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The would-be publisher of violent stealth-action game Manhunt 2 has vowed to release the controversial title following its outright banning in the UK and its de facto banning in the US. Take-Two Interactive executives said the company stood by the title, which it called "art," and promised it would eventually see a release.
Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelman stressed that he believed the company took its social responsibility very seriously. "We also have hundreds of extraordinarily talented people who have worked on this title for three years, and supporting their creative vision and bringing it to consumers as unvarnished and unchanged as possible is crucial to us," he said during the call.
The chairman added that Take-Two subsidiary Rockstar Games, which publishes Manhunt and the Grand Theft Auto series, sees itself as a producer of games rated M for Mature. However, Zelman did say Take-Two would stand by its game, even if it bore the dreaded AO for Adults Only rating. "We don't see ourselves in the Adults Only business," he told analysts listening to the call. "Having said that, if we find ourselves in the Adults Only business, it would be because we have a title that we consider art and entertainment, that we consider if appropriately labelled AO, and that we would like to bring to market."
Zelman also was critical of the American rating system, where the game received an Adults Only rating from the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, a certificate intended to ensure that products don't make it into the hands of those under 18. However, the majority of major retailers refuse to stock adult only rated products, and Sony and Nintendo also refuse to allow AO rated games on to their consoles.
The chairman pondered, "What is the purpose of a rating if it means effectively that a title cannot be released?...Having a rating that we don't think is appropriate is one issue, obviously, and a separate issue would be if we feel the rating is appropriate and we can't bring it to market…that seems somewhat nonsensical."
This kicks ass I can't wait to play it so glad it's not getting censored
sweet im definetly buying it
Serious business in here.
Contrary to popular belief, I'm not religious. My friend picked my name.
No one is going to sell it, and those who do are going to have many protests from the man with the smallest penis on Earth, known to you as Jack Thompson
Far away, across the field, the tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees, to hear the softly spoken magic spells.......
I was obsessed with the first for the longest time, and when I heard they might plan on censoring it, I broke down in tears.
Yay for no censors.
Score one for the good guys I can't wait for that game to come out.
All this bullshit will play directly into the hands of Rockstar, including here in the UK, where I bet it will be phenomenally popular.
Rockstar are the masters at heating up the censors to earn themselves more money. Everything that is controversial is even more tempting to analyse and understand. Censors didn't stop the Sex Pistols, or Me So Horny, or Bodycount - in fact, I'm sure you can all think of thousands of examples.
Yeah I am going to get it. I think it is banned in most of the U.K for some reason.
Why would it get an AO rating? I know it's very violent, but is that all it's getting an AO rating threat for?
At 7/10/07 02:43 PM, Magic-Waffle wrote: Why would it get an AO rating? I know it's very violent, but is that all it's getting an AO rating threat for?
I think the fact that on the wii version it atchually makes you do a cutting/sawing motion up the guys groing ups the rating a bit too.
It's not going to be banned if people want to play it. The public is retarded in the point that they think once you play a game like this you quit your day job and start Chris Benoit'ing people. A game is a game and people who play it are mature enough to understand this.
I wanted this on the Wii for the stress relieving and the sheer fun it was going to be to stab people by making the motion.
At 7/10/07 02:37 PM, devilchrono wrote: Ok once again I would like to point out that not once did they mention releasing the game. He only stated that it was a work of art that the entire company stands by. This game has been shelved.
"Take-Two Interactive executives said the company stood by the title, which it called "art," and promised it would eventually see a release ."
I cant wait for this game. It is complete bullshit that an adult only rating stops it being sold in certain stores. Might as well call it a noone rating. Adults cant even play adult only, wtf is with that.
I am very disappointed nintendo and sony would proclaim no adult only rated game would come to their consoles.. gaming for adults was just getting so promising
Can't wait to get it for the Wii.
there's a little thing called "begging your parents because you are underage".
They should sell it completely via internet, and every store that wouldn't have sold it can suck their own ass. Seriously, I thought Manhunt 1 was just a shitty game, but it was pretty violent. I AM intrigued how they could make it so offensive. The game probably still sucks, though.