And The GTA Chinatown Wars Outrage Begins

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It was only a matter of time before Rockstar's Nintendo DS offering Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars fell under the scrutiny of international anti-everything groups, and what better place to start than with the "ever reputable" UK news stable, The Sun, where the news of GTA DS's drug selling mini-game isn't going over so well.

Darren Gold of charity Drugsline said: “Anything using drug-dealing as entertainment is sending out the wrong message. “Glamorisation doesn’t help our work trying to educate kids of the dangers of substance misuse.”

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See? Now that's two things parents should be doing but don't in one statement - educating their children about drugs and keeping them from playing mature video games. I do like the little addition that The Sun reporter slipped in at the end though. "Experts predict the final edition is unlikely to feature explicit criminality. " "Experts" have apparently never played a Grand Theft Auto title. Fury Over Drug Deal Vid Game [The Sun via GamePolitics]

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another rant that i have about this, If you look at the video game related accidents, that involve games such as gta. Look at the ages of those involved. they are either 17 and under. Rarely do you see anything in the news about a video game related incident that involved someone who was either 18 or up. Ok so maybe if you do, the majority involve those kids that are 17 and under. They blame games such as gta where in reality the blame should've been placed on the parents and the gamestop employees or similar thereof.

The parents because they weren't educated enough about the game, and didn't take the time out to learn the content or the game ratings. I saw a parent with a 12 year old buying them GTA 4 for their kid. Where clearly the game is rated 18 and up.

The employees who just sold the game to the minor without checking ID.

And you so called experts why not STFU! and learn more about the game rather than playing 3 mins of it and assuming after those 3 mins you know everything there is to know about it.

Why not look at the age range the game is aimed towards. When it says 18 and up, it's aimed towards those 18 and up. Don't say that the game is aimed towards little kids where in reality it isn't. Until you learn more about it, don't spout out saying that you are an expert. It further discredits your reputation by talking about stuff you have little to knowledge about.

Also something else i need to get off my chest. Those parents that are making themselves cry out about stuff like this. In my honest opinion, they are doing it to make themselves look good, when they know themselves they know they did wrong but are covering up by talking loudly, so to speak, about this subject matter.

Closing this rant up

To all parents LEARN ABOUT THE GAMES RATING SYSTEM and LEARN ABOUT WHAT YOUR KIDS ARE PLAYING!! Don't throw responsibility to the television or leave it to a game. The reason they are getting access to this stuff is because A. You are giving them money to buy the material and really don't care. B. You are completely uneducated about the content. C you aren't taking an active role in your kids's lives. D. YOU ARE LAZY AS HELL

To all

Game retail employees You guys are also partly to blame. I have only seen one instance where a gamestop employee checked ID on a Mature rated game, and refused to sell it to the minor. 98% of the time you guys never check ID on stuff like this and sell it to them. Hell I was at a gamestop and i saw the clerk ring up Grand Theft Auto to a 15 yr old without checking ID.

And to all those retarded kids taking examples from games like this. IT'S ONLY A FREAKING GAME. There are consequences in life, and if you imitate what you learn in GTA you deserver to be in jail for a long time, then sent to a mental institution.

That's my rant for now.