John Beyer, the head of UK pressure group Mediawatch-UK, has told SPOnG that he is "disappointed" by the BBFC's decision to give SEGA's violent Wii title, MadWorld
, an 18 rating.
"I'm disappointed but not surprised", Beyer told SPOnG. "I think my view is pretty well known. It's what I expected."
The well known view in question was Beyer's hope that the game would not be granted classification by the BBFC
- making it illegal to sell it in the UK - despite not having actually played it.
At the time, Beyer told SPOnG
, "Fortunately, there is enough information about it in the public domain to enable judgements to be formed. This is sufficient for anyone to express concern about the self proclaimed and stylised brutality the game contains.
"It will be up to the BBFC to grant or refuse a classification and whether or not they listen to our concerns or give in to the demands of the industry."
The 18 rating was granted by the BBFC today, with no cuts made. The consumer advice reads: "Contains very strong, stylised, bloody violence".MadWorld
's classification is sure to be greeted warmly by the hungry Nintendo hardcore.