Have you heard about this video game?

It should be banned. Here is a description from an article explaining why "Manhunt 2" has been banned in Great Britain:

"Manhunt 2 is distinguishable from recent high-end video games by its unremitting bleakness and callousness of tone in an overall game context which constantly encourages visceral killing with exceptionally little alleviation or distancing.

"There is sustained and cumulative casual sadism in the way in which these killings are committed, and encouraged, in the game," he continued.

Source: http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=77988

Comments

Teddy said…
Who decides what video games are banned? After video games are band, should some movies be banded too?
Susie said…
Any game that encourages someone to learn how to successfully kill another person, through physical interaction, is not a game that is appropriate. Ask any woman who has been a victim of domestic violence. Ask any young man or woman who has been a victim of a hate crime. The difference between this game and a movie or book is that it encourages skill building in a perverse way, allowing someone not only to experience an event visually but to physically participate in it as well. Getting all righteously first amendment on me is not going to change my mind. Free speech does not apply to this game because it has nothing to do with speech or expression of artistic endeavor. Get real.
Susie said…
Additionally, would you support a game that encouraged the vicarious experience of killing Iraqi's? Soldiers? Would you want to replay the hostage situation on Flight 93? Or any of the other 9/11 flights where terrorists slit throats and did other equally terrible things? Do you really think it is right to live out a physical fantasy of killing another person?

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