state becomes part of natural life(in the big 3(north america, europe, asia)), they don't want the people to fight back and this game gives em that enjoyment. personally i HATE police because i have been over 79 times(no joke, not even 28 yet) and profiled in every single direction. Been asked if was drunk or high a million different times(not literally) and im straight edge, so scre em;)

amogley
amogley

I don't like the double standard (in other words hypocrisy) this shows. If the game had featured standard game "victims" the police group wouldn't have said a thing. What have they said in the past about other similar games .. nothing. But *now* they feel like they have to say something. Has everything that has gone before in games Ok? So GTA was OK and acceptable with the Police Fed? Did they ever say anything about the film when it was released?? hmm ... why not?

rynmls
rynmls

well too bad for policemen, this gameplay is needed for this game to be appealing to the public...

laudude7
laudude7

Didn't anyone see Terminator 1?

zooecksonik06
zooecksonik06

Uh, "violence toward policemen"? Have they played Urban Chaos yet? (ahem, another Eidos title)

max_payne2015
max_payne2015

Having this game banned over here (australia) is going to promote one thing. Piracy and downloading games. wow great move OFLC

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

The people who can't see the difference between a interactive game medium and a non-interactive movie are exactly the type of people who will play this game and go on to do something stupid and damage the industry as a result. I swear sometimes I wish you needed a license to buy video games, don't care the age. This way everyone who plays them will take responsiblity for thier own choices and actions as they should be doing in the first place. If it seems like I'm irked at both sides, you're right!

NitroKat
NitroKat

Hummm......must....kill !!!

vaejas
vaejas

Release a mod that swaps the cop skins with Tarantino and I'll play it.

Platyphyllum
Platyphyllum

Well, I'm not interested in buying this but I agree with diablobasher, why do police condemn this one where there are so many other things like other games and movies that show police abuse? There's GTA: San Andreas and in that Silent Hill movie, Cybil got burned slowly, I don't know why this would be any different from GTA police violence but if gamers do go too far and start doing those kinds of stuff then I guess it would be alright for the police to condemn movies, books, and games thatinspire people to do those things.

relset
relset

ohh..that`s the stuff...the movie was cool...hope the game will be too!!

diablobasher
diablobasher

Im not interested in this game, never have been, game/movie crossovers and vica versa never work well. However, who in the HELL do our police officers think they are in trying to condemn it, there are countless countless movies and books out there where police officers are beaten up or portreyed in a less than upholding light, im reading one right now for example, its called The Yeare's Midnight by Ed O'Connor, in which one policeman goes mental and almost throws the man cheating on his wife off a cliff after abusing his position to find out ho the man was, and a police woman is brutally attacked, and kidnapped. Why in the hell is a game any different, people react wayyy too much to things like this, they need to just get the hell over it, or at least get there facts straight before they complain. There is no rape in GTA for example, this was something cooked up by misinformed idiots who think they know a game because they heard one or two things about it. (unless there is rape, but i never saw any while playing it) What you can do do someone in a game is no worse than what you can do to them in your imagination, and if you continue to condemn or lobby to ban games, then what people want to do to you in their imagination is far more likely to become reality than it would be if they were doing it in a game instead. Diablo

roareh
roareh

in gta i wait by the bridge in a truck so i can ram police cars off the edge into the river. BAN THAT SUCKERS!

aus_pride
aus_pride

this is bull**** it was banned here becuase it was voilent towards police officers but in real life they can tackle you to the ground and stomp on your ribs and thats ok!! This is a sad sad world we live in!!

jossco23
jossco23

this is the stupidest crap i ever heard who cares if you kill cops its a game its not like you really kill cops ive killed just about everything else in a game including cops

a_fuzzyduck
a_fuzzyduck

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Nico4
Nico4

Players can take police officers hostage and go on to burn out their eyes with a lit cigar, chop off their fingers with a cigar cutter, and hack off their ears using a scalpel. Call me sick but: YAY!!!

ultrazone
ultrazone

Oddly enough, we've yet to hear much complains on our continent about this game...nothing that can compare to the UK and Aussie-land.

AFireInside81
AFireInside81

dude the movie was awesome, games made after movies usually suck. its probably gonna hurt the movies rep but oh well. its a game, thats it. when you kill someone in a game its not like your actually taking lives away. f***, i mean dude ITS A GAME. get over it

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

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cesarotromundo
cesarotromundo

WELL, games are suppose to be just for fun not full of scandals... now, there is nothing that can make games MORE violent, or MORE sexual etc... there is no need to makes games extremely bloddy and full of gore... games CAN be fun without blood or sexual themes!

fenriz275
fenriz275

You know it's only a matter of time before some Nazis sue because COD promotes violence towards Nazis. With all the problems in the world today I have to say if you get upset because of a video game then you have too much time on your hands.

hellraiser6669
hellraiser6669

I can't f'n wait for this game. I'm hoping it dosen't suck, Games need to stop being banned though, unless countries want to see another prohibition esque era again, only this time with video games instead of alcohol.

solidusScott
solidusScott

they have obiviously never seen the movie. "marvin naaash..." lol

solidusScott
solidusScott

damn, this game is already getting flack and its not even out yet. oh well, this game looks like crap so who cares if it gets banned.

Lanowar
Lanowar

You know after everything said and done I bet this game won't even be that good, when are people going to learn that by making these statements all there doing is making people want to play it more...

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

Resovoir Dogs seems like a really trashy game to me. Torture and violence while people are pleading and others are standing around trying to help the hostage...that's going way too far. I'm glad it was banned in Australia, and I'm surprised it hasn't been banned in the UK, as well.

dagamer667
dagamer667

Can you also pin down Argentinians and then unload the magazine into their heads too?

doobist
doobist

"sickening glorification of violence against police officers," So the bobby's think glorification against everyone else is fine?

PyscoJuggalo
PyscoJuggalo

I know alot of cops that would be pissed if this game gets canceled......