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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2006-03-13 07:25:04
Think of the Children!
Ahh...the recurrent rallying cry of the moral crusader. The message isn't new; it's just that the source of it is. Grand Theft Auto must be the absolute paragon of immorality, if prostitutes are decrying it. This is grandstanding of the highest degree. I'm considering joining the bandwagon and publishing a press release condemning GTA. It should amp up our web hits dramatically.
Here's another quote from the Sex Workers Outreach Project statement, "Since the video game Grand Theft Auto accrues points to players for the depiction of the rape and murder of prostitutes, SWOP-USA calls on all parents and all gamers to boycott Grand Theft Auto."
GTA is a violent game, yes, but its detractors invariably get the facts wrong. There is no game mechanic for rape. There are no "points" to "accrue", much less for specifically targeting the prostitutes in the game. This reminds me of Senator Lieberman's statement from a couple years back, denouncing GTA as rewarding children for killing policemen or some such. GTA only "rewards" the player for violent acts perpetrated against fellow gangsters and assorted ne'er-do-wells.
As for the moral health of our children, by all means, keep GTA out of their hands. Several of the kids in my wife's 5th grade class have played GTA. It's an M rated game, parents. Do you let your kids watch The Godfather or The Sopranos? Speaking of, yay, it's back! I'm going to tuck my son in for a nap so he can't see it, and crank up the DVR to the season premiere.