The Daily Mail has published news of the first – but surely not the last – mainstream attack on Sega’s upcoming Madworld for the Wii:
Players in the ‘hack and slash’ game, which is due for a UK release in early 2009, can impale enemies on road signs, rip out hearts and execute them with weapons including chainsaws and daggers.
The decision to release a violent game on a console which has based its reputation on family fun has shocked anti-violence pressure groups.
John Beyer, head of watchdog group Mediawatch-UK, called for a ban on Madworld:
This game sounds very unsavoury. I hope the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) will view this with concern and decide it should not be granted a classification. Without that it cannot be marketed in Britain. What the rest of world does is up to them. We need to ensure that modern and civilized values take priority rather than killing and maiming people.
It seems a shame that the game’s manufacturer have decided to exclusively release this game on the Wii. I believe it will spoil the family fun image of the Wii.
An unnamed Nintendo spokesperson told the Daily Mail:
Wii appeals to a wide range of audiences from children and teenagers to adult and senior citizens, anyone from 5 – 95, as such there is a wide range of content for all ages and tastes available. Mad World will be suitably age rated through the appropriate legal channels and thus only available to an audience above the age rating it is given. The game is not made by Nintendo but by Sega.