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Hackers unlock censored elements of Manhunt 2

I was mildly amused to hear that hackers have managed to unlock the censored bits of Manhunt 2 (opens in new tab), a console game that was given a `mature' rating by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) in the US.

The game was initially given an `adults only' rating, which was scaled down to `mature' after the really violent bits of the game were coded out, allowing the console game to be carried in all video stores across the US.

If a game is classified as `adults only' by the ESRB, a lot of US stores will not carry the software, it seems.

The problem now facing the US games industry (opens in new tab), however, is that the games hacks are being circulated on t'Internet and are almost certain to be carried in several monthly games magazines.

This isn't the first time that the companies behind Manhunt 2 - Take-Two Interactive Software and Rockstar Games - have been in a spot of public relations bother.

A couple of years ago, a hacker discovered a hidden sex scene (opens in new tab)in `Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,' another of their games.

Following that incident (opens in new tab), the ESRB asked games publishers to reveal hidden content when applying for a rating. Take-Two and Rockstar claim that they have abided by the rules in this regard with Manhunt II.

Take Two, meanwhile, says that "it hopes that consumers will not engage in hacking or download illegally modified copies of our games."

Huh? What planet are these people living on?...