Feeds

High Court orders Manhunt 2 release to be re-evaluated

Gory game to hit the shelves at last?

Reducing security risks from open source software

The controversial ‘slasher’ videogame Manhunt 2 is to be re-assessed by the UK's Video Appeals Committee (VAC) after the High Court this week judged its decision that the game should be released was legally flawed.

Manhunt2

Rockstar's Manhunt 2: release to be re-evaluated

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) ruled in October 2007 that the game is too violent to be allowed on UK shelves, but developer Rockstar appealed against that verdict.

Reviewing the appeal, the VAC said the game should be given a release in the UK.

However, following a day-long hearing at the English High Court yesterday, Mr Justice Mitting noted that the VAC based its initial decision on the game’s likelihood to cause "devastating harm". He said that the law made no mention of this degree of damage, and that the VAC should therefore reconsider its decision.

A spokeswoman for the BBFC told Register Hardware that it will decide on its next course of action once the VAC has re-assessed the game. “There are adults who could be classed as vulnerable and we’re legally bound to protect them from games like Manhunt 2, as well as children,” she said.

It’s impossible to speculate, at this stage, what the seven-member VAC panel’s second verdict will be. But the original ruling was a close one: When it originally ruled against the BBFC’s ban, the VAC’s decision was based on four people in favour of the game’s UK sale and three against.

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.