Law & Order game pulled from shelves, image of murdered child to blame

Scott Jon Siegel
S. Siegel|06.21.07

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Scott Jon Siegel
June 21, 2007 10:25 PM
Law & Order game pulled from shelves, image of murdered child to blame

The PC game Law & Order II: Double or Nothing has been withdrawn from retail shelves, due to the inclusion of a CCTV image of James Bulger, a two-year-old who was abducted and brutally murdered in England in 1993.

Sky News reports that the image appears on a bulletin board in the game's police station, as seen above, and the murder case is directly referred to by one of the detective characters during gameplay. The victim's mother, Denise Fergus, recently became aware of the inclusion of the image, and complained to Legacy Interactive, the California-based developer responsible for the Law & Order games.

According to GamesIndustry, Legacy has since issued a formal apology to the Bulger family, and has release a patch to remove the image from the game. They also promise to remove the photo from future printings of the title. Law & Order II: Double or Nothing was originally released in the UK and US in 2003.

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