Wednesday, March 16, 2005

D.C. Councilman/Activists Brand Video Game Racist

Well, freedom of expression is on the ropes again. Today’s Washington Post reports that activists and D.C. Councilman Fenty (D-Ward 4) are after Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, the newest hit videogame in the GTA Series produced by RockStar Games. They claim that the game is “hate-inducing” and “fear-creating” because it features mainly black and Latino characters in “gangbanging” situations. They also claim that the game desensitizes children to violence and influences kids to joyride in stolen cars (although they readily admit that they have no proof of such links).

Now granted, the game is violent and features a lot of “naughty words”, but clearly it’s not meant for ten year olds. I find it simply amazing that some politicians continue to fail to grasp the fact that there are adults out in the world that play these games as well. Additionally, although I’m not a physiologist, I’m skeptical of the link between violent games/movies and actual violent actions. Like many others, I grew up with a healthy dose of Friday the 13th’s and Nightmare on Elm Street movies and I’ve not quite graduated to serial killings. And I hate to point out the obvious, but D.C. has had serious problems with violence WAY before video games graduated from the days of Pong.

Finally, I find it truly ironic that only now, when the main characters in a GTA game are black is the game called racist. Seems they had no problem with the series when the characters where Italian, Cuban or WASP.

Screw this, I’m going to play my X Box.


At 3/16/2005 12:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some juvenile delinquents in this area were busted spray painting graffiti and cited grand theft auto as the reason they did it. Yeah right. Not accepting personal responsibility is getting creative. Heaven forbid we use the term cop out. That may just hurt someones feelings. I remember growing up and the same sunnybrook farm do gooders cited the violence on bugs bunny as a reason for societies ills. And ya just have to love the argument for Eubonics. As far as racism, you are correct. This crap will never end.


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