Rumors have been floating around the 'net that Sega's controversial title Madworld may be banned in certain countries due to it's excessive violence and gore.
Media watchdog group mediawatch-UK were all for the banning, claiming that they "believe it will spoil the family fun image of the Wii" if the game is released.
Well, gamers weren't too happy with Mediawatch-UK's views, and they were soon bombarded with hundreds of angry emails diagreeing with their point of view. Unfortunately, the media watchdog hasn't backed down on their stance on MadWorld's banning.
This is from Mediawatch UKs Autum Newsletter. Everyones favourite
self appointed moral guardians are quite peterbed by the hositle
emails they got from video game fans after Beyers calls for the game
MadWorld to be refused a certificate by the BBFC.
John Beyer, director of mediawatch-uk, said: This game sounds very
unsavoury. I hope the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)
will view this with concern and decide it should not be granted a
classification. Without that it cannot be marketed in Britain.
We need to ensure that modern and civilized values take priority
rather than killing and maiming people. It seems a shame that the
games manufacturer has decided to release this game exclusively on
the Wii. I believe it will spoil the fun for all the family image
of the Wii.
Within hours of these remarks being published a rain of hostile
emails from gamers poured into our office telling us to shut the
*bleep* up, suggesting that we have got our knickers in a twist,
demanding, as though we were on trial for an heinous crime, to know
what right we had to impose our narrow minded bigotry on them and
stopping them playing an adult game of their choice.
Others, of a more sober character, asked reasonably why we should be
so concerned about games when there was so much violence in films and
on television! We were also accused us of being cowards for not
responding properly to belligerent strictures and one `emailer
observed glibly that violent acts are not a symptom of video games
and films, but rather the human condition. Another said: If you
dont like violent content, dont view or use it.
It is evident from this that the battle for standards has rather
shifted away from television towards games and the internet.
- UK watchdog got "hostile emails" from gamers (computerandvideogames.com)
- Media Watchdog Group: Gamers Sent Us Nasty E-mails (gamepolitics.com)
- via neoseeker.com