Bully Goes To Court
Jack Thompson is at it again.
Yesterday, attorneys for Take-Two, Wal-Mart, and GameStop appeared in a Florida courtroom to defend next week's release of Bully against Thompson's latest anti-gaming vendetta. One of the industry's biggest annoyances had previously made a bid to keep the game from being sold in Florida, based on the assumption that Bully is a "public nuisance." The hearing ended with an unprecedented response from Judge Ronald Friedman.
Take-Two has 24 hours to provide Friedman with a copy of the game. The judge will then review the game as it's being played, for as many as 100 hours or more. Upon completion of the review, he will then decide whether or not Thompson's claims are valid. If he does agree the game is a "public nuisance," retailers will be prohibited from selling the T-rated game to minors. Obviously, Wal-Mart and GameStop are concerned about the potential loss of sales should this legislation pass.
Bully has been getting a lot of recognition in the press lately, but going by early information, the game isn't exactly the "nuisance" its detractors have made it out to be. Previews have revealed a less-than-offensive violence level (very much unlike Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto franchise), and even a socially conscious message regarding how rough school can be for kids.
Our guess is this is just another knee-jerk reaction from a man whose proven inexperience with the industry has upset those who are in-the-know.
10/12/2006 Ben Dutka