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Clinton and other senators ask ESRB for review over Manhunt 2

Alexander Sliwinski
Alexander Sliwinski|@Sliwinski|November 20, 2007 5:45 PM

Get the shovel kids, the horse we buried needs some kicking. According to various reports Sens. Hillary Clinton (D), Joe Lieberman (I), Sam Brownback (R) and Evan Bayh (D and who?) have sent a letter to the ESRB asking for a "thorough review" following the whole Manhunt 2 kerfuffle saga. Not only did we think that this whole Manhunt 2 thing was behind us, but we also thought presidential candidate Clinton et. al. had better things to focus on currently -- no need to get into the laundry list, but the least controversial might be fixing the failing dollar.

The letter went over the differences between the ESRB and the British Board of Film Classification, which banned the game. The letter was also concerned over the Wii motion controls being used in a game like Manhunt and asked the ESRB to take controls "into consideration" for future ratings. It all boils down to the senators asking for a review and saying, "In sum, we ask your consideration of whether it is time to review the robustness, reliability and repeatability of your ratings process, particularly for this genre of 'ultra-violent' videogames and advances in game controllers." What happened to all that bridge building we saw just last year? The ESRB has yet to respond.