Manhunt - legality of reviews?

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by BTMO, Jan 12, 2004.

  1. BTMO

    BTMO Guest

    Ok - I am watching XPplay on TechTV (on Saturn) at the moment, and they are
    reviewing Manhunt - the game that was recently banned in New Zealand.

    As an aside, I was recently in Australia, and Manhunt freely available in
    shops like Electronic Boutique. This surprised me, as Australia is more
    typically a nation of wowsers than NZ, and more prone to ban things, but I
    digress...

    My question is this. Manhunt is banned in New Zealand - but the review just
    on TV contained quite a bit of footage from the game.

    Is it legal to show this in NZ? At first thought, I assume it is, as it is
    the game that has been banned, not the reporting of it.

    Then I thought a little more - segments of the game including some of the
    "kill scenes" have been digitally beamed to NZ (via satellite to Saturn,
    then by cable to my place) - doesn't this present legal problems?

    Incidentally, the hosts of the show didn't like the game very much, pointed
    out the violence wasn't meant for children, reported that the game play
    wasn't much chop (pun intended) and ultimately gave it a score of two out of
    five.

    For what its worth, I don't believe this game should be banned (it is a game
    for crying out loud - the images are no worse than your average zombie
    splatter movie, and are completely cg animated) but by the same token, I
    wouldn't bother buying it - it is not a styly of game I enjoy.

    Cheers,

    Brenton
     
    BTMO, Jan 12, 2004
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  2. BTMO

    Mark. Guest

    i actually saw manhunt 2: silent assassin for xbox, for rental in
    BlockBuster yesterday. Is that also banned or the same game you mean?
     
    Mark., Jan 12, 2004
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  3. BTMO

    Starkey Guest

    On Mon, 12 Jan 2004 16:24:06 +1300, "Mark." <> wrote:

    >i actually saw manhunt 2: silent assassin for xbox, for rental in
    >BlockBuster yesterday. Is that also banned or the same game you mean?


    manhunt 2 are u sure
    hitman 2 silent assassin it could be
     
    Starkey, Jan 12, 2004
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    Craig Shore Guest

    On Mon, 12 Jan 2004 14:14:51 +1300, "BTMO" <> wrote:

    >Ok - I am watching XPplay on TechTV (on Saturn) at the moment, and they are
    >reviewing Manhunt - the game that was recently banned in New Zealand.
    >
    >As an aside, I was recently in Australia, and Manhunt freely available in
    >shops like Electronic Boutique. This surprised me, as Australia is more
    >typically a nation of wowsers than NZ, and more prone to ban things, but I
    >digress...
    >
    >My question is this. Manhunt is banned in New Zealand - but the review just
    >on TV contained quite a bit of footage from the game.
    >
    >Is it legal to show this in NZ? At first thought, I assume it is, as it is
    >the game that has been banned, not the reporting of it.


    INAL, but this is how I believe it is,-
    The stuff you buy is covered by the Films, Videos, and Publications
    Act. Anything that falls under that is rated before it is released to
    the public. TV is coverted by the Broadcasting Act, where stuff gets
    complained about after is has screened. So it's only going to be
    illegal on TV if someone complains after it's been screened, and it's
    found to be something that they shouldn't have screened.
     
    Craig Shore, Jan 12, 2004
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    Jay Guest

    BTMO wrote:

    > As an aside, I was recently in Australia, and Manhunt freely available in
    > shops like Electronic Boutique. This surprised me, as Australia is more
    > typically a nation of wowsers than NZ, and more prone to ban things, but I
    > digress...


    Australia has always been much more liberal than NZ.
    NZ used to ban the import of porn which originated from Australia.

    I think NZ has always been the "nation of wowsers". Just look at them now.
    Banning a video game! Aren't you in fact posting about the wowser aspect of
    NZ?!

    What makes you think that Australia is/was a nation of wowsers?
    What things have been banned in Australia?
    Can you give an example or two?
     
    Jay, Jan 12, 2004
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  6. BTMO

    -[Myth]- Guest

    On Mon, 12 Jan 2004 19:04:40 +1100, Jay wrote:

    > BTMO wrote:
    >
    >> As an aside, I was recently in Australia, and Manhunt freely available in
    >> shops like Electronic Boutique. This surprised me, as Australia is more
    >> typically a nation of wowsers than NZ, and more prone to ban things, but I
    >> digress...

    >
    > Australia has always been much more liberal than NZ.
    > NZ used to ban the import of porn which originated from Australia.
    >
    > I think NZ has always been the "nation of wowsers". Just look at them now.
    > Banning a video game! Aren't you in fact posting about the wowser aspect of
    > NZ?!
    >
    > What makes you think that Australia is/was a nation of wowsers?
    > What things have been banned in Australia?
    > Can you give an example or two?


    Postal 2, BMXXXX, GTA 3 vice city, etc
     
    -[Myth]-, Jan 12, 2004
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