Yes, in the New York Daily News on Saturday, "journalists" Ivan Pereira, Michael Saul, and Alison Gendar summarize previous GTAs by saying...
In previous incarnations, players advanced through the game by killing cops, selling pornography to children and killing prostitutes. Details of the latest version have not been released.
Selling pornography to children? Killing prostitutes and cops? Really? Where the heck do these people get this stuff? From Joe Lieberman? And, that's the "journalists". Now, check out what some of NYC's politicians had to say...
The mayor does not support any video game where you earn points for injuring or killing police officers.
That's from Jason Post, a spokesman for Mayor Bloomberg. The article says he went on to note that auto thefts are down 58% and that the murder rate is down 28% so far this year.
Um, thanks for pointing that out, Jason. I'm sure the general public was on edge, thinking that auto theft would skyrocket because of the release of GTA IV. I mean, afterall, the game is called, "Grand Theft Auto," so how could you come to any other conclusion?
Then, there's NYC Councilman, Peter Vallone.
Setting Grand Theft Auto in the safest big city in America would be like setting Halo in Disneyland.
Whlle Mr. Vallone gets credit for trying to sound like he knows something about video games, his analogy doesn't make any sense. First off, Disneyland isn't a city of 12 million people with a history of crime, mob bosses, murders, and corrupt everything (well, maybe some of those do apply to Disneyland). Secondly, Halo is a space game, set in an alternate universe, in the future. I mean, duh!
Seriously, though, this puffing of the chest, this regurgitation of "killing cops for points," really gets me ticked off. Why aren't these politicians angry at the countless NYC cop shows which, for an hour each week, portray NYC as a place where crime is the only thing that happens? Why aren't they upset that countless crime movies have been filmed with NYC as thier backdrop?
Why can't they just shut the hell up and realize that by speaking about it, they are simply adding fuel to the fire? I'm sure that the people of NYC can handle an M rated video game being set in their fair city. And, I'm sure that if any of these intelligent politicians were to actually play a GTA game, they would understand the satire and humor on which the game is based.
Of course, that is if they could find time between their mistresses and multiple wives, their sketchy defense contractor dealings, and their ties to mob bosses. Maybe a game should be made based on that...now that would be scandalous.