Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure

Ecko planned to make Macbeth game

With focus on "cutting people's heads off".

Clothing designer Marc Ecko has revealed he had planned to produce a videogame based on Shakespeare's Macbeth - otherwise known as The Boring Old Scottish Play.

Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure

It used to be so simple. If you wanted to court controversy in a game, all you had to do was throw in a little anti-social violence or smutty sex and let the tabloids do their kneejerk thing. It worked a treat for Carmageddon, GTA and Manhunt. And who could forget the NES classic, Turbo Hitler Topless Nun Smash? Aah, those were the days.

Bizarrely, this urban adventure from fashion designer Marc Ecko has managed to be completely banned in Australia, while several US states have tried to halt its release, all because of an irresponsible excess of... painting. Admittedly, it's the sort of illegal outdoor painting commonly known as graffiti, which is a mite naughtier than the macaroni-and-buttons collage you made at school, but still.


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Marc Ecko's getting cross

Over Australian game ban.

Graffiti artist Marc Ecko has hit back at Australia's entertainment ratings board after PC, PS2 and Xbox title Marc Ecko's Getting Up was refused classification and thereby effectively banned in the country.

Marc Ecko's getting banned

From Australian games shops.

Australia's entertainment ratings board, the Office of Film & Literature Classification, has refused to grant a rating for forthcoming Atari title Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure - thereby effectively banning the game from sale.

Anti-graffiti man slams Atari

Getting Up is getting him down.

The chairman of the UK's Anti-Graffiti Association has issued a statement to our sister site,, slamming Atari for planning to release a game which he believes could encourage vandalism.

Marc Ecko's getting in trouble

With anti-graffiti types.

A group of Florida politicians has slammed Atari for planning to release Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure, claiming the game could encourage children to become graffiti artists.

Marc Ecko's getting delayed

Until Feb 2006.

Atari has decided to slip Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure to February 2006 in order to set it apart from the Christmas stampede, the publisher said this week.

Judge orders Ecko to PAAARTY!

Rakoff says Ecko, good to go.

The recent litigation-bound argument between designer Marc Ecko and New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg has ended – with a judge ruling in favour of Ecko.

Marc Ecko set to sue New York City in graffiti row

Graffiti game finds more trouble.

A dispute between fashion designer Marc Ecko and the New York government has erupted, with Ecko announcing plans to sue the city mayor after a permit for the party promoting the graffiti art-form and his new game was revoked.