Unless you’ve been under a rock, blithely rereading your bible and ignoring mass media, video game trends and reality, you are most likely aware that Grand Theft Auto IV, also known as GTA4 and ‘Satan’s metaphorical foot in the door of your child’s mind’ has been released in a hail of violence and cursing, mostly originating from the mouths of ‘moral’ right wing conservatives and religious nuts.
I saw an article asking why, because you can ‘get with’ a prostitute and then beat her with a bat instead of paying, the GTA4 production crew ‘hates’ women.
I played a little of this festering morass of moral decrepitude last night. My character beat up a few guys who were ganging up on the protagonist’s cousin, a loser who may actually have deserved said beating. There was a brief and gore-free knife fight. And I took a girl on a date bowling and again to a cabaret to watch a rather hilarious magician and singer. There was no disrespectful and abusive sex involved, sadly enough.
I fail to see the problem. (more…)