Give me a break

[Oh please.](http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050727/ap_on_hi_te/video_game_lawsuit)

>NEW YORK – A woman upset that she bought the video game “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” for her 14-year-old grandson without knowing it contained hidden, sexually explicit scenes sued the manufacturer Wednesday on behalf of consumers nationwide.

>Florence Cohen, 85, of New York, said in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that the game’s manufacturer, Rockstar Games, and its parent company, New York-based Take Two Interactive Software Inc., engaged in false, misleading and deceptive practices.

Like “Grand Theft Auto” was suitable for her 14 year-old grandson *before* he unlocked the “hot coffee” thing?!? What message do we sent our kids…it’s okay to brutally and graphically kill and maim everything in your path as long as you don’t have sex?

Truth is, like smokers’ lawsuit the so-called plaintiff was probably handpicked by folks with deep pockets who want to prove a point. Not that I disagree with the point, but let’s call it for what it is. I can see the lawyers, “Okay, now we just have to find a sympathetic 85 year-old grandma-type who is willing to get her name in the papers.”

I agree with the rating changing to “Adults Only.” But personally, I think it should have been AO all along. Why does a sex scene cross a line that role playing that you’re chopping off someone’s head and watching the blood spurt out all over the place doesn’t? If anything, the sex scene is tame and consentual and one of the least disturbing elements of the game (or so I’ve heard…wouldn’t dream of giving in to my curiousity and watching one of the many movie clips of it that are available online).

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2 thoughts on “Give me a break

  1. Glad to see I’m not the only who thinks the game should have always been rated “AO”. Problem is the game would never sell if it was rated “AO” from the start.

  2. I’ve seen the clips, and they are rather tame in comparison to the rest of the game (although the intercourse does require user input, which makes it a sort of “sex sim”). I think this is the basic psychosis of American culture (alas, my culture) that the violence which corrodes civilized society is treated with a light hand but sexuality, which is a potentially postitive force that can bring us closer, is maligned and repressed.

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