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Monday, January 05, 2004

Some people are really fucking stupid.

If you don't like obscenities, you might want to skip to the next post, because I'm going to be venting.....alot. For the story go to this New York Post article. Now you will agree with the name of this post, do you not? Now I'm not going to get into Take Two's dealings with the SEC, I know way too little info about that to comment, but on to the fucking game content, because i'm quite pissed off.

I'm just going to quote what he says in the article then post my opinions under it.

"SO before turning to Take-Two's other problems, let's first pause for some thoughts on the core question of what this company actually does - which is to produce and market video games of such luxuriously violent and disgusting content as to leave one simply speechless."

Um......The Grand Theft Auto series is a parody of gangster movies, which contain content on the same level as the game. That's all I have to say about that.

"Lately, the game has been in the news quite a bit - though not for any reason Take-Two would have wanted - as leaders in the Haitian community and elsewhere have gotten noticeably torqued up about a line of dialogue that consists of the following: "Kill the Haitians.""

Okay, it's been a little over 6 months since i last finished the game, and I can't remember if the line came during a mission or during a rampage, but still the game tells you to kill a lot of fucking people, some Haitians, some White, One Black(Lance that son-of-a-bitch!), and numerous others, Lay the FUCK OFF!

"HERE'S the game's basic bit: You're a cocaine dealer, see, and you get ripped off in a drug deal that goes bad. So your mission is to get your drugs and your money back - by committing as many violent, homicidal crimes as you can possibly think up."

Yeah, I remember a movie from 1980 that had a guy taking a fucking swan dive into cocaine, and you know, a lot of elements from that movie made it into GTA: VC. Go Harass Scarface! And while your there "SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND!"(sorry, I take any chance I get to say that line.)

"And when you do, everything will look incredibly and shockingly real, with blood spewing everywhere."

Blood everywhere, I'll give him that. Real, not so much, If you have actully played the game you know that their is not much realism outside of the car physics.

"In fact, "whatever you want" is what the game is all about. Thanks to its artful and complex programming and its incredibly realistic graphics, the game creates the impression of being inside a totally unscripted, live-action drama in which you can manufacture your mayhem as you go along."

Yeah, the realistic graphics and totally unscripted live action drama, really kick in when you walk into a building and you watch a FUCKING CUTSCENE! and another issue on the realisim front, do you know any gangsters, that drown in 5 feet of water?

"People, this is insane. This is 10,000 times worse than the worst thing anybody thinks Michael Jackson ever did to a little boy - or than any lie the feds think Martha Stewart ever told them, or any line in any song that Bruce Springsteen ever sang that rankled a cop in the Meadowlands."

Holy Fucking Hell. Yes ladies and gentlemen, this supposedly respectable journalist, just said that playing a video game is worse than FUCKING A 5 YEAR OLD KID.
I swear, I can't make this shit up.

"Out of that company is spewing the glorification of mass murder and the celebration of death. And the fact that the game supposedly can't be sold to anyone under 17 years of age is completely irrelevant and changes nothing.

FOR one thing, the age cutoff is totally unenforceable, and everyone knows it. And cases surface constantly in which "Grand Theft Auto" has been linked to violence and killing. In Tennessee last summer a motorist was killed and his passenger wounded when two boys - aged 14 and 16 - played "Grand Theft Auto" and then decided to go out and take sniper shots at cars, just like in the game.

Besides: By what preposterous reasoning can one argue that once someone turns 17 years of age it magically becomes OK to glorify mass murder? Are we saying that it would have been OK for that Beltway Sniper guy - who was apparently in his 40s - to have been allowed to play "Grand Theft Auto" before going on his killing spree, but it wouldn't have been OK for that young teenager who went along with him to have done the same?

This whole age-cutoff thing is simply garbage - just like "Grand Theft Auto" itself - and sooner or later, I would imagine, we'll come to our senses and ban these games from public commerce, just like we ban child pornography and entertainment spectacles such as cock fighting and dwarf throwing."


Okay, I'll agree that the ratings system we have in place know is unenforcable Bullshit, But this guy thinks we should outlaw the First Ammendment. And he lost all sanity when he said we should outlaw like Child Porn, and then made a joke about Dwarf Throwing. Seriously, this is fucked up.

Well I hope you haven't lost too much time at work reading my thoughts, so get back to work, I'll be back later this week with my American Wedding review which is taking a little more time than I thought. And a Credit goes out to Cory Laflin's Gamer's Hangover Report at 411mania.com which directed me to the Above Article.

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