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Hackers Uncensor Manhunt 2 125

Posted by Zonk
from the i-have-a-feeling-the-esrb-may-have-something-to-say-here dept.
Less than 24 hours after the release of Manhunt 2, you can already play the full and uncensored version thanks to some enterprising hackers. The news for Rockstar is just ... bad: "The game has been censored in the US in order for it to receive an M rating - and therefore a release - rather than the original AO rating it was given by the ESRB. The illegal exploit of the original PSP code indicates that the scenes that were cut in order to secure an M rating were not removed from the full game, rather disabled, much like the Hot Coffee mini-games in Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas." This is also exactly what prompted the re-rating of Oblivion and Halo 2 for the PC. We should expect to see an ESRB response to this very soon, then.
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Hackers Uncensor Manhunt 2

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  • by XenoPhage (242134) on Thursday November 01, 2007 @10:56AM (#21197823) Homepage
    From what I can tell the "hack" in this case requires a homebrew PSP (legality questioned), and ISO of the games (legality questioned) and the modification of a few configuration files (not something normally possible on a console) ... Hidden content is all over the place, in DVDs, games, business applications, etc. If it takes extraordinary means to get to it, something that technically shouldn't be possible if the device it's played on is used properly, how is that the fault of the developer?

    Sure, they left the content in. But realize that what they did to the scenes was "fuzz" them over with odd camera angles and filters. You need the scenes there in order to filter them..

    Hot coffee was a little different. That wasn't part of the game at all, or at least, not something they released, per se. Perhaps it was something planned that they decided not to release after all. Either way, it's not something that was intended to be available.

    Let's not blow all of this out of proportion.
  • Re:Crap (Score:3, Informative)

    by somersault (912633) on Friday November 02, 2007 @05:22AM (#21209355) Homepage Journal
    No, but PCs had been a personal hate of mine for a long time as a kid when I used Macs and Amigas, then when I learned of Linux I realised it was just Microsoft that were making the platform a puddle of piss. I have a Wii and a DS (where again previously I was never a big fan of Nintendo until recently when they started making products that I actually find interesting and cool). While a company should have making money as one of its goals, it will usually perform better in that regards if it actually does its best for the customer, rather than catering to its own agenda. Anyway, that was a particularly poor troll, considering it's obviously just Microsoft I loathe, and the money thing was just directed at Ballmer, not Microsoft in general. There are plenty more reasons than the money thing to hate Microsoft. Karma whore a go go >_>

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