Rockstar: Games are an artform, even Manhunt 2

Written by Joe Martin

August 16, 2007 // 12:38 p.m.

Tags: #2k #adult #ban #bbfc #gordon-hall #jack #jt #manhunt #manhunt-2 #porn #rockstar #take-two #thompson

Do we really have to go over the whole 'Manhunt 2' thing again? About how it was victimised before its release, how it was prevented from sale in the UK, then rated AO in the US before being left without a platform? Do we really have to mention again how Rockstar are appealing the ratings?

No? Good. That stuff gets really tiresome.

It seems that Rockstar isn't tired about it yet though and Gordon Hall, head of Rockstar Leeds, says that the rest of the industry should rally behind Rockstar in an attempt to combat the rating problems Manhunt 2 is facing;

"..the wider issue attacks our entire industry. We need to teach people that games are an art form — they are more artistic than film. I think the games industry should rally behind us, because there will come a time when we'll all have an idea that's a little edgy, and we need to have the freedoms to express it.

We are an adult entertainment industry — we may have started out with child-like technology making games solely for a younger audience, but it's just not like that anymore. It might take legislature a little while to catch up, but if the industry sticks together hopefully we can change people's attitudes quicker,"
said Gordon in a recent interview.

Games as an artform? That's something Roger Ebert would probably disagree with, but at least Cliver Barker has got his back.

What do you think? Are games an artform? Did Manhunt 2 push the industry too far or is a system which allows Postal 2 to be sold hypocritical for banning Manhunt 2? Discuss in the forums!

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