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.