The news (in germany only yet, sorry):
and the offical justification scanned also in German only so far:
In Germany Â§131 (english link: http://www.iuscomp.org/gla/statutes/...) regulates the production and trading of material depicting cruel and gruesome acts of violence. This Â§ was given as the reason for the seizure. You can read up on the youth protection act in english here, for those who are interested how the system works:
Back on the topic, what do you guys think? I haven't played the game yet, but from what I have read, this is material where I cannot understand the motivation for creating such a game.
From my perspective preventing people from aquiring such material is always critical, because it usually does raise the interest more within the group of minors than it does anything else. But I honestly cannot say after reading up on Manhunt that I mind the seizure of the game. Maybe my definition of fun is somewhat strange, but I cannot see the fun in finding the most gruesome way to kill innocent persons and watching the execution from as many angles as possible.
Yes its a game, yes no real people die, but honestly what's up next? Take the role of a child pronographer in his constant search for the next victim? This game clearly crosses a line for me and seeing the current dulling in society against violence I begin to see that they have a point. Should there be an instance that can under extreme circumstances restrict access to material even for adults?