Target won't take part in "Manhunt 2"

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Big box retailer Target has decided not to carry the violent video game Manhunt 2 this holiday season, citing the games excessive violence and the ease of accessing unrated, normally filtered material. The game focuses on the killing spree of a sociopath escaped from a mental hospital and features characters killing and torturing each other.

"All video games and computer software sold at Target currently carry ratings by the Entertainment Software Rating Board -- from early childhood through mature audiences," noted a statement from the company. "While 'Manhunt 2' was given a 'Mature' rating by the ESRB, we received additional information that players can potentially view previously filtered content by altering the game code. As a result, we have decided not to carry the game."

Personally, I don't see the point or the value in such games. I don't like violence and see no positive value in including it in the video games. Still, if an adult wants to play such a game, I'm not going to say they can't. Likewise, I'm not going to force Target to sell it to them. If they, as a company, choose to miss out on a fair bit of potential profit in order to stick to their principles, then they have that right.

What do you think? Would you prefer that Target not censor its offerings or do you like the fact that Target is a store with perhaps a smidge less violence on its shelves?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.