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Jack Thompson loses fight to ban Bully

Filed under: PS2 | Sony | Video Game Politics
Posted by Jeremy on October 16, 2006 4:26 PM
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A US Judge has decided that 'Bully' can indeed be sold in Florida, essentially shutting down infamous lawyer Jack Thompson's attempt to have the game banned. 'Bully' is Rockstar's latest release which has received a slew of criticism due to the fact that Rockstar is the creator of the 'Grand Theft Auto' series. Jack Thompson went as far as calling it a "Columbine Simulator".


Rockstar kept quiet during this misguided maelstrom and the game ended up receiving a "T" rating here in the States and a 15+ rating in the UK, where the game is called 'Canis Canem Edit'.

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Jack Thompon's legal argument was that the game would constitute a "public nuisance". The judge asked that a copy of the game and a representative from Take-Two (Rockstar's parent company) be on hand to play the game for him so that he could see the game for himself.

After seeing the game in action the judge came to the conclusion that, although it's violent, it's, "Less than we see on television every night." Boo ya, Mr. Thompson!

The Judge did not issue a ruling, but declared that the game was not a public nuisance. He said that Mr. Thompson could ask for another hearing after the game is released. Mr. Thompson has said that he will drop the matter.

Source: BBC

From all of the reviews I've read on the game, the judge came to the correct conclusion regarding the violence in the game. There is no blood. You are not bullying, but are being bullied. The cricket bat that you can use to beat bullies breaks after a few hits. There are no car jackings, shootings, prostitutes, or anything else resembling a 'Grand Theft Auto' game.

We'll be picking the game up tomorrow and soon thereafter starting the Lunabean 'Bully' Walkthrough and Strategy Guide.






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