Friday, July 15, 2005

Stardate 59535.53: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

It has been some time since I have written here, so I will put in several separate entries so that people can ignore the ones they don’t care about. You hear that, my 1-2 readers? Don’t just read the first article below. There are at least two new ones.

This is the most stupid situation I can imagine. Wait…no, GW did win a second term.

Here is the deal, the software for GTA had code in it, that only when coupled with a third-party software modification, adds sex scenes. Every idiot senator and lawmaker seems to be going after the game's maker, Rockstar Games Inc. Bear in mind that the game is rated “M”, so that only people 17 and older are supposed to purchase it. The “M” rating covers “intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content, and/or strong language”.

First, the idiots think it should be rated “A”. I think the modification should be rated “A”, but the game by itself DOES NOT CONTAIN the sex acts. So “M” is appropriate.

Second, the idiots say that people under 17 get the game. Blame the parents. Blame the retailers. Do not blame the game maker. Blaming the game maker for people underage getting the game is like blaming the MPAA or Paramount when a theater in Wisconsin permits 14-year olds into a “R” movie. The fault is with the theater, not the MPAA or Paramount. Likewise, don’t blame the game maker if the stores are selling it to underage buyers or if parents are purchasing it for their kids.

Third, where are the damn parents? To all you parents out there…YOU have the responsibility to monitor your kids games, TV, movies, Internet use, book reading, etc. Don’t blame HBO for a series like Deadwood, and don’t blame Rockstar Games for GTA…blame YOURSELVES for not monitoring your kids more closely.

This whole situation really pisses me off. Lets focus on people breaking the law by…oh I don’t know…maybe leaking the names of CIA operatives, and focus less on video games.

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