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Manhunt 2 News | Kent MP Slams BBFC over Manhunt 2 Release
<p> <a href="http://www.kentonline.co.uk/news/default.asp?article_id=39334" target="_blank">Kent
Online</a> is reporting that Julian Brazier, a Kent MP, has blasted the BBFC
over the announcement that Manhunt 2 will be released in the UK.</p>
<blockquote>
<p>This shows once again that the BBFC and its appeals system do not meet the
concerns of the public. The public wants a significant tightening up in this
vital area.We need a consensus that videos and video games involving extreme
violence are extremely anti-social.Watching these things happen does affect
people&#8217;s behaviour.We&#8217;ve got to recognise that there&#8217;s a
strong link between what people watch and what they do.</p>

</blockquote>
<p>Today also saw the release of the Byron Review which was commissioned by Prime
Minister, Gordon Brown late last year. As expected the results of which were
in favour of single age rating system for games, the BBFC will be rating all
games that fall under the 12, 15 and 18 categories, previously they dealt with
games that fall under the 15 or 18 categories. Games rated for below the age
of 12 will continue to be rated by PEGI.</p>
<p>Anyone in the UK that has turned a news channel on today has likely seen just
how much coverage this issue has been getting, for those that are unable to
view these broadcasts you can rest assured that Manhunt, Manhunt 2 and Grand
Theft Auto: Vice City have been the games primarily shown while discussing the
issue. They do not mention the games directly but they continue to air the trailers
for the games. My favourite of them all though has to be the ITV broadcasts
that show some kids playing Bioshock on the Nintendo Wii, I had no idea it was
out for the Wii&#8230;</p>
<p>As a reminder, tonight will also see the release of the fourth Grand Theft
Auto IV trailer by <a href="http://www.rockstargames.com/IV/#?page=videos" target="_blank">Rockstar
Games</a>. Titled 'Good Lord, What Are You Doing?' AKA 'Everyone's a Rat&#8217;;
this will be the last trailer before the launch of the game at the end of April.</p>
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Posted on: Mar 27 05:58 pm 2008 by: pogo


Manhunt 2 News | Chances of EA Publishing Manhunt 2 / GTA IV?
<p> <a href="http://www.mcvuk.com/news/29969/BBFC-to-get-the-axe-after-Manhunt-madness" target="_blank">MCV</a>
has asked a few videogame industry analysts about the chances of Manhunt 2 or
Grand Theft Auto IV being released as an EA published game rather than Take-Two.</p>
<p>The analysts appear to be in conflict over the chances of the games being released
by EA with Nicholas Lovell and Nick Parker believing it is a possibility while
David Cole, Colin Sebastian and the seemingly to-go-to man when it concerns
commenting on the current state of Take-Two Michael Pachter believing that there
simply isn't enough time for them to be released under the EA banner.</p>
<p>Lodestar freelance analyst Nicholas Lovell: </p>
<blockquote>
<p>I do believe GTA IV will be an EA game. Whether it is the same game that
it would have been under Take Two remains to be seen. </p>
<p>I could also imagine EA trying to keep the Rockstar brand as an edgier label,
in the same way that wholesome, family-friendly Disney released films like
Pulp Fiction or Gangs of New York under the Miramax label.</p>
</blockquote>
<p>Parker Consulting&#8217;s Nick Parker: </p>

<blockquote>
<p>The timing is crucial &#8211; hostile bids can take a long time to resolve
and who knows T2 may be successful in defending it. If EA succeeds, it should
benefit from some of the GTAIV revenues although the reason to buy T2 should
be based on longer term potential of all IPs, not just on this year&#8217;s
results.</p>
</blockquote>
<p>Wedbush Morgan&#8217;s Michael Pachter: </p>
<blockquote>
<p>The deal won't close for two or three months, so neither GTA IV nor Manhunt
2 will be released under EA's watch (unless, of course, one or the other is
further delayed).</p>
</blockquote>
<p>DFC Intelligence president David Cole: </p>
<blockquote>
<p>A takeover like this will take some time. For one it has to get regulatory
approval. I don&#8217;t think there is any way GTAIV would be an EA game before
release.</p>

</blockquote>
<p>Lazard Capital Markets&#8217; Colin Sebastian: </p>
<blockquote>
<p>I doubt that EA could close a transaction so quickly, but clearly they would
like to capture as much GTA revenue as possible this year.</p>
</blockquote>
<p>For those that haven&#8217;t been keeping up to date with these events, the
bid by EA to buyout Take-Two Interactive has recently turned into a hostile
takeover attempt, whereby EA is attempting to purchase the company through shares
and against the board of directors at Take-Two' own will. A move that has been
labelled &#8216;<a href="http://www.mcvuk.com/news/29962/EAs-Take-Two-bid-the-most-hostile-in-history" target="_blank">the
most hostile in history</a>&#8217;.</p>
<p>Personally I don&#8217;t see either Manhunt 2 or Grand Theft Auto IV being
published by EA, for one the move would be disruptive to the release of both
games and two, as mentioned by some of the analysts there simply is not enough
time left before these games are released to make this possible.</p>

<p>The only thing that is for sure is that EA have their focus set on acquiring
Take-Two, a move which will become more difficult after the release of Grand
Theft Auto IV. With any luck Take-Two will be able to stall the process, the
company appears to have a strong line-up of games in the pipeline through until
the end of 2009, if all the games hit their mark then they should be able to
prevent the takeover.</p>
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Posted on: Mar 22 09:37 pm 2008 by: pogo


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Manhunt 2 News | VAC/BBFC News Roundup
<p> <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/manhunt-2-verdict-43-close-call-268140" target="_blank">Tech
Radar</a> have an exclusive running which names the 7 members on the Manhunt
2 Video Appeals Committee, they have said that the BBFC gave them the names
after they sent emails asking for information but the BBFC did not say who voted
in favour and who didn't, these are the seven people involved:</p>
<blockquote>
<p><strong>John Wood</strong> - VAC president, former director of serious fraud
office<br>

<strong>Biddy Baxter</strong> - TV producer<br>
<strong>Barry Davies</strong> - former deputy director of social services
and chair of area child protection committee<br>
<strong>Pauline Grey</strong> &#8211; district chairman of the tribunal service
and member of the gender recognition panel<br>
<strong>Prof John Last</strong> &#8211; former lay member of the press council,
lay member of bar standards board, visiting professor at City University<br>

<strong>Dr. Neville March-Hunnings</strong> - lawyer, author of &#8216;Film
Censors and the Law&#8217;<br>
<strong>Dr. Sara Levene</strong> - Paediatric safety consultant.</p>
</blockquote>
<p> Tech Radar have said that they intend to speak to as many of the seven people
as they possibly can in an effort to find out their thoughts on Manhunt 2, video
classification and the forthcoming Byron review, they also promise regular updates
on what information they receive back.</p>
<p>Also on <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/manhunt-2-rockstars-lawyer-speaks-out-268088" target="_blank">Tech
Radar</a> by way of an exclusive, they have been in contact with Rockstar's
lawyer Lawrence Abramson who has made comments on both the BBFC and VAC saying
that appeals are flawed because of a lack of game players, here is what Mr,
Abramson had to say:</p>

<blockquote>
<p>The problem as I see it with the current system of classification is that
the members of the Video Appeals Committee do not as a general rule play games.
Games are becoming more and more complicated and difficult to play; the experience
one gets from playing a game is very different to the experience one gets
from watching somebody else play it.</p>
<p>And so we find ourselves in the position on appeals that the body charged
with determining the appeal are incapable of replicating the experience on
which they are supposed to be sitting in judgment. I understand that Tanya
Byron is expected to recommend that the regulation of games is taken outside
of the BBFC/VAC procedure altogether and that instead the role of PEGI should
be enhanced.</p>
</blockquote>
<p> Does anyone think that PEGI will be able to rate all games in the UK at some
point? It would save any rejected games bouncing back and forth between the
BBFC and the VAC and then the high courts. If the past 9 months or so with Manhunt
2 is to be any indication then things need to change in regards to how the system
works so that a rejected game can not only be appealed quicker but that the
people who review the appeal have the final say since at the moment the BBFC
can appeal an appeal decision by the VAC which doesn't make much sense.</p>
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Posted on: Mar 19 08:09 pm 2008 by: lazlow


Manhunt 2 News | UK Government Stand by Manhunt 2 Release
<p> <a href="http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=34210" target="_blank">GamesIndustry.biz</a>
has received word from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport that it will
not intervene in the release of Manhunt 2 in the United Kingdom and that the
issue is a matter of discussion between the BBFC and VAC. The DCM&S is sanctioned
by the government in the United Kingdom to handle the responsibility of culture
and sport.</p>
<blockquote>
<p>The classification of Manhunt 2 is a matter for the BBFC and the Video Appeals
Committee. It is important to note that there is no conclusive evidence of
any link between playing computer games and violent behaviour in real life.
Our concern is to make sure that inappropriate material is kept away from
children.</p>
<p>The Prime Minister asked Dr Tanya Byron to lead a review to assess the effectiveness
and adequacy of existing measures to help prevent children from being exposed
to harmful or inappropriate material in videogames and on the internet, and
to make recommendations for improvements or additional action.</p>
<p>Dr Byron's review will be published shortly and Ministers will give careful
consideration to any recommendations then.</p>
</blockquote>
<p>I am sure someone else will complain about the game being released and likely
sooner rather than later.</p>

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Posted on: Mar 16 09:14 pm 2008 by: pogo


Site News & Updates | Forum Upgrade
<p> As you might have noticed over the past few hours the forum has been down
so that we could do some maintenance. We have upgraded the forum to the latest
version of phpBB and over the next few days we will be working on sorting issues
that have come up due to the upgrade. The forum is online so head over there
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Posted on: Mar 14 11:31 pm 2008 by: lazlow


Manhunt 2 News | Manhunt 2 Finally Granted UK Release!!!!
<p> The <a href="http://www.bbfc.co.uk/news/press/20080314.html" target="_blank">BBFC</a>
have said via a press release that the Video Appeals Committee have announced
the results of their reconsideration of Manhunt 2 and with a majority vote of
four to three VAC have decided for the second time that Manhunt 2 deserves an
18 certificate. In the press release the BBFC have said that in light of this
they have no other alternative but to issue the game a rating of 18, Director
of the BBFC David Cooke made the following statement:</p>
<blockquote>
<p>As I have said previously, we never take rejection decisions lightly, and
they always involve a complex balance of considerations. We twice rejected
Manhunt 2, and then pursued a judicial review challenge, because we considered,
after exceptionally thorough examination, that it posed a real potential harm
risk. However, the Video Appeals Committee has again exercised its independent
scrutiny. It is now clear, in the light of this decision, and our legal advice,
that we have no alternative but to issue an &#8216;18&#8217; certificate to
the game.</p>
</blockquote>
<p> Rockstar Games have also issued the following statement regarding the news:</p>

<blockquote>
<p>We are pleased that the VAC has reaffirmed its decision recognizing that
Manhunt 2 is well within the bounds established by other 18+ rated entertainment.
Rockstar Games is committed to making great interactive entertainment, while
also marketing our products responsibly and supporting an effective rating
system.</p>
</blockquote>
<p> Finally, it has took awhile but the BBFC have backed down, I am thinking the
game could now have a possible May release although it could be earlier with
GTA IV coming out at the end of April, hopefully we receive some news on a release
date from Rockstar shortly. Before I forget the decision is for the edited version
of the game that came out in North America and not the original version that
some had suspected was going through the appeals process.</p>
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Posted on: Mar 14 06:09 pm 2008 by: lazlow


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