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Resident Evil 2 was the primary focus.

Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2 were subject to a court order banning sales in Italy.

Background[]

Franco Corbelli's "Civil Rights Movement" was established in the 1990s as a pressure group campaigning against violence in TV, film and video games, which he believed were criminally liable for causing harm to children. Corbelli was successful in obtaining a court order banning a 30-second spot for Resident Evil 2 due to extreme violence, though was unable to ban the game due to its 18 rating. Already expecting the possibility of bans, Virgin was able to air an alternate version of the ad on TMC1 and Italia 1.[1]

In the months following the Columbine High School massacre, the Civil Rights Movement renewed their campaign against violent video games, and by June 1999 called for the wholesale banning of Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2 in court. Prosecutor Bice Barborini and expert witness and criminologist Francesco Bruno argued before judge Dario Donghia that both games had the potential to cause mental trauma to children under the age of 14, exhibited by anguish and bad behaviour. Consequently it was deemed that the two games were obscene and the two titles were banned from sale with Guardia di Finanza seizing 5,500 copies from stores.[2] Sony Interactive Entertainment subsequently appealed, and the ban was lifted several weeks later.

Sources[]

  1. Caccia agli zombie ma non in Italia (Italian). Repubblica (May 12, 1998). Retrieved on 2023-04-07.
  2. Evil, stop al videogame "Zombie troppo violenti" (Italian). Repubblica (June 19, 1999). Retrieved on 2023-04-07.
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