"Back in 1976, a company called Exidy scored a first in video game history: its game Deathrace was taken off the market because of public concerns about the game's violent nature. Deathrace was loosely based on a movie called Deathrace 2000. The premise involved driving a car to run over pedestrians for points."
I hate when stores pull M-rated titles because special interest groups (controlled by over-protective, loud, obnoxious parents, who at protests seem more violent than the games they are protesting) throw hissy fits. All the hootin' and the hollerin' that these groups stir up over violent games they don't want on the market only draws MORE attention to game (which probably wouldn't have sold as well if they'd left it alone). For example, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas's sales went through the roof the minute the "hot coffee" mod was exposed and featured on every news channel in the country! If they were smart they would try to cover up news of the game instead of giving it more publicity!