p2pnet.net news:- International pressure has forced Take-Two Interactive to abandon attempts to launch its Manhunt 2 on July 10, the date it was supposed to ship for PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Nintendo Wii.
Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick describes the video game as “fine art,” but the industry friendly ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) has had to classify it Adults Only, which means it can’t be sold by the majority of American retailers.
But, “We believe in freedom of creative expression, as well as responsible marketing, both of which are essential to our business of making great entertainment,” GameSpot has Take-Two stating.
Sony and Nintendo have both officially refused to allow the game’s release in the United States in its current state, unless the AO-rating is changed on appeal, says the Wikipedia.
Why all the fuss?
Through its Rockstar Games, Take-Two already has a reputation of trying to sell brutally violent and sexually explicit videos which, by one means or another, can ultimately be easily accessed by children.
The first Manhunt game was banned in New Zealand and Australia because of its extreme content, and Manhunt 2 has similarly already been prohibited in Britain and Ireland.
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