Thompson Targets GTA IV
*sigh* Infamous lawyer Jack Thompson has set his sights on the Xbox 360 release of GTA IV. Apparently he believes the game will find it’s way into the hands of minors and states: “I and others will endeavor to stop Microsoft from participating in any fashion, directly or indirectly, in such sales to minors.”
Is he pro-PS3 all of a sudden or is he just so ignorant that he isn’t aware it’s a simultaneous release for both the PS3 and Xbox 360. Anyway, if he’s so concerned about the game that will surely be given an 18/R rating, he should focus on retailers who illegally sell these types of games to them and try and educate the parents of said minors who fail to realise just exactly what type of game little Timmy is about to put into his console.
It really annoys me the way games (or music/movies/books) are used as a scapegoat for societies problems when the very small minority commit crimes and then people like Thompson or sections of the media place the blame firmly on games like Bully/GTA/Manhunt etc. Correct me if I’m wrong but crimes have been committed as long as man has walked the earth and back then there were no games consoles, or songs by Marilyn Manson or horror movies like SAW to shove the blame on.
Parents need to be educated a whole lot better on what they are buying for their kids and retailers need to be a lot more responsible and aware of what they are selling and who they are selling it to. I’ve been playing games since I was 6 years old and I’ve never murdered/robbed anyone or done anything that’s against the law because of what I’ve done or seen in a game.
If somebody can’t distinguish between what’s real and what’s fake in a game/movie/music/book then they are already in need of psychological help. But I guess people find it easier to look further way from home which is where the real problems are, rather than targeting what is widely perceived as forms of escapism and entertainment.
One thing is for sure, Rockstar don’t need to promote GTA IV as Thompson is providing the game with a whole load of free media exposure. 😆