The best part about Australia is that they get games way later than we do. That means, while we're eagerly awaiting the release of Grand Theft Auto IV, Australia is still freaking out over Bully.
Here are some great quotes from Australian people that have no idea what they're talking about:
Jane King, the head of Parenting Australia, said, "It’s scary, it’s outrageous, it’s gross. I do think the [game content] classification system needs to be reviewed. I would be very concerned if my 13-year-old son played a game like that. I think the message of solving violence with violence is extremely disturbing."
Another Jane echoes the same sentiment. Jane Roberts, president of Young Media Australia, said, "I’m not sure about what the developers of this game don’t get. We have had major efforts right across Australia in schools trying to get the message across that violence doesn’t solve anything. For people who have been the victim of bullying, there is nothing entertaining about it."
It's really obvious none of these people have actually played Bully, but of course, they jump on it because it's a Rockstar game.
Thankfully, a spokesperson for Bully dropped a little knowledge on these game-haters.
"During the game the player is not encouraged to attack innocent bystanders or undertake acts of bullying and is not rewarded for doing so. The missions players undertake are generally about thwarting acts of bullying, exploitation or discrimination. If the player does bully another player out of context a punishment type bar increases and when full it causes the character to be apprehended by authority figures."
How has Bully affected your life? Have you turned to a life of small crime?
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