As expected, the upcoming release of Grand Theft Auto IV has seen the scaremongers and crybabies of the world come out in full force to stamp their little feet in protest. Once again, it falls to the Parents Television Council to issue one of its "alerts" to let concerned civilians know that "porn and gratuitous violence through a videogame" is on the way.
As usual, the PTC warbles on about beating prostitutes to death and the overplayed "Hot Coffee" incident which they claim displayed "realistic sex." That pretty much proves that the writer of the warning has not actually had a sexual encounter of his own, if he believes GTA's portrayal is accurate.
The PTC's warning calls on all like-minded loudmouths to pressurize retailers into not stocking the game, or at the very least hiding it from the innocent minds of children who have no idea what violence is and must grow up completely ignorant of everything bad in the world. That way, when they grow up, they will exit their protective social bubbles completely prepared for real life.
The "alert" also demands that Take-Two ensure the game cannot be modified in any way (an impossible suggestion, as well as a stupid one) and finally uses the inaccurate theories of Dave Grossman to bring up the ridiculous "murder simulator" argument. All in all, a typically ludicrious read that I thoroughly recommend. In fact, you can read it in full, right after the jump.
Since the first version was released in 1997, the Grand Theft Auto series has lowered the bar for appalling video game content. And now, the game’s fourth installment, Grand Theft Auto IV: Liberty City, is set for release April 29th. We urgently need you to take action today to keep this brutally violent video game out of the hands of children.
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