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Rating delays Rockstar’s ‘Manhunt’

Violent videogame earns equivalent of NC-17

That didn’t take long.

“Grand Theft Auto” publisher Rockstar Games had to delay its most recent controversial title, “Manhunt 2,” after the Entertainment Software Ratings Board gave it an “AO” rating, the vidgame equivalent of NC-17.

But within a day after Rockstar put out the toned down, M-rated version on Halloween, hackers had figured out how to undo many of the changes and play something close to the original version, complete with grisly stabbings, on Sony’s PSP.

It’s strikingly similar to Rockstar’s experience with “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” three years ago, when hackers uncovered a scene dubbed “hot coffee” featuring explicit oral sex.

Censored scenes have also already made their way onto YouTube.

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