"BMX XXX" video game is banned by top retailers.

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    Three of the nation's top retailers on Monday said they had refused to carry a new video game billed as the first major release to feature full-action nudity, and prostitutes and pimps as major characters.

    Using the tagline "Keep it Dirty," video-game publisher Acclaim Entertainment is gearing up for the Nov. 19 launch of "BMX XXX," a game that also features copulating pink poodles and a variety of racing-bike stunts.

    But major retailers Wal-Mart Stores, Toys "R" Us and KB Toys all said they would not carry the game, a potential blow for the game's exposure.

    "We're not going to carry any software with any vulgarity or nudity--we're just not going to do it," Wal-Mart spokesman Tom Williams said.


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    It seems odd that they will sale video games that feature blowing people up, killing by the millions, and destroying worlds and galaxies, but a little sex is taboo. What a bunch of hypocrites.

    If video games had more sex and less violence, we wouldn't have the problems with "Columbine" kids shooting up the schools and "D.C. Snipers".

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    haha i like the bit at the end of the article - "A Microsoft representative was not immediately available for comment." :D
     
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    It just makes you want to break out in to song. Doesn't it.:D

    I will buy BMX XXX when it comes out just to make a statement.
     
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    this is probably a good thing for the marketers as far as their target segment is concerned. what says bad-ass more than being banned from major stores? kids will eat this up and if i had a system, i'd buy it too.

    nothing makes people want something more than telling them that they can't have it, acclaim needs to do an advertizing blitz with this one to stir up more controversy; any publicity is good publicity when it comes to racy games and movies.

    look at m-and-m, his music is total crap, but people get all bent out of shape and do him a favor by talking about him to no end so that kids think "wow, it must be cool". its all about marketing and i think that bmx xxx will capitalize on the gta factor to pump up sales. this is america, we did'nt rebel so that we could play pac-man forever, this country is based on doing what others said we couldnt.
     
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    That's like banning rated "R" movies with nudity in them. Some of the top-rated movies have sexual content in them. An example would be Titanic.

    I don't think that BMX XXX will make it to #1, even if the game wasn't allowed in retail stores, but it doesn't give the right to ban it, just because it's a game and has nudity. Rated "R" movies are listed to be restricted for those under 17, except under the supervision of someone 18 or older. The same should go for games. The ERSB approved rating "Adults Only", listed as AO, should make that perfectly clear.

    On the other hand, it is a game and has nudity. Many people like video games, and those who can afford it and have little time on their hands will w/o question go out and buy whatever they feel like whatever they can get their hands on.

    I don't think it's a question on whether the game should be banned, but if the content of the game itself should be made more obvious. Something like: "WARNING: This came contains strong explicit material, which may be objectional to those under 17. Parents strongly cautioned" should be placed on the game packages by Toys'R'Us, etc. to enforce this. Then, when gamers see this, some may realize that the game may not be appropriate for them. It may affect sales, but it's better than restrcited sales in certain stores altogether.
     
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    It doesn't bother me that Wal-Mart chooses not to distribute this game, just as it doesn't bother me that Wal-Mart chooses not to distribute porn videos. Their choice, and I don't think it will particularly hurt sales overall. In fact, Acclaim is probably counting on carefully manufactured controversy and indignant media hype to help sales.

    Otherwise, I don't think this game will sell well at all. I mean, it's not that it's too offensive for the American public. Americans individually love those things at which they are collectively appalled. This particular game just looks really, really, really dumb, and I don't think all the "adult content" (which, oddly, frequently seems to mean "fourteen year old boy content") in the world can save it.
     
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    Video Games some thoughts....

    The retailers will be retailers... granted it should not be available to minors, but lets face it, kids will get their hands on it...remember when you were young. I am not a pro-government-needs-raise-my-kid, but make "violent video games" like cigarettes...
     
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    Re: "BMX XXX" video game is banned by top retailers.

    On the other hand, we would have a huge overpopulation problem in a few years...

    -Dr. D.
     
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    Re: "BMX XXX" video game is banned by top retailers.



    Just what makes you think the the Beltway Sniper has been brainwashed with video games? It is silly to blame all violence in society on video games.
     
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    If people weren't immature, and if people didn't make fun of other people columbine wouldn't have happened. If people would be smart enough not to listen to the immature comments of immature kids then columbine wouldn't have happened. Video games have little/nothing to do with it.
     
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    Very true. I don't understand the Video Games cause violence arguement. People killed eachother before Space Invaders came along.
     
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    There was violence when I was in school...

    ... but nobody got shot. But I don't blame video games either, or even TV - people got shot in TV like crazy when I was young. People are basically getting crazier all the time.

    Hey durandal7, you fixed your avatar so the apple stays still! I like it a lot better that way. Thanks.
     
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    certainly. probably the biggest violence cultures in america are totally isolated from video games -- i.e. inner city projects and so on. middle class kids who play violent video games don't go shooting people. and when they do, they usually have much more serious problems. i seem to remember some white supremacy issues as well as severe self esteem crap on columbine. i'm not bothered by counterstrike or doom. try the fact that a fascist came uncomfortably close to the presidency in france not too long ago.

    and as for this BMX XXX game, they have as much of a right to keep this out of their stores as the PGA does to keep women out, to whatever detriment that is to them. these aren't democratic institutions we are talking about. walmart doesn't stock porn because it doesn't fit their image. if they thought it would be profitable and socially acceptable to sell it, i am sure they would. Walmart etc are not hypocritical. they are capitalistic. society is hypocritical.
     
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    ...You cannot be an Absentee parent...

    I KNOW these comments will tick people off, and that is not my intent, well ho hum here goes:

    It's true that you cannot be an Absentee parent... that is the real reason that stuff happens is that parents don't stop to ask their children who? where? what time? For instance, my wife just burned her batchof cookies because of her (wintel) PC addiction... so the lesson here is : Don't play video games while you're baking...:D
     
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    Re: Video Games some thoughts....

    that sounds pretty pro-government to me :D . but serriously... it is not the job of the government to protect kids from boobs in video games (private enterprise can do anything government can at a cheaper cost and greater profit) and walmart is proving that regardless of government intervention, people will only tolerate so much before their concern for their children causes them to act. walmart is banning the game of their own free will, as is their right, just as acclaim is producing the game of their own free will, as is their right. if people don't want it, they will not buy it, and some distributor will come out taking the high road so as to increase it's value to its customers. no regulation necessary, this game will pass like every other flash-in-the-pan game based on shock value (except for gta3 which truly kicks ass :D)
     
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    what if this is an exception and porno-action becomes a new game genre? hahahaha;)


    .... like tomb raider, but less clothing.....

    [edit] i can't spell exception...[/edit]
     
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    We Are Fast Becoming McCulture...

    Nothing is sacred to unparented childen... the parents can use the games they are playing to spend some time with thier children... the worst thing parents can do is not pay attention...
     
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    his name is eminem, not m&m, that is a candy. what a bunch of J@Ck@$$e$
     
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    actually, i would be proud not to know that. as it is, i do, and it's a tragedy. that guy has no artistic merit whatsoever.
     
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    I'm gonna buy since I'm a BMX freak, I'd like to see it
     
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    Yeah sure you just want to see the tits.;) :D
     
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    I place my bet on the "copulating pink poodles". :p

    These types of games are puerile and sophomoric. So there! :D
     
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    For god sakes, all this about banning the game is stupid. Do the stores have the right to ban it? YES! They legally have the right to ban it. Should they? Of course not.

    Walmart won't sell you a game with nudity, but they'll sell you guns. Go figure! (If walmart doesn't sell guns... shhh... this argument is golden if they do, don't tell anyone.)

    Either way, I'd much rather have my kid play a violent game or a game with nudity then see what they see in public highschools. I know drugs, fights, and ugly people were common in mine. Then again... I'm 18, so I'd rather not have kids at all! haha Er.. and I don't have any! Really!

    Bottom line: Why isn't this thread on Gamefaqs?
     
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    You shut up you're the country with the 94 IQ president:cool:
     
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