NIMF on Manhunt 2

The National Institute on Media and the Family has issued a statement relating to the AO rating given to Manhunt 2, and the subsequent fallout of that decision. In gloating: "Hopefully Take-Two has learned from its Manhunt 2 experience and will undertake preventive measures to ensure its future games, including Grand Theft Auto IV, are appropriate for families and gamers," they seem to be opining that there aren't any adult gamers, so games targeted at adults are inappropriate:
Minneapolis - The National Institute on Media and the Family today released the following statement in response to Take-Two Interactive Software’s decision to “temporarily suspend” distribution of Manhunt 2. This announcement was in response to the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) issuing an “Adults-Only” rating for the game and Nintendo and Sony’s decisions to deny Manhunt 2 a license for their products.

“Take-Two’s decision to temporarily suspend distribution of Manhunt 2 is a victory for parents and children.

“Because of the their thoughtful decision to give Manhunt 2 its strongest rating, “Adults-Only,” the ESRB has sent a strong message to Take-Two and other game makers that they no longer can push the envelope on gratuitous violence in video games. The ESRB showed real leadership in assigning this rating and further evidence it is making significant progress in keeping extremely violent and graphic materials out of children’s hands.

“Hopefully Take-Two has learned from its Manhunt 2 experience and will undertake preventive measures to ensure its future games, including Grand Theft Auto IV, are appropriate for families and gamers.

“As gaming technology continues to change, we hope to continue to work with the ESRB to ensure that future games have appropriate content and context for children. The uniqueness of Nintendo’s Wii gives game raters a new challenge when it comes to first-player shooter games. We take the ESRB’s decision about Manhunt 2 as a positive step in addressing this new challenge.”
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Ok, in retrospect i'll admit it is censorship (don't post when you're in a bad mood at work kids :)), but not the way most people are describing it.
The majority of people are decrying it as if governments are trying to stamp their mark on the people, as if suddenly having the ability to play one game removed is an attack on civil liberties. Or as if they're banning certain products to sway the general opinion of the populace.

It's not... Ok, on the surface it seems like its just pandering to the media (anyone in the UK could liken it to the racism rows with regards to Big Brother), but deep down there could be real problems if such garbage was released.

It's simply been decided by a governing body that the game serves no real value and leaving it in the wild unchecked will simply allow it to get into the hands of impressionable people.
Now i'm not saying its you (the readers of Blues) or the majority of the people who are actually affected by the ban (mature gamers) but given the general slack level of parenting across the world at the moment with regards to mature-rated products, it would only be seen as a weakness not to take the stance that was made.
If they let the game get released on the Wii, it's likely to be mere days before some 12 year old kid plays it over his friends house and then goes home to garrote his little brother with the Wii-mote strap.

I hate to sound like Helen Lovejoy, but someone really needs to think of the potentially dangerous events that could happen should one isolated impressionable child who like re-enacting what he sees manages to somehow play Manhunt 2.

Prevention is better than a cure and all that...

ok... </dismounts soapbox>

I'm off to run from some cops in Most Wanted, then i'm gonna finish playing F.E.A.R.

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