The decision of the BBFC to deny a rating to controversial game Manhunt 2 has effectively banned it in the UK – making it illegal for shops to sell the game. The game has similarly been on the receiving end of effective bans in the USA and elsewhere.

The BBFC recently issued a report on classification, and generally has a good relationship with the game industry in the UK, which makes the decision interesting. Some links for further reading below…

I’m going to quietly avoid making my own position clear, because I don’t think I have one here. I haven’t seen the game… I didn’t play the first one… but its no secret that Rockstar regularly push boundaries with their games – technical boundaries, gameplay boundaries and acceptability boundaries. Pushing too far on the limits of public acceptability has not paid off this time.

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