Chicago Transit Authority bans M-rated game ads

Oh, Chicago. There was trouble earlier this year when the CTA pulled Grand Theft Auto IV ads from buses early, breaking contract. They pulled them following some violence in the city, but a settlement has those ads back up for the next six weeks, reports GamePolitics.

After the six-week GTA IV stretch is over, Chicago is pulling ads for M-rated games from the CTA’s vechicles and properties, and then banning them forever. Check out this crap:

Last week, the CTA board voted to ban advertising for video games rated “M” and above. The ordinance, which takes effect Jan. 1, cites a “demonstrable correlation” between intensely violent video games and violent or aggressive behavior.

First off, there’s no proven correlation between advertisements for violent video games and aggressive behavior. I’m embarrassed for the Chicago Transit Authority for this statement.

We’re with GamePolitics in the suggestion that the ESA should get involved in this. 

Dale North