Although Rockstar won the appeal
to get the controversial Manhunt 2
rated in the UK, the battle is far from over. The BBFC is now challenging the verdict by applying for a judicial review of the Video Appeals Committee's decision. The BBFC is adamant about its course of action, stating, "The VAC judgment, if allowed to stand, would have fundamental implications with regard to all the Board's decisions, including those turning upon questions of unacceptable levels of violence." Won't someone think of the children?
The BBFC is also trying to have the VAC's decision suspended, so that the Board doesn't have to rate the game until after the judicial review.
While it seems no one cares about playing Manhunt 2
anymore, the final outcome is certain to have repercussions for rating games (in the UK, at least) in the future.
[Via press release]