GTA IV Slammed by the British press before release

Predictably, the conservative British press are up in arms yet again about a GTA game. This time the game hasn’t even been released.

GTA IV has been in the Daily Express over a section of the game which involves driving whilst extremely drunk. They claim to be worried that it will encourage teenage drivers to drink-drive.

The RAC has also spoken out over the same section of the game which is called “Getting Blind Drunk”. Sheila Rainger, acting director of the RAC  said: “Young people are very impressionable, and their age group is  over-represented in the crash statistics so we can’t risk anything that that could be seen as normalising drink-driving.”

This is not an unexpected development and Sam Houser commented on media flak for the GTA series in a recent interview: “I expect it because we’ve had so much in the past.”

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2 thoughts on “GTA IV Slammed by the British press before release

  1. I don’t understand what’s the uproar. It’s only a game.

    Although the prior volumes of GTA were racy, the controls weren’t that good. Even Resident Evil 4’s controls are better than the GTA series.

  2. I agree. The uproar is from people who neither play nor understand games.

    In the end it’s just a bit of fun and I don’t think will normalise drink-driving in the slightest.

    The GTA series seems to go straight over the heads of the British press. It’s just another joke that the British press seem to have missed.

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