Hot Coffee Part Deux: ESRB Urged to Restore Manhunt AO Rating
You know by now that the content that was modified in Manhunt 2 to appease the ESRB was not removed from the game, but rather covered up in a similar fashion to the Hot Coffee incident with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Naturally, hackers have gotten into that content, instantly providing any and all anti-videogame individuals with ammunition to say that the content is readily available to children. Uh huh.
The Parents Television Council has sent a letter to ESRB prez Patricia Vance, asking that Manhunt 2’s Adults Only rating be restored. The PTC’s Tim Winter stated, “If a publisher wishes to ‘edit out’ pertinent content from a final product, it must remove the content from the disc altogether.”
Immediately reinstate the ‘Adults Only’ rating for this game. This action is consistent with ESRB precedent as demonstrated in the Grand Theft Auto controversy surrounding the ‘hot coffee’ content.
Immediately suspend all ESRB review or consideration of any other software published by Rockstar or Take-Two Interactive. Given the clear pattern of contempt by Rockstar and Take-Two, these firms have breached the trust of the entire video game rating system. In fact, to quote your words from the Grand Theft Auto matter, Rockstar has ‘seriously undermined…the credibility and utility’ of the ratings system.
Immediately disclose the content that was allegedly removed by Rockstar from Manhunt 2 so that parents can have a clear understanding of exactly what remains on those games which potentially can be accessed by their children.
Can you say, “That is not our policy”?