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Unleash Your Inner Bully

Posted on Aug 10, 2006
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From Rockstar Games

Jimmy Hopkins, 15, is the central character in Bully, a PlayStation 2 game from Rockstar Games, the company that created the Grand Theft Auto titles.

Rockstar Games, the company that created the ultra-violent, ultra-popular Grand Theft Auto titles, brings you Bully, in which the central character either punishes or sticks up for the little guys in school. Some are worried it’s a “Columbine simulator,” but those fears appear to be unfounded.


Boarding school student Jimmy Hopkins is either a good kid with a penchant for bad behavior or a delinquent who sometimes does the right thing. It all depends on what you decide.

Bully, which is set for release in October, already has attracted criticism, sight unseen. Some have expressed fears that the game is “a Columbine simulator,” a reference to the deadly 1999 shootings at a Colorado high school.

From a two-hour exclusive preview of Bully, the “Columbine simulator” fear appears to be meritless. There are no guns in the game and no killing. Schoolyard fisticuffs are a central element, but there is no blood or black eyes, and nobody seems to get seriously hurt.


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By Kaete, January 23, 2007 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment
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omg, i loved the game. I beat it twice, and i’m working on my third time ^_^

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By sam-n- ovull, January 18, 2007 at 10:51 am Link to this comment
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canis canem edit(bully) is the best game thats come out since grand theft auto rockstar make the best games ever.the best part about the game is the fighting it is so realistic!!!

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By Adam, December 27, 2006 at 12:00 am Link to this comment
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Its a good game, but i would give it a 8-10.  I personally like the dodgeball the best.

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By leo davis, December 13, 2006 at 7:23 am Link to this comment
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i loved the game it is the best my brother brock my copy so if so can u seand me a new one plzzzzzz

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By kick, November 19, 2006 at 4:50 pm Link to this comment
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dude this game is freacking sick but in a good way its totally awsome you can give people swirlies and weggies you can start snowball and food fights its well worth getting but a word of advice if you bully adults prepare to run cause its real easy to get busted in this game

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By ewista, November 13, 2006 at 4:29 am Link to this comment
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is the game coming out on xbox?

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By kwblhznm zovrkun, August 20, 2006 at 7:14 pm Link to this comment
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By Liz, August 11, 2006 at 6:15 am Link to this comment
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So. I don’t have any problems with this kinda game, rather they take out thier frustrations in a game rather then real life! Plus the only kind of war should only exist in video games.

and video games do not cause violent tendancies. My fiancee plays violent videogames all the time, and he is calm as a monk.

There is no scientific edvidence that proves this wrong. People even have violent tendancies that dont play games at all. And people with violent tendancies are often those who were mistreated in life, if the parents would bring them up better and not allow anything to go out of control then they wouldnt be bullied or be a bully at school.

I was a bully so I know. I was only a bully , however, to those that treated the underprividged like crap or they were picked on by other bullies, and thus I became the head bully of the school and kicked arse! I actually cleaned that school out!

I don’t think this game would change anything consider the bloddy gory games allready out for years on end.

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