Marc Ecko's foray into video games
has been one laden with controversy
. The fashion
designer's premiere title, Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure
revolves around the world of
graffiti and government corruption. You play as Trane (voiced by Talib Kweli), a graffiti artist who is working towards
a revolution to end the political tyranny around him. Unfortunately, Australian gamers may never get to play this
It seems that The Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) has taken issue with the game
for its glorification of graffiti artists. Originally, the OFLC gave Getting Up
a Mature rating back in
November, but has since changed its mind and refuses to give the game a rating--a move that essentially bans the title
from Australia. Atari, the title's publisher, is naturally quite perturbed, and has issued a statement expressing their
discontentment for the OFLC's decision.
The game was released in the US this past Tuesday. The reviews
have trickled out slowly, and
really don't say anything about the game--GameSpot gives Getting Up
8.7, while GamePro trashes
with a lowly 2.5/5.0 score.
Sega's cel-shaded venture in graffiti, Jet
Set Radio Future
received a Mature rating.
[Update: I misspelled Talib Kweli's name--as a result
he and Mos Def have refused to return any of my phone calls. I'm quite vexed right now.