Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Rule of Rose causing European controversy

The mayor of Rome has announced that he intends to have Rule of Rose banned across Italy, stating "this game must not enter Italian homes." Coverage of his recent statements can be found on Gamespot, as well as Joystiq, which writes:
Apparently Rome's mayor doesn't think there's any more room on the market for another mediocre horror game; that, or Rule of Rose's erotic themes bugged him too. Either way, Mayor Walter Veltroni is outraged, declaring "There is no way that a violent video game should be sold and distributed in our country."

The game is also causing a stir within EU discussions around a proposed video games "Code of Conduct," which would implement a Europe-wide rating system (possibly the PEGI system???). EU justice minister Franco Frattini has been particularly vocal around the inappropriateness of certain video game content for children, as reported by Adnkronos International:
Frattini said he been particularly shocked a new psychological horror game, Japanese-designed 'Rule of Rose' for Sony Corp.'s Playstation 2 console. In the game, a young girl, Jennifer, is subjected to mental and physical torture by a gang of sadistic female teenagers, whose ringleader also turns lesbian attentions on the hapless Jennifer before she is buried alive.
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"One of the latest games recently available on the European market, relates to a young girl who becomes submitted to psychological and physical violence. This has shocked me profoundly for its obscene cruelty and brutality," Frattini said about 'Rule of Rose' in his letter [to the EU bloc's 25 interior ministers]."

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