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“Manhunt 2” Banned in England is a Bloody Mess for Rockstar

Posted by Lolita Beckwith Categories: Video Games,

Rockstar LogoSometimes, we think the folks at Rockstar Games are crazy like a fox, as each year they enjoy a little free publicity when they release a controversial game, from just about every “Grand Theft Auto” (including the upcoming GTA IV), to “Bully”, which did not turn out to be “Grand Theft Auto“-in-a-school as uninformed politicians feared. Anyway, this year’s controversy surrounds “Manhunt 2”,  which has been banned by the British Board of Film Classification due to it‘s extreme violence. Due to be released on Nintendo Wii and Playstation 2 on July 2, the game is about an escaped mental patient who embarks on—you guessed it—a killing spree. How gruesome is it? One of the “death moves” involves sawing someone in half. Ouch. Rockstar has six weeks to appeal. The game is not yet rated in the US, but rumor is that the game will earn an “Adult’s Only” rating from the ESRB, while Rockstar is hoping for the somewhat lighter “Mature” rating.

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England School to Use PSP as An Educational Tool

Posted by Lolita Beckwith Categories: Handhelds, Video Games,

PSPIf you’re a gamer, you know that Sony’s Playstation Portable has an incredible amount of uses: UMD movies, music player, photo viewer, homebrew,

internet access, and, oh yeah, video games. Well, instructors at Holyhead Secondary School in Birmingham, England are about to test a new use: teaching aid. Over the past 2 months, Holyhead teachers have been learning how to create podcasts, download media, upload pupils’ schoolwork, and more with the PSP. Lorna Diprose, whose departure from Sony Marketing to teach French at Holyhead led to this test run, feels the PSP is “...just like a mini-computer…you can use it to tailor-make lessons for pupils who need support or stretching.” The PSPs start their new job right after Easter break and will last until the end of the school year. 

Read More | BBC News via Joystiq