Brazil Bans Bully

Rockstar's controversial game about high school bullying, known as "Bully," has taken a beating in Brazil, where Judge Flavio Rabello suspended sales of the video game on the grounds that it is too violent for young children and teenagers, Rio Grande do Sul state prosecutor Alcindo Bastos said Thursday. The ban was initially requested by a local youth support center, and companies have 30 days to comply with the judge's order. According to Batos: "The aggravating factor is that everything in the game takes place inside a school. That is not acceptable."

A spokesman for Rockstar was unaware of the ban and could not immediately comment Thursday.

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I'm surprised, I was expecting Australia to be the country that would ban it :P my country bans everything else and had GTAIV edited...

I was expecting that too. I am so ****ed they are editing GTA IV for you guys. Do you have any idea if they are doing the same thing for GTA IV in New Zealand? I hope like hell they are not, I have been waiting for this game for such a long time, I don't want a group of fat, out of touch old people who get paid a ton of money to interfere with the lives of us normal folk, to ruin this for me...

And you're pretty right. The game's rating is for 13+/Teen, and depending on the country's policy, small children shouldn't be allowed to purchase those games. If they could legally get this game, I assume that's where parents step in (heck, parents should put their children tagged on GPS, and control their money)?

allowing a government body to censor what is essentially art, its creative expression, is wrong. plain and simple. you might not like the game, or the content, or what its about, and that fine. thats your right. if you dont like it, dont let your kids play it. but to say it should be banned, is wrong. morality is subjective. playing a video game is not illegal. making video games is not illegal. the main reason its not illegal is because its not real. the content of any game, movie, music, speech, book, letter, magazine is irrelevant. its someones creation, someones opinion.

its troubling to hear that people feel their moral beliefs should influence others. you might agree that censoring media you dont agree with is "right" but i guarantee your perspective will chance if they try to censor something you enjoy. it wont be long untill there cant be violence or sex in films, its sad that it will require that direct influence before you people see the big picture here.

Oh, so since the violence is in a school it's bad, but when it's outside killing random people or aliens or the like, it's no big deal. That's completely rational.

it is, since it can translate into real world violence. games like mortal kombat were extremely violent but it was very unrealistic and the fatalities were far funnier then gruesome or realistic.

(seta-san said @ #1.1)
it is, since it can translate into real world violence. games like mortal kombat were extremely violent but it was very unrealistic and the fatalities were far funnier then gruesome or realistic.

Wait, so guns are completely fictional? Wow, I thought they were real.

Nobody even brought up Mortal Kombat. I was talking about shooting games and the like, especially the more realistic ones, which can easily translate into real-world violence for unstable people.

I have nothing against violent games, and I don't condone the ban of any of them, but for this court to ban Bully rather than Gears of War or Call of Duty just seems a bit silly to me.

(seta-san said @ #1.1)
it is, since it can translate into real world violence. games like mortal kombat were extremely violent but it was very unrealistic and the fatalities were far funnier then gruesome or realistic.

it wont translate into violence for anyone who is not already prone to violence. to think playing a violent video game has any chance of making someone MORE violent is preposterous. why not ban movies or music that have violence in schools? because its not real. plain and simple. bad parents are just looking for an out, a way to pass the buck for their failure. its ludicrous. violence has been around way longer then video games, and will be around long after they are gone.