Manhunt 2 and BBFC: Prejudice or Not?

Keith Stuart (Guardian Games Blog) discuss on Manhunt 2 ban in England in Manhunt 2 ‘ban’ – it’s good, but is it right? He raises a question whether games are judged in same standards as film. He points to BBCF report, which, quoting Stuart, “suggested that watching violence on TV could be more upsetting than playing violent video games” (Stuart, see also BBCF report, p. 13). This point can used as argument for why game violence is more dangerous than film violence, but as the report states that “[m]ost gamers concentrate on their own survival rather than on the damage they inflict on others” (BBCF report, p. 12), the argument (as supporting that game violence is more dangerous than film violence) is not well grounded, at least based on research in BBCF report.

As Stuart argues, it seems that there are different standards to film and games (and literature).

Published by lankoski

Petri Lankoski, D.Arts, is a Associate Professor in Game Studies at the school of Communication, Media and IT at the Södertörn University, Sweden. His research focuses on game design, game characters, role-playing, and playing experience. Petri has been concentrating on single-player video games but researched also (multi-player) pnp and live-action role-playing games. This blog focuses on his research on games and related things.

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