Public officials have too much free time

gta_iv.jpgRecently a trailer for the next version of the popular Grand Theft Auto video game was released, and I’ll be darned if the city it takes place in doesn’t look a little familiar. Apparently the mayor and other top officials noticed the resemblance too and, like good media whores politicians, had to comment on it.

I don’t remember any bellyaching from public officials when Captain America was killed on the steps of the Federal Courthouse in New York City. And as Cully pointed out recently, while NYC is not the named central location of Superman or Batman, both Metropolis and Gotham City are veiled representations of New York City, yet I don’t remember hearing anything from public officials when recent movies came out that had some violence in them. There are certainly other video games, movies, TV shows, and comics that take place in NYC, but you don’t hear a peep from anyone. Do New Yorkers drive like they do in the Project Gotham video game? (go ahead, I know you want to comment that New Yorkers drive worse than encouraged to in the video game). What about the video game from the evangelical Left Behind series that takes place in NYC where the city is in ruins due to the battle between good and evil? Did anyone see what Godzilla did to MSG in the movie that bared his name? And correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t the TV show Heroes partially take place in NYC, and hasn’t NYC been seen in ruins in premonitions?

Perhaps I missed their statements in the news about all the other possibly objectionable, fictional worlds that take place in NYC or a place similar to NYC, and if so, that may be because the media has a special place in it’s heart for the ultra violent GTA games. I don’t know, but I’m thinking that our public officials have something better to do than commenting on fictional video games, comics, etc.

My favorite comment comes from City Councilman Peter Vallone who said, “Setting Grand Theft Auto in the safest big city in America would be like setting Halo in Disneyland.” Tell me that wouldn’t be totally awesome?! I hope Microsoft (the publisher of Halo) is listening! Imagine the thrill you could get by finally getting rid of that damned “It’s a small world” ride where the theme music just gets in your head and won’t get out, no matter what you do. I apologize if you’re hearing it right now and cursing me. I hear Schumann went crazy from that.

1 Comment so far

  1. Cully (unregistered) on April 6th, 2007 @ 11:20 am

    I’d be curious to know if Vegas has a similar reaction to their version of the game. It also reminds me of LA banning the “Homies” toys from supermarkets saying that it glorified gang culture.



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