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 UK’s Autum Newsletter. Everyone’s favourite
self appointed moral guardians are quite peterbed by the hositle
emails they got from video game fans after Beyer’s 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
game’s 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
don’t like violent content, don’t 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”.
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  • 0
    Krunal Nov 13, 08
    I want this game released on the Wii simply to spoil the "Family image of the Wii". If Nintendo don't have any problems with it being spoiled, why do they care?
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    Sonikkuza Nov 14, 08
    They can't do that! The UK never gets any good violent games anymore. What will the small brains of the UK newborns unleash their anger on? Look at the TV, there's porn and gore, they all say "this content is not suitable for children, viewer discretion is advised." And poof! you know it's a bad show. Look at games; Rated M for Mature with a brief list of keywords the describe the contents of the game, now you know if your kid can play it! The ignorance, criticism and unlawful tactics used to attack societies in the media do not affect just a group of people, but the gaming community worldwide. I care about the UK, but I'm from Canada! Why? Video games!

    So *bleep* and GTFO, you're the reason the Wii has such crappy titles in the UK. We're getting Manhunt and Postal and GTA and all sorts of S. THIS IS YOUR FAULT! YOUR FAULT!

    PS. Quote me and e-mail those MFs. PLSnTHX

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