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Manhunt 2 release saga continues

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343w ago - The developer of controversial video game Manhunt 2 has failed in its latest attempt to release the game in the UK.

A high court judge ruled that the Rockstar Games' title must be re-evaluated by an appeals committee.

The violent game was first banned in June 2007 and has since been subject to numerous reviews and court cases.

Developer Rockstar Games said it did not understand the decision to spend public money repeating a certification process it had already passed.

The latest court case is the result of a ruling in December 2007 that allowed British censors to fight a decision by the Video Appeals Committee (VAC), which said the game could be classified and released.

The British Board of Film Classification's successfully argued that the game had been approved for release on a misinterpretation of the law.

The latest ruling means that the VAC must now re-evaluate the game under new guidelines.

But the game's developers believe the move is expensive and unnecessary.

"We believe the Video Appeals Committee decision was correct and do not understand the court's decision to expend further public resources to censor a game that contains content well within the bounds established by the British Board of Film Classification's 18-plus...
 

PS3 Rocket Launch Riot Gameplay video available!

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349w ago - Bring out the big guns for this online shootout!

Video below, courtesy of GameTrailers:




 

Rock Band PS3 Guitar Compatibility Patch Delay Reason Confirmed

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349w ago - It turns out that the reason for the delay of the PS3 guitar compatibility patch for Rock Band (to allow use of the GH3 guitar in Rock Band I assume), is actually continued objections from Activision, as previous rumors had suggested.

Many angered gamers are now sending hate mail to Activision, as well as boycotting their products.
 

Manhunt 2 title wins ban appeal

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349w ago - The developer of Manhunt 2 has won its appeal to force the British Board of Film Classification to look again at its ban on the game's release.

The game has twice been rejected by the BBFC for certification, effectively banning the game for sale in the UK.

Developers Rockstar contested the ban at the Video Appeals Committee, which ruled in the firm's favour.

The game could now go on sale, if the BBFC, which is "considering the judgement", takes no further action.

In a statement, Rockstar said: "We are committed to making great interactive entertainment, while also marketing our products responsibly and supporting an effective rating system.

"We are pleased that the decision of the VAC has recognised that Manhunt 2 is well within the bounds established by other 18+ rated entertainment."

David Cooke, director of the BBFC, said the body "exercised great vigilance and care in ensuring that all violent games which are submitted to us are correctly classified".

He said the body had twice rejected the game "for its focus on varied and cumulative killings".

'Serious step'

He added: "We recognse that rejection is a very serious step, in which the desire of publishers to market their games, and that of gamers to buy them, must...
 

Rumor: Activision behind Rock Band PS3 compatibility patch delay?

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350w ago - If you own a PS3 and are at all interested in music games, you would know about the problem of guitar compatibility with the PS3 version of Rock Band, being that only the instruments that come bundled with the Rock Band special edition work with the game as of right now.

According to hmxsean of the Rock Band forums, a patch addressing guitar compatibility has been completed by Harmonix and ready for release for a week now.

However, something is holding up its release, and nobody has a concrete answer.
 
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