Per Rockstar tradition, their latest release has gotten its fair share of controversy. Florida lawyer and anti-game activist Jack Thompson failed in his last-ditch attempt to make the game unavailable to consumers under the age of 17. And now, Bully faces more of the same in light of the gay boy-on-boy scenes contained in the game.
Apparently, as 15-year-old Jimmy Hopkins, players can engage in some extracurricular activities that involving swapping spit with classmates. While most of these encounters usually involve a female, there's at least one boy Jimmy can successfully seduce, as seen in this in-game video provided by GameBrink .
It may have come as a mild surprise when the Entertainment Software Rating Board issued a T-for-Teen rating for Bully , especially considering the content listed by descriptors: crude humor, language, use of alcohol and tobacco, violence, and sexual themes. Obviously, the ESRB was queried about this homosexual content, and they simply replied, "That content was considered in the assignment of the rating."
So of course, Thompson has been quick to leap on this. He sent an e-mail to ESRB president Patricia Vance – an e-mail he claims to have sent to "every major news organization in America and the UK" – as well as a number of lawmakers and industry representatives. With typical Thompson arrogance, he wrote:
"Dear Ms. Vance, We just found gay sexual content in Bully, as Jimmy Hopkins makes out with another male student. Good luck with your 'Teen' rating now, Patty."
Take-Two Interactive, developers for the game, did not comment.
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