[NetBehaviour] Hey, hey, ho, ho – Video-game censorship has got to go.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Sep 16 02:05:38 CEST 2008

Hey, hey, ho, ho – Video-game censorship has got to go.

Aaron Delwiche / Trinity University

Five weeks ago, approximately two dozen anti-war protestors marched on 
Ubisoft’s offices in San Francisco. Organized by the group Direct Action 
to Stop the War (DASW), the demonstration targeted the French game 
developer for “porting” the game America’s Army from the PC to the Xbox 
360 home gaming console. Activists objected to the game’s sanitized 
representations of warfare, and criticized its developers for 
deliberately “toning down the gore” in order to secure a “teen” ESRB 
rating, making it possible to market the game to thirteen-year olds.

Disturbed by the game’s seamless integration with virtual army 
recruiting centers, demonstrators urged Ubisoft to package the game with 
consumer safety labels stating:

"Warning: The video game America’s Army has been developed by the United 
States Army to recruit children under the age of 17 in violation of the 
U.N. Optional Protocol and international law. Combat service has been 
known to cause death, irreparable injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress 
Disorder and lifelong feelings of overwhelming guilt."


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