With the furore over Canis Canem Edit finally subsiding we all hoped it would at least be a few months before the 'Games cause children to kill one another' debate sparked up again. Alas it was not to be, with The Times
reporting that the EU are trying to get upcoming Playstation 2 survival horror game, Rule of Rose
The game is set for a November 24th release in Britain and has already had the Mayor of Rome calling for it to be banned. It currently has a 16+ rating but Justice Commissioner of the EU, Franco Frattini, had this to say:
“It is first and foremost the responsibility of the parents to protect children from such games, but I nevertheless think that we at member state and European level also have to take responsibility to protect children’s rights. These types of games are dreadful examples for our children.”
We haven't had a chance to get our hands on the game at the Bit-Tech office but the storyline does sound pretty grim. You play the role of a young girl who lives in an orphanage in 1930's Britain. You encounter a group of children known as the Red Crayon Aristocrats who perform sadistic acts on both adults and other children. Your job, as with most games, is to stop them.
Sony did not release the game in the US for fear of a massive backlash to the scenes of sadomasochism and lesbianism but the game is being released across Europe by smaller independent companies. The game will features scenes of kidnap and torture, with the main character involved in scenes where she is buried alive, gagged, doused in liquids and thrown in a rather sinister sounding 'Filth Room'. Makes Canis Canem Edit look like fun for all the family doesn't it?
Will you be playing Rule of Rose or are there certain lines games should never cross? Let us know in the forums.