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    Uk teachers call for a ban on "Bully" for Wii and Xbox360

    Despite the fact it's already been sitting on the shelves for over a year on PS2, another ruckus is being kicked off over Rockstar's Bully, reignited thanks to the upcoming release of Xbox 360 and Wii versions of the game.

    UK publication Daily Telegraph describes the new Scholarship Edition, as an "even more realistic" take on the 2006 original, which "encourages players to act out assaults on pupils and teachers." Beating a dead horse much?

    The game's also sparked additional rows by changing its name from Canis Canem Edit back to Bully, which in itself is enough to get readers all riled up.

    Niall Cowley, of the charity BeatBullying, said: "We're disappointed this game was created in the first place. Some mindless people thought this was a fun, interesting piece of software to create, but it undermines all the hard work that organisations like ours are seeking to do."

    Cowley said that when the original was launched last year, Rockstar tried to persuade his group to back Canis by offering a donation. "It was the most distasteful thing in the world - the idea that we could be bought off like that," he said.

    "We have the interests of the children of this country in our mind, not of the shareholders of this company."

    In the UK, PC World and Currys have already refused to stock the Xbox 360 and Wii updates, as they did with the PS2 original. The National Union of Teachers meanwhile has called for a wider ban on the game.

    In a statement, a Rockstar spokesperson said: "It is a comedic romp. The last game sold fabulously in the UK and was critically acclaimed.

    "It is not a game about playing a bully. It is about the trials and tribulations of a boy in his first year at school. He protects children against other characters. People have to be able to make their own decisions and to judge for themselves, with an open mind."

    Is it really worth wasting our words over this anymore? Anyone who's actually played the game will realise it's a tongue-in-cheek action game which mostly has you protecting people from bullies rather than picking on pip-squeaks at random.

    It's one of Rockstar's better games in recent times, so we definitely recommend a look when it arrives in the UK this March.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 261311
    The UK, well, I'd hate to live there. There's so much censorship and crap (not only in the UK but all of Europe) it's disgusting.
    Hahaha, Eurotrash anybody?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 261311
    The UK, well, I'd hate to live there. There's so much censorship and crap (not only in the UK but all of Europe) it's disgusting.
    There's not that much censorship.

    I mean, the British Version of Fahrenheit for the PS2 (and xbox) actually had a proper sex scene in the UK version. I believe that was cut from the US version.

    Besides that, what have politicians and Fox news been reporting lately? Pretty much the same scare-mongering tactics used here.

    Although Germany seems pretty bad for censoring...


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    Who is actually buying this game anyways? I doubt anyone who even buys this game is going to go around beating people up.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiimoto
    Who is actually buying this game anyways? I doubt anyone who even buys this game is going to go around beating people up.
    Anyone who would do that afterwards would also do that before.

    Media effects is probably one of the bigger lies in the media itself.

    Of course, what they won't tell you is that ALL of the evidence against computer games is pretty much either underhanded, misguided or untrustworthy. I mean, how can you get reliable, replicable result from studying behaviours of people who play video games if you purposefully choose only a short time to do the said study? And how can you prove that the link is a direct correlation (as in people who play videogames BECOME violent, rather than violent people being attracted to said computer games). Likewise, it doesn't seek to differentiate between "casual" gamers, gamers that aren't into the blood and gore, the gamers who aren't into FPS etc...

    Pretty much, it's a case of people wanting a piece of the spotlight.

    Happened with comic books too. Parent's need to get off their ass and put the damn parental controls on their kids consoles, pronto.


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    Anyone who does anything featured in games like Grand Theft Auto already has some sort of underlying mental condition.
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    People are taking video games way to seriously nowadays. It's not like anyone is going to play and go into school and actually beating someone up...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RivalDestiny
    People are taking video games way to seriously nowadays. It's not like anyone is going to play and go into school and actually beating someone up...
    Then why do we have age ratings?
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