GTA Hype: Typical American stupidity

posted by Jeff | Thursday, July 21, 2005, 5:28 PM | comments: 2

So it would appear that now Best Buy is going to pull Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas off of the shelf following the discovery of some kind of nudie patch you can download to let you undress characters and make them do sex acts.

This is a violent game where you can shoot people, cut their heads off, kick people in the nuts, etc. Now how is it that, in this world, we can be OK with the violence, but as soon as we see pixelated boobies on screen we need to call the morality police? I personally don't have a problem with any of it (wouldn't let my kid play it), but how is one worse than the other?

And as for all of the people that think that self-regulation of the video game industry is a failure, here's a clue... try letting parents be parents for a change. The feds can't, shouldn't have to, and certainly shouldn't pay for a check to see that parents actually take interest in what their kids are doing.


Comments

gregleg, July 22, 2005, 1:27 AM #

Well said. Give me a damn break -- the game has a Mature rating! Parents who are buying a game with that label, named "Grand Theft Auto", are idiots who have no right to complain. But the parents who ARE doing their job, well that's what the ratings are for in the first place.

CPLady, July 22, 2005, 2:07 PM #

It's still amazing to me that sexual content deserves a higher rating than violence, especially in video games. Which, as gregleg points out, makes me wonder why parents purchase the games for their kids. If they feel their kids can handle the violence part, then their kids can handle the sexual content...if they aren't sexually active already.

Ian began playing video games 15 years ago...when he was 4 years old, before they had the ESRB ratings, and I recall many arguments and lots of whining when I refused to let him have/play certain games due to the violent content, especially when his friends already had the games.

Once the ratings came out, it was a bit easier to control as he couldn't sneak behind my back to purchase a game, but it didn't prevent him from playing at a friend's house if the parents or an older sibling had it.


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