Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Grand Theft Auto:Sunday

The 15 minute report/informercial on Grand Theft Auto on TVNZ's Sunday was the most retarded journalism I've seen since I last watched 20/20. Shock! Horror! Children are playing an R18 game and it could have negative effects!!! Next week on Sunday, a group of 7 year olds will have shots of vodka, smoke cigars, engage in consensual sexual intercourse, sign a hire purchase contract and vote in an election, it's called "Teaching kids to be Hitler - The Dangers of under-age voting". Where is that long-awaited NZ version of the 'Daily Show' (sans Radar) to deal with 'stories' like these?
The Sunday report was obviously a clever promotional tie-in with the recent XBox and PC releases of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The best function of the Xbox/PC versions is the ability to import your own 'radio station' music tracks into the game to complement the already brilliant soundtrack. To make this post look more substantial, these are my current top 10 imported tracks on my GTA:SA playlist,
(all tracks have to be pre-1993 and match the tone of the game)
Kenny Loggins - Danger Zone
Eazy E - Real Muthaphukkin G's
Manfred Mann - Blinded by the light
Salt n' Pepa - Push it
The Clash - Guns of Brixton
Snap! - The Power
2 Live Crew - Put her in the Buck
Brewer & Shipley - One toke over the Line
Tears for Fears - Sowing the Seeds of Love
Kris Kross - Jump


Anonymous said...

Ironically, the nice people at Xbox sent me a copy of GTA just after I'd finished the "Sunday" story...

The real point of the story, which you obviously missed (but everyone else, including the gamers on GamePlanet seemed to get) is that most parents don't have a clue what their kids are up to, games-wise.

I found it really interesting (though perhaps not surprising) while doing this story how much ignorance there is among parents. R18 just doesn't mean R18 when it comes to games, apparently, because "games are for kids".

If they need a bit of shock and pixel-related violence to make them sit up and pay an interest in their kids' recreation, so be it.

As you were. 

Posted by DC

Anonymous said...

I didn't miss that point as such, it was more that I chose to ignore it because it didn't fit with my rant.
Seriously though, that aspect was not explored in any substansial manner, other than "isn't this parent of a 7 yr old fucking dumb", perhaps there could have been more discussions with dept of internal affairs over why they choose to not enforce the law, or why childrens gaming magazines feature GTA-SA alongside pokemon games, but I assume that wouldn't be sensationalist enough for Sunday unfortunately, instead it seems far better ratings-wise to go with money quotes from a child psychologist inferring that GTA players are somehow mentally disturbed 

Posted by Nick Eynon

Anonymous said...

Where have all the comments gone? 

Posted by DC

Anonymous said...

I like the current rating system where only violent games that aren't very good get banned i.e Postal 2 & Manhunt
The GTA series has far more dodgy elements than either of those games, GTA-SA even has 'stealth kills' lifted straight out of the banned game Manhunt, yet GTA is not banned? 

Posted by Geoff

Anonymous said...

Stealth kills are old news, I did those on a ninja game back on the ps1

The whole story was shit, Garth Bray- what were you thinking! How the mighty have fallen.
Especially as they were showing GTA Vice city screens

Posted by Pete

Nick Eynon said...

Comments should be fixed now, I hope.