Manhunt II a murder training device, says Laywer

Mikey 8 comments
Manhunt II a murder training device, says Laywer

Anti violent video game advocator Jack Thompson says the upcoming Nintendo Wii game, Manhunt II, is a murder simulator.

The game which requires users to hack and slash using the Wii remote, is taking more criticism than normal, probably due to Manhuntt II being among the first games on the Wii platform to carry an 'M' Rating.

Something you should be aware of though is the game is not even available yet, and Thompson and friends are making judgment based on the handful of screen shots and videos available online.

I think Thompson's heart is in the right place even if his actions are a little misguided. But seriously, kids already learned how to slash and hack from watching Star Wars and playing with their plastic light sabres. The is testament to that :-)

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Update: Manhunt II has been given a preliminary Adults Only rating.

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Monday 11th June 2007 | 06:19 PM

Anyone who goes out and mains another person because they saw it in a video game had problems to begin with. Games don't turn people into killers.

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Monday 11th June 2007 | 07:26 PM

Apply the same argument about guns here. A guy with a gun permit buys a gun, and then kills someone. Is the gun manufacturer responsible? Will the state take blame for giving a license to someone with homicidal tenancies? Good luck proving that one in court.

A young adult of legal mature age buys Manhunt game and then mimics what the game does and someone dies. Who is to blame here? The game maker?

The lawyers should be more concerned with the gun problem because there are a lot more regular gun related tragedies than there are video game related gun tragedies.

The ratings system on a side note is a farce. It implies that a 17 year old is more likely to be influenced by a violent game or movie than an 18 year old.

Here's the kicker - a less than mature age (varies in each state) person is not permitted to buy a gun, buy violent video games or walk into an M rated movie. But a mature age person, who has all the privileges that come with being in the mature age category (access to R rated materials, can purchase M rated video games, has eligibility for a gun permit) is allowed to buy a gun.

Can you see anything wrong here?

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Monday 11th June 2007 | 08:54 PM

Haha that Starwars kid is PURE GOLD!

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Monday 11th June 2007 | 09:01 PM

Holy crap it gets worse...


He winded up sueing his classmates, who found that video on put it online, for (CA) $300,000.

On the other hand:
"Ghyslain was so teased about the video, he dropped out of school and finished the semester at a children's psychiatric ward, according to a lawsuit filed in the Raza's hometown of Trois-Rivières, Quebec.

According to the suit, "Ghyslain had to endure, and still endures today, harassment and derision from his high-school mates and the public at large." He "will be under psychiatric care for an indefinite amount of time."

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Monday 11th June 2007 | 09:25 PM

"Holy crap it gets worse..."

Fark! Poor bastard.

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Thursday 14th June 2007 | 07:08 PM

*shrug*.. fool could hav turned a downthing into a major pull-factor.. lol.. but I guess some folks are just a bit delicate.

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Tuesday 19th June 2007 | 10:34 PM

Turns out its now banned in the UK">BBC Article

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Sunday 24th June 2007 | 09:22 PM">Gamespot are reporting Manhunt II has now been shelved (for the time being).

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