Manhunt 2 Catches More Heat

Posted: Nov 2 2007, 12:55pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 4:39am CDT, in News | Gaming

Manhunt 2 Catches More Heat
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Manhunt 2 has been the video game of 2007 that has caught the most heat for its violent gameplay. The controversy was so bad that the game had to be reworked to achieve a M rating rather than the AO (adults only) rating the ESRB originally gave the title.

Now that Manhunt 2 has achieved its “M” rating from the ESRB, it again catches heat for its violent gameplay. This time the rants and demands that the game not be sold are coming from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI is demanding that the game be recalled or modified because it is based on irresponsible, stereotyped portrayal of people with mental illnesses.

NAMI executive director Mike Fitzpatrick issued the following statement, "NAMI asks Rockstar Games to recall or further modify the videogame Manhunt2 due to its irresponsible, stereotyped portrayal of mental illness. We also ask retailers to be responsible in responding to public health concerns. Even though some people may consider Manhunt2 to be only a game, it unfortunately perpetuates and reinforces cruel, inaccurate perceptions that people who live with mental illnesses are violent. The U.S. Surgeon General has condemned such stigmatization, identifying fear of stigma as a major barrier to people getting help when they need it. The overall contribution of mental illnesses to violence in society is exceptionally small. In fact, people living with mental illness are far more likely to be victims of violence.”

I just don’t get this sort of statement. Last night I watched a movie called “Mr. Brooks” the main character was a serial killer who had some sort of split personality disorder. Why is it when movies come out portraying mentally ill people as violent we seldom hear the sort of statements NAMI is issuing? Let a video game come out portraying similar content to a movie and the haters are out in droves.

Why do people take so much offence from video games? Ever pick up a book by Stephen King? Many of his characters are mentally ill and are prone to be exceptionally violent. The Shining is a perfect example. I can’t recall ever seeing so many people worked up over a book with violent and graphic storylines. I think video games are looked down upon because associations and people that issue this sort of statements against video games simply aren’t aware of the demographics of gamers these days.

This isn’t a kid’s game, maybe that’s what people don’t get. Gamers aren’t all kids these days. Your average gamers are people my age (mid 20's to mid 30's) with the disposable income to buy $500 console systems and keep gaming PCs that run upwards of $5,000. Every time I read something like this it irks the hell out of me and seems to me to be more an attempt to get an association attention than anything else.

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