Witchhunt. Bring your pitchforks. Jul 29, 2004 20:02:21 GMT
Post by JJ on Jul 29, 2004 20:02:21 GMT
Well, I'm sure a lot of you have heard by now that a 17-year old boy battered his friend to death with a claw hammer, and the boys parents have blamed Manhunt, as he was reportedly obsessed with it. It was all over ITV news, and todays Daily Mail.
Manhunt is being pulled from UK shelves as we speak. As of tomorrow, my sixth favourite game of all time will no longer be available to buy in Game, Dixons, PC World and Curry's. Possibly more will follow.
I'm angry and irritated beyond belief. I lent out the game last month to a friend and he gave it back to me yesterday. I have spent today getting reaquainted with its atmospheric genius, and suddenly all this happens. The Daily Mail, ITV and other news channels have covered it, and Rockstar may face legal action.
And what for? A scapegoat, to blame the psychological state of a sick individual on something that is universally enjoyed by others, critically acclaimed by the gaming press. Why are games still being treated like dirt? Why isn't anybody questioning the stores or the parents for allowing this kid to get a hold of the game in the first place?
I don't adore Manhunt for the ultra-violence, believe it or not. I'm not that shallow, but I am open-minded and I will praise a text if it manages to do much more than just stir up controversy. I thought Fight Club was frigging brilliant. I thought A Clockwork Orange was an excellent study of youth and society. I thought that Kill Bill was a filmmaking tour-de-force, and Tarantino's finest yet. And I think that Manhunt is an atmospheric and dramatic masterwork.
Ugh, and it's so frustrating to see another controversial gem being kicked in the nuts by the traditionalist old fuddy-duddies that run this country's media. I hate what this country has become sometimes. My dad believes everything he reads in the paper, as do many - the daily paper is their window to the world. He doesn't know what Manhunt is, all he knows it that it is evil and should be banned from all eyes.
I won't rant anymore. A travesty, and a sad day for the industry, I feel.