Monday, August 01, 2005

I'll let this one speak for itself, folks...

This is mostly just comedic, and yet is one of those special things that the 'net provides. Vicious satire when it is most needed.

An Open Letter to the Kansas School Board.

And also, has anyone else noticed the vast level of argument caused by Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas over the last week or so? It's been found that there is an explicitly pornographic minigame which players can unlock through cheat codes. Initially the company behind the game blamed hackers, but it's been proven to be on the PS2 version without any patch being necessary.

[If you want, I'll find links]

As it is, I'm most curious about one thing. There's a lawsuit from a woman who bought the game for her 14 year old grandson who is claiming that she was caught by false advertising, in that she didn't know about the sex.

Okay. So it's okay for your 14 year old grandson to play a game where shooting police officers is a viable option, but people spaz out because of boobs. What am I missing?

Interestingly, New Zealand is one of the few countries in the entire world where this has not been a problem, since we're using the same classification system for games as for films. All the GTA3 variants have been solidly R18, so nobody young enough to be 'damaged' by sexual content is legally allowed to play the game anyway.

I have stories about classification systems in retail. Horror stories. This happens when you work in enough video stores. There are several directly relevant to the GTA3 games and parental stupidity, which I will discuss in greater detail if people wish.


At 4:38 PM, Blogger Spivey said...

Could you provide links about the GTA issue? Have not heard about this one.

At 6:25 PM, Blogger Chris said...

I had the same thoughts when people started jumping up and down about the 'hot coffee' mod. In a game where murder, prostitution, theft, and the list goes on.... is condoned and encouraged, we accept. But when two fictional adults existing only within the realms of the game are shown to engage in a consential adult activity which is NOT illegal in any state/nation, moral issues are raise.
Interested to see that the same person who blew the whistle on hotcoffee, has attacked EA for the Sims 2 'woohoo' content, which is standard in the game. He'd die if he saw the list of mods for the game which allow teenaged sims/same-gendered sims, to engage in this. ;-)

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Kevin said...

The specific news article which summarised events perfectly has gone missing, sadly. However, here's a page which has relevant articles.

If you go websearching for 'Rockstar'+'San Andreas'+'hot coffee' that'll bring it up, as hot coffee is what they called the 'hacker mod' to cause the pr0n.


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