Remember this? Jim "Bangers n' Mash" Sterling brought you the news of the not-so-shocking hack within the PSP version of Rockstar Games' interactive torture porn title Manhunt 2 recently, and it was assumed by almost everyone that the ESRB would come down upon them with righteous fury only moments later. After all, if the ESRB exists for any reason, it's to leap from behind the bushes of moral superiority and whack companies on the nose with the rolled up newspaper of public decency.
In a move sure to blow hats clean off of the heads of people reading it in parts of the world where hats are still fashionable, ESRB prez Patricia Vance revealed in a conference call yesterday that Rockstar was apparently not at fault, and that all that horrid violence and splatter released by those nefarious hacker-types was "unintended and unauthorized." To quote Vance (via Gama):
There you have it:
I imagine if gamers weren't so sedentary and had ever been oppressed in any way, this could possibly be spun into a recreation of the 1992 LA riots, but you're all going to have forgotten about this by Monday. Thus continues my quest to incite mass chaos and looting ...