I've always considered Manhunt to be an irresponsible game, while at the same time a slap in the face to the media at large. If there's one game out there that could be seen as senationalising violence and mayhem, it would be Manhunt. Which means the Senate Oversight Committee on Video Gaming Violence will find out about it somewhere around 2012.
Next up, they'll find that Doom actually had a sequel
The good news about electronic media and the government is e-media (games, news, etc) are all about instant flash-in-the-pan notification and gratification. Something as bulky and cumbersome as the federal government routinely points out just how out of touch with the world at large they are. When Senator Palpatine holds up a Nintendo Light Gun some years after it's released, it's past its time. Likewise, the media gets in an uproar over killings in Florida because some psycho's XBox was stolen, and ABC News reports it as "a man had several people killed in Florida over the theft of his XBox video game" (heard that nugget of gold on the radio this morning).
I'm having the hardest time thinking whether the "establishment" will ever catch up to modern times, or get close enough to actually cause harm. Most times it seems that whenever the "establishment" (i.e. top-3 print and broadcast news outlets) finds out about a story, they're practically a generation of technology behind and the "story" is actually no longer a story, because the game/media in question is already out of date. Out of date by technology standards.
God bless the internet, as those of us who actually understand these things seem to be better equipped to inform and educate the public, therefore we actually stand a chance at changing people's perceptions of ever-increasing technology. We must use our power for good...