While just about every review of the video game Bully from Rockstar games has noted that the game is much more social satire, like plenty of popular movies out there (Rushmore and Ferris Bueller's Day Off are mentioned), lawyer Jack Thompson has continued his crusade/marketing effort for the game. He insisted that the only people allowed to see the game were those who were somehow "loyal" to Rockstar and would absolutely write positive reviews. Considering that some of those reviews came from places like the NY Times and USA Today, that seems hard to believe. Last week, he convinced a judge to look at the game, to see if it was a public nuisance. The judge realized what everyone else (even anti-bullying advocates) have realized: there's nothing wrong with the game at all. It's not violence for the sake of violence at all. The game came out in the US yesterday and, again, the mainstream press notes that the game seems harmless. However, while all the fuss may drive up sales, some of those sales won't occur at Currys or PC World in the UK. Those two stores have banned the sale of the game. Apparently, all of the false stories about how it promotes violence at school have convinced the retailers that they're better off selling more wholesome games... like Take Two/Rockstar's other popular game Grand Theft Auto. Yes, that's right. They have no problem keeping GTA on the shelves, but Bully is somehow a problem.
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