Bully Banned in Brazil
Rockstar’s Bully video game has been banned in Brazil as of Friday. Judge Flavio Rabello has ruled that the game can no longer be imported, sold, distributed or promoted on websites and in stores in the country. Retailers now have 30 days to comply with the ban.
“The aggravating factor is that everything in the game takes place inside a school,” Rio Grande do Sul state prosecutor Alcindo Bastos said. “That is not acceptable.” JPF Maggazine is the main distributor for the title in Brazil, but did not comment on the ban or indicate in any way yet whether it wants to appeal or not.
The request for a ban of the game, which lets players act out the life of a 15-year-old student, came from a local youth support center. Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. spokesman Edward Nebb said the decision will “prevent Brazilian consumers from enjoying ‘Bully: Scholarship Edition,’ it will not have a material impact on the sales of this popular title.”
As in the UK ASA banning Kane & Lynch ads; isn’t it a bit late to be banning a title that was released October 2006?