Thursday, July 14, 2005

I shout but I know not what I say

I just finished reading an article about Senator Clinton calling for an investigation into the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas game. Turns out she probably has never seen nor played the game. That's too bad. If she had then maybe she could talk intelligently about it. She said, "They're playing a game that encourages them to have sex with prostitutes and then murder them. You know, that's kind of hard to digest." Correction: you can pick up a prostitute and take her to a quiet place and your car rocks back and forth and you hear some suggestive sounds. There is a thing called "the hooker trick" where after she gets out of the car you can shoot her and take her money, including the money you just gave her. The game does not 'encourage' this. You can shoot any non-player character at any time and risk getting caught by the cops. Some kid somewhere figured out the so called "hooker trick." You can make the game as violent as you want. It's wide open. If you choose not pick up prostitutes then you don't.

I think it's funny that some of the hysterical social commentary in the game never gets mentioned. The game repeatedly skewers political posing like Clinton's. Maybe that's what really annoys them is the game hits a little too close to home concerning the realities of living in America. If a kid played this game and paid attention to the radio soundtracks and the dialogue in the cut scenes he might walk away with less respect for what passes as authority and that's dangerous.

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