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Old 11-02-2007, 06:17 PM   #1
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Target Pulling Manhunt 2

I just spoke to a contact at my local Target store, who informed me of an interesting internal memo. Apparently all Target stores are to stop selling Manhunt 2, going so far as to tell managers to refuse shipments of the title for all systems, with Take 2 agreeing to take back all unopened copies of the game.

Why is this action being taken? The extreme violence in the game is the given reason, but my contact (an employee but not a manager) was told that it was due in greater part to the unfavorable coverage the game got in the national press the last several days. Target stores had been selling the game since it's launch, but it was only today that they were told to pull the product and refuse further shipments.

The listing for Manhunt 2 on the Target website shows that the item is "not available in stores."

I've spoken to employees of several other large retailers (Best Buy, Gamestop and Circuit City) and none of them are, at this time, taking similar actions.

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Old 11-02-2007, 06:20 PM   #2
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So, they're pulling all their violent movies too, right? Right?
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Old 11-02-2007, 06:21 PM   #3
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So, they're pulling all their violent movies too, right? Right?
Nope. All the Saw movies will remain, as will the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Don't ya love hypocrisy?
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Old 11-02-2007, 06:23 PM   #4
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Well damn, they may as well have left in the full gore. Then I may have actually been willing to buy it. I have a bad feeling this trend will only get worse.
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Old 11-02-2007, 06:27 PM   #5
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Sorry, we can't sell you Manhunt 2. Would you like a copy of Hostel 2 instead?
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Old 11-02-2007, 06:31 PM   #6
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Old 11-02-2007, 06:32 PM   #7
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Well damn, they may as well have left in the full gore. Then I may have actually been willing to buy it. I have a bad feeling this trend will only get worse.
As much as I disagree with the reasoning against this kind of censorship (and bias against vg over movies), I can't help but think the worlds a better place without games like MH2.

I love Calvin and Hobbes btw. they should make a game like My Perfect Holiday with those 2.
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Old 11-02-2007, 06:36 PM   #8
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So, they're pulling all their violent movies too, right? Right?
This isn't about protecting kids, or society, or whatever... this is about pandering to the gibbering hordes of idiots that populate this country.
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Old 11-02-2007, 06:37 PM   #9
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That does indeed describe the vast majority of humanity.
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Old 11-02-2007, 06:37 PM   #10
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What is wrong with Rockstar?

With all the trouble Rockstar and Take Two had with the hot coffee mod, how can they be so stupid as to leave the "AO" content on the disk??? If they are that stupid, they deserve to have their game banned!

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Old 11-02-2007, 06:49 PM   #11
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Thank god we live in a world where retailers respond to censorship forced by media hysteria in the face of hypocrisy.
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Old 11-02-2007, 06:51 PM   #12
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With all the trouble Rockstar and Take Two had with the hot coffee mod, how can they be so stupid as to leave the "AO" content on the disk??? If they are that stupid, they deserve to have their game banned!

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I'm with the crowd that understands it's not accessible by normal means, so in reality, it's not really in the game. It's only part of the source material.

If you want to condemn a game for "possible" content, look no farther than Tomb Raider's nude patch.
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Old 11-02-2007, 07:24 PM   #14
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Old 11-02-2007, 07:33 PM   #15
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Maybe someone in management played the first Manhunt and realized what a piece of shit it was.
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Old 11-02-2007, 07:42 PM   #16
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The first game was mediocre, but censorship is worse.

If enough of these stores keep doing asinine things, I guess I'll just end up a complete hermit and order everything through the internet.

At least that would give me more time to work on my manifesto.
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Old 11-02-2007, 07:45 PM   #17
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The first game was mediocre, but censorship is worse.

If enough of these stores keep doing asinine things, I guess I'll just end up a complete hermit and order everything through the internet.

At least that would give me more time to work on my manifesto.
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Old 11-02-2007, 07:48 PM   #18
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Its cool, I dont go to Target anyway, except recently somebody told me that they had DC licensed t-shirts on the cheap, so I went and got a pretty cool Batman shirt, and some stylish pirate-esque shirts. Other than that though, Target is about as significant to me as Bath and Bodyworks or some girly shit like that.
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Old 11-02-2007, 07:48 PM   #19
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Well damn, they may as well have left in the full gore. Then I may have actually been willing to buy it. I have a bad feeling this trend will only get worse.
with a modded psp u could uncensored it and if you have action replay for the ps2 u could uncensored it too with a code. i hope this game sell really well so games studio will see and make more ao games for adult.
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:06 PM   #20
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I wonder if Take 2 or Rockstar will threaten to not ship GTA IV. Sort of like how Disney proved that Target is full of shit.
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