Bungie Makes an Ass of Itself with Halo 2 Delay

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The title of this article is actually quite literal. The delay of Halo 2 for Windows Vista, which we reported on yesterday, is in fact being caused by an error message from within the game that features a guy mooning the computer screen of the user. There’s no word on if Microsoft is going to compare bum shots with any of its employees, but we do know that the ESRB took notice.

“After the M (Mature 17+) rating assignment was issued for Halo 2 for Vista and just prior to the shipment of the game to retail, Microsoft notified ESRB about pertinent content found in a map editor tool that is being bundled with the game. The content in question, although likely to be inaccessible to the vast majority of users, displays a photograph of an individual showing his bare backside to the user when a particular error occurs, and thus warrants a ‘Partial Nudity’ content descriptor in order to alert consumers to its presence in the product. Microsoft has therefore applied stickers with correct ESRB rating information to the packaging of virtually all copies that will ship to retail in the U.S. and Canada. We have been advised by Microsoft that future runs of the game will be produced without the content in question, thus negating the need for the descriptor to be displayed on those versions,” the ESRB said in a statement.