Ireland Imposes its First Ban on a Video Game

21 de junio de 2007

June 21 (LPAC) --The British Broadcast Corporation reports that Ireland on June 20 imposed its first ban on a video game. The game is "Manhunt 2," by Rockstar Games, the same company that makes "Grand Theft Auto." BBC notes that the United Kingdom has also banned this game.

Irish film censor John Kellenher issued a statement saying that there is no context, and that the level of gross, unrelenting and gratuitous violence is unacceptable.

"Manhunt 2," scheduled for July 10 release on Nintendo's Wii and Sony's Playstation 2 consoles, depicts the escape of an amnesiac scientist and a psychotic killer from an asylum, and their subsequent epic killing spree.

Rockstar Games is seeking to overturn the ban on the grounds that the game is "a fine piece of art." Rockstar said it would fight the ban on a country by country basis.