Rockstar baffled by High Court ruling

Creator of Manhunt 2 questions the decision by the High Court to send the game back to appeals committee.


Yesterday marked the latest episode in the almost year-long saga to try to get controversial horror action adventure game Manhunt 2 released in the UK. A judgment made in the High Court ruled that the Video Appeals Committee, which had granted the game an 18-certificate release in the UK, should reconsider its decision.

The crux of the decision rested on the interpretation of the word "harm," which the BBFC argued had been misinterpreted, resulting in an error of law.

Rockstar Games has hit back at the High Court's decision, which took place over a full day in the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday. The company states that it believes the game--which has already been released in the US--should now simply be released in the UK as well.

The company's statement said, "We believe the VAC decision was correct and do not understand the court's decision to expend further public resources to censor a game that contains content well within the bounds established by the BBFC's 18-plus ratings certification."

The same seven members of the original VAC will now reconvene and, in light of the direction from Mr Justice Mitting, reconsider their verdict. This decision is understood to be imminent.

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