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Mental alliance goes mental over Manhunt

Portrays "inaccurate perceptions that people who live with mental illnesses are violent"

In Manhunt 2 your character has a bit of a screw loose and kill a lot of people. But the National Alliance on Mental Illness says that it portrays "inaccurate" perceptions that mentally ill people are violent.

"Even though some people may consider Manhunt 2 to be only a game, it unfortunately perpetuates and reinforces cruel, inaccurate perceptions that people who live with mental illnesses are violent," said NAMI, adding to the mounds of controversy surrounding the game.

"The U.S. Surgeon General has condemned such stigmatization, identifying fear of stigma as a major barrier to people getting help when they need it," it added, going on to enlighten us narrow-minded gamers: "The overall contribution of mental illnesses to violence in society is exceptionally small. In fact, people living with mental illness are far more likely to be victims of violence."

What does NAMI want done about it? "NAMI asks Rockstar Games to recall or further modify the videogame Manhunt2 due to its irresponsible, stereotyped portrayal of mental illness. We also ask retailers to be responsible in responding to public health concerns," it said in a long, ranting statement (via Kotaku).

So stop selling the game, take out the face-beating and replace it with tea party mini games. Not. Going. To. Happen. Quite the opposite actually; hackers have found ways to unlock the violent scenes in the PSP version which Rockstar were forced to lock away after the whole ban episode. Whoops!

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