Bully Banned in Brazil

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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?

via Afterdawn

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5 Comments on Bully Banned in Brazil

john

On April 13, 2008 at 8:10 pm

Damn Brazilian court!

freak

On April 14, 2008 at 4:21 am

another stupid act by government. such as allowed sex scene in movie, but not banned bikini scene in game…..

mooshimooshi

On April 14, 2008 at 10:13 am

this coming from a country that is like the biggest producer of bestiality in the world. yah, ok.

justsomeguy

On July 1, 2008 at 9:28 pm

these brizilians are really weird and a little over dramitic

sorpaqq

On September 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm

This is the most retarded thing ever, so this judge is saying that games like Modern Warfare 2 and Manhunt where you kill multiple people are okay but a game like Bully where the main objective of the game is to protect weaker kids from bullies is not acceptable? Man, Spock would have a field day with this one, maybe even a field year.