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.