Government backs BBFC on Manhunt ban

Ratings body backed despite petition against the ban

The petition urged the government to restrict the powers of the BBFC following its failure to grant Manhunt 2 a rating, suggesting that the ratings body was denying consumers freedom of choice.

"Adults should be allowed to make their own decisions with regard to what videogames they want to play. We all understand that this game is extremely violent and unsuitable for children. As such an 18 rating should have been applied."

After more than 3,000 people signed the petition, the government finally issued a response.

"The Government is satisfied with the BBFC's procedure and with the provisions for appeal, and will not be intervening in this process.

"The Government has recently announced a review aimed at helping parents ensure that their children are protected from exposure to inappropriate material in games. This is not intended to restrict the choice of material available to adults."

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