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  NYC Politicians Angered by GTA IV - From The Forums
  Posted by: Datarock on 03-31-2007 @ 12:10 - Source: NY Daily News
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Well, it looks like the we have people complaining about GTA IV already, despite the game not having been released yet. It would seem the trailer has caused some controversy between NYC politicians.

Thanks to the sexy gizmo over on the forums for posting this. wink

The latest version of an ultraviolent video game will unleash its murderous mayhem on the streets of New York.

And outraged political leaders say the rampant brutality of the game, Grand Theft Auto IV, has little in common with reality.

"Setting Grand Theft Auto in the safest big city in America would be like setting Halo in Disneyland," said City Councilman Peter Vallone, chairman of the Council's Public Safety Committee.

In its first trailers released this week, Grand Theft Auto is set in a mythical city that bears a striking resemblance to New York.

As the trailer shows well-known landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Cyclone in Coney Island, a character voiceover warns: "Life is complicated. I killed people, smuggled people, sold people. Perhaps here, things will be different."

"It's despicable to glamorize violence in games like these, regardless of how far-fetched the setting may be," said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

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.

"The mayor does not support any video game where you earn points for injuring or killing police officers," said Jason Post, a spokesman for Mayor Bloomberg.

He noted that auto thefts have dropped 58% since Bloomberg took office, and so far this year New York City's murder rate is down 28%.

Jim Ankner, a spokesman for Take2 Games, declined to comment yesterday. Trailers from the latest version were released on the Internet Thursday. The game hits the stores in October.

New York was also the inspiration for an earlier version of the game, under the name "Liberty City."

"We've seen games that have been set in real cities, and that has been a weird route to take. By setting it in Liberty City they can get away with that satire," said Jeff Gerstmann, an editorial director from Gamespot.com.

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Total comments: 14 | Last comment: 05-12-2007 at 21:18

 #1 - 04-01-2007 at 07:33
Joined: November 17th, 2003
Posts: 29
Strange, last time i played killing cops and prostitutes in all gta games would only get you closer to being killed by the entire police force of the city, and it wasnt necessary to complete the game. And even though i finished all 3 gta games i never had to sell pornography to minors.

 #2 - 04-01-2007 at 11:17
Joined: September 8th, 2004
Posts: 56
Let them complain.. Silly little people.

 #3 - 04-01-2007 at 18:04
Joined: March 23rd, 2004
Posts: 212
they say that games make children violent... thats strange, cause when politics were kids there wasnt lots of games, so why they grew up to be such scum?

 #4 - 04-02-2007 at 18:35
From: (Mass.)
Joined: August 26th, 2005
Posts: 9
This is why everyone hates politicians and Jack Thompson cause they are religious short minded extremist. Can't wait for GTA IV though

 #5 - 04-03-2007 at 02:49
From: (Perth, WA)
Joined: March 4th, 2005
Posts: 64
killing cops is up to the player, u dont have to do it at all, only the crooked cops die

 #6 - 04-04-2007 at 02:53
Joined: December 1st, 2006
Posts: 10
i don't remember selling porno to minors in every gta game i've ever played, they never play the game, yet they complain. They must be jealous because they can't play the game cause the politics says so..

 #7 - 04-06-2007 at 03:26
Joined: February 21st, 2005
Posts: 71
They cant help them selves! Its only because True Crime did it and u killed people but why do they like that ghame and not GTA rasist! Thye just dont want a good game in NY.

 #8 - 04-08-2007 at 11:38
Joined: August 25th, 2005
Posts: 71
They can't friggin' compare New York with Disneyland! And NYC ain't the "Biggest safest city in America", thats for sure. Politicians need to get a hold of their package. Little babies. Wah! WAAAAHH!!! WAHAA! I think Peter Vallone needs his pacifier! Waah! Waaah!

 #9 - 04-09-2007 at 06:38
From: (Slunj)
Joined: September 26th, 2004
Posts: 125
they never played the game. and i don't remember selling porn to minors. they're complaining just because they're politicians and they're trying to suck up to someone.
and it's better to kill cops in a computer game than in reality.

 #10 - 04-12-2007 at 07:41
Joined: December 26th, 2005
Posts: 4
jebus heist what is the world coming to Video games are a way of fun an other form of entertainment polititians have got it all wrong there is nothing wrong with grand theft auto. I HATE PEOPLE WHO DISMISS SOMTHING WITH OUT DOING IT!!!(aimed at jack thompson and politicians) they are teh crooks in society not the gamers and game makers

 #11 - Don't Forget - 04-29-2007 at 09:08
From: (VA)
Joined: March 7th, 2007
Posts: 2
Remember though, you all know that it is pretty fun too kill cops on the game and not only cops but anyone else that might get in your way. Sometimes when i get arrested on the game i come out of the pd guns a blazin. Kill em all Rockstar will make more.

 #12 - 05-05-2007 at 14:54
Joined: September 15th, 2004
Posts: 95
First of all, safest big city in the world, bull *****. Secondly, most of the violence in GTA can be avoided if you don't want to do it. You don't have to kill cops to advance through the game. The only cops that ever need to be killed to beat the game are crooked cops. It's only as violent as you make it. Third, selling porn to kids? Where the hell does this guy get his info? Fourth, the game looks cartoon for crying out loud. It's not realistic at all. You want to find a scapegoat? Use one where the violence is actually realistic instead of cartoony. Fifth, GTA has always had a strong anti-drug message, but does anyone focus on that? No, I didn't think so.

Okay, I'm sorry about the rant, but please - I'm sick of this anti-violent video game *****. I play violent games, but I'm not a raving lunatic, nor are the millions of others who also play these games.

EDIT: Please watch your language in the future. ~ Gavin1701

 #13 - 05-06-2007 at 14:22
Joined: September 15th, 2004
Posts: 95
Sorry Gavin.

 #14 - 05-12-2007 at 21:18
Joined: April 12th, 2007
Posts: 139
u shouldnt kill cops at all.

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