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Senator Clinton Slams GTA

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the least-favorite-bandwagon dept.

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Joining the ranks of such luminaries as Jack Thompson and Governor Blagojevich, GamesIndustry.biz has the word that Senator Hillary Clinton has joined right wing advocates in decrying the gaming industry as a paragon of loose morals and corrupting influences. From the article: "Children are playing a game that encourages them to have sex with prostitutes and then murder them...This is a silent epidemic of media desensitisation that teaches kids it's OK to diss people because they are a woman, they're a different colour or they're from a different place." Commentary available at The Australian. Update: 03/30 02:22 GMT by T : Thanks to reader mantle_etching, here is a link to the entire speech as delivered, so you can judge its content for yourself.

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Fantasy and reality (5, Funny)

fembots (753724) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079475)

You think killing prostitutes are bad? Wait until you see soldiers team-killing each other in CounterStrike.

Re:Fantasy and reality (4, Interesting)

prell (584580) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079577)

Are there any studies that link games to real life violence, discrimination, or any altered behavior at all?

Re:Fantasy and reality (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079628)

Billary is doing this to create the illusion that she is centrist for a run in '08

This one time, at the Whitehouse... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079618)

"I learned it from YOU !!!!"

I really like the part in GTA where the intern sticks the cigar up her ya-ya. That's HAWT!

FP FP FP!! (-1, Offtopic)

IdJit (78604) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079476)

FINALLYY!!!

denial ain't just a river in Egypt.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079537)

So close yet so far away...

Re:FP FP FP!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079541)

Except not...

So close!... (1)

ldipenti (47254) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079549)

Keep trying! ;-)

Re:FP FP FP!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079573)

Nope, you're still an unemployed, pale-white virgin fucktard living in mom's basement, masturbating fervently to downloaded pr0n hoping mom won't hear you. Too bad your skill with D & D doesn't translate to anything in the real world.

Probably hits too close to home... (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079478)


... but did you ever notice that not a single politician slams Thief [eidosinteractive.com] ?

Or... (1)

kentyman (568826) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079480)

Or it's just an entertaining game.

Re:Or... (5, Insightful)

Golias (176380) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079652)

The key part of the sound bite:

"Children are playing a game that encourages them to have sex with prostitutes and then murder them..."

Wow. Sounds like those children have some really crappy parents. My brother would never let his daughter play a game like Grand Theft Auto.

Perhaps, Senator Clinton, this is what comes of trying to get the "village" to raise a child. There are a lot of jerks in any given community who will happily sell violent soft-core pornography to children at $60 retail.

I agree (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079484)

It is wrong to murder prostitutes after you have sex with them.

Unless they charge more than $50, then its ok.

STAY OUT OF OUR PERSONAL LIVES! (3, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079486)

Imagine that... Senator Clinton, the woman who stood by her morally correct husband while at the top of the US government who supported his second in command's wife's desire to mark "inappropriate" music as such, supporting "proper" moral behavior for the inhabitants of this "free" country.

"Children are playing a game that encourages them to have sex with prostitutes and then murder them," she said in a statement on the issue. "This is a silent epidemic of media desensitisation that teaches kids it's OK to diss people because they are a woman, they're a different colour or they're from a different place."

Hmmm, what about the US Government desensitizing these same children using the same television by killing and torturing real people during wars in Afghanistan and Iraq or announcing that the head of the US Government was getting his cock sucked by a cigar smoking slut who was married to the same woman who is so against immoral behavior being shown to children?

The parents are letting their children play GTA and they are letting them watch the news. It's up to the parents of these children to give them direction in life not Senator Clinton or anyone else.

I'd like someone to sit down the youngsters in our country and try to explain to them how killing or torturing someone in a war that was permitted under false pretenses is morally acceptable but allowing an incapacitated woman to pass away peacefully is not. Or how the President willed a young woman to suck him off and put a cigar in her vagina because he had the power to do so was still allowed to run this "moral" country after he was found guilty of lying?

Let's have our parents teach us the morals they believe not the mixed messages that the US Government is sending.

Please stay out of the personal lives of your constituents. We don't need you tell us how to live our lives to be as "moral" as all of you.

Re:STAY OUT OF OUR PERSONAL LIVES! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079634)

Imagine that... Senator Clinton, the woman who stood by her morally correct husband while at the top of the US government who supported his second in command's wife's desire to mark "inappropriate" music as such, supporting "proper" moral behavior for the inhabitants of this "free" country.

You seem to be forgetting that there was a period of ten years between the two events...

fp! (-1, Offtopic)

starm_ (573321) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079488)

fp!

Re:fp! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079638)

not!

Yet she supported her husband when he had Monica (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079489)

She needs to learn the difference between fantasy and reality.

Slashdot Translator (0, Flamebait)

Tarcastil (832141) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079493)

"The parents are responsible for teaching kids morals, not video games!"
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
"She's right and actually has a solution to lessening violence, but we want our video games!"

Re:Slashdot Translator (3, Insightful)

poot_rootbeer (188613) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079668)

"She's right and actually has a solution to lessening violence, but we want our video games!"

She's NOT right, and her "solution" solves NOTHING.

Kids don't grow up to become prostitute-murdering psychopaths because they played a videogame that "taught them it was cool." Give children a little bit of credit here.

Hmmm.. (0, Troll)

JayPee (4090) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079496)

Aren't we teaching our "kids" the same thing in Afghanistan and Iraq?

Huh? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079498)

Did she actually use the word diss?

Re:Huh? (1)

The Other White Boy (626206) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079534)

man i read the blurb at 0 comments and asked the same question. i'm glad i read these first 11 before i tried posting it.

It's not the government's place (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079504)

it's the fucking parents'.

Yep, corrupting influences abound... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079505)

Which explains why juvenile crime rates have been on a steady downward trend ever since Nolan Bushnell popped up with the Atari VCS.

let's do the time warp again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079506)

Macs are back, GTA is bad...

When the hell did it become 2001 again?

maybe i'm gittin' old... (1, Insightful)

Sebastopol (189276) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079509)

but GTA is pretty fvcking twisted for a 18 y.o. to be playing... sorry, but it really, really is morally vapid. game or no game, there's no need to plant those seeds.

Re:maybe i'm gittin' old... (1)

Sebastopol (189276) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079587)

sorry, there was a less-than sign, but it got stripped out as html... i meant SUB-18yo.

Re:maybe i'm gittin' old... (2, Insightful)

bluprint (557000) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079649)

Talk about seeds...it's ok for an 18 y/o to kill real people (and be taught to do it efficiently), but not play a video game?

Quick! BAN BOOKS! (4, Insightful)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079513)

I know of some books that suggest similar things! Kids could read it then do it! Ban all forms of seeing while we are at it!!


If your kid has a problem defining fantasy vs reality, video games are the least of his concern...

Re:Quick! BAN BOOKS! (4, Insightful)

Webtommy88 (515386) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079677)

Ban the bible, lest the citizens learn to stone rapists, murders, and maybe even the politicians to death.

This wouldn't be quite so hypocritical... (3, Insightful)

composer777 (175489) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079515)

if the government Senator Clinton represents didn't use violence every day to solve it's problems. This is quite a bit bigger problem than the extremely questionable link that video games have with real world violence. I realize that the government wants to maintain a monopoly on violence, but this seems to be taking it a bit too far.

Re:This wouldn't be quite so hypocritical... (2, Interesting)

goldspider (445116) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079632)

Hmmm, and all this time I was under the impression that Sen. Clinton represented the people of New York. Who knew?

Colour (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079516)

Though I'm sure she pronounced it "color" originally..

So... (1)

kunwon1 (795332) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079520)

Are they saying that we should only kill the prostitutes we don't sleep with, or what?

Shes just mad.... (1)

Evil W1zard (832703) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079521)

Cuz her husband is a frequent player and won't give ol' pumpkin legs the time of day.

Campaign Tactic (5, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079523)

Discussion is a good thing. If you read further into the Australian article this appears more a political tack than anything substantive. Even so, I've seen some of the GTA footage and wonder where we're going. Fantasy is OK, to what point? Discussion is important because while people are forced to defend opinions rather than simply bully the opposing view, options are open. I've thought Free Speach, regarding the content of video games to be a pretty tawdry use of constitutional protection. But years ago I could sacrifice the corpse of a @ at an altar in NetHack, granted it was very graphic, but I haven't tried that to anyone on the street lately.

I remember reading about how wonderful alcohol was, while in Jr. High and Highschools. Never Cry Wolf, by Farley Mowat, painted a lovely picture of something called "wolf juice" which was (IIRC) half whiskey and half beer. This book was required reading for some classes. Should I blame Mr. Mowat for how much I spend on ales, porters and stouts these days? I suggest a few million to conduct a meaningful study. If it's approved, I'll see you all down at the bar, first round is on me.

What, you're surprised? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079527)

The only reason the Republicans freak out so much and sling so much shit at Hillary Clinton is they know she's one of them. They aren't afraid of her because she's "liberal"-- she isn't. They're afraid of her because she's competition.

diss?! (5, Funny)

JazzyJ (1995) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079528)

Hilary Clinton... used the word 'diss' in a sentence? Hilary Clinton?!?...

Isn't that one of the signs of the Apocalypse???!?!

Are we sure it wasn't George Clinton?....

Speaking on behalf of Ontarians (1)

Morphix84 (797143) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079530)

Leave the Greater Toronto Area alone..

Young Republicans (5, Insightful)

onyxruby (118189) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079531)

Is Hilary Clinton trying to swell the ranks of the Young Republicans? Whatever happened to Democrats sticking up for things like civil liberties? When do I get my Deomocrat party back from the corps and self righteous? Yet another disillusioned Democrat that desperatelhy want a middle of the road party to balance things out in this country of mine.

Re:Young Republicans (5, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079594)

Whatever happened to Democrats sticking up for things like civil liberties? When do I get my Deomocrat party back from the corps and self righteous?

At the same time I get my Republican Party back from the New Aged GOP that has started supporting Big Government, Business, and Big Spending.

what bs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079532)

she doesn't knwo what she is talking about

she couldn't be going for the minivan mom vote.. (1)

evilmousse (798341) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079533)


and distancing herself from her husband's "moral" issues, in preparation for the 2008 election?

hahaha (1)

ak3ldama (554026) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079535)

but it is ok to slam people if they are a man, white, or from the same place. or is that what all those deer hunter games are for?

They're RIGHT! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079543)

I want to kill male hookers too!

You know, Senator Clinton, (1, Funny)

mekkab (133181) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079545)

When I'm bashing the brains out of a hooker, I like to pretend its you.

wow, I just creeped myself out. (1)

mekkab (133181) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079625)

Trust me, the parent post sounded a lot funnier in my head. Please mod down.

Politicians as Idols instead? (1)

Taladar (717494) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079552)

So perhaps children should just take politicians and strive to be like them. After all it is so much better to have no conscience, be totally ego-centric, lie whenever it furthers your interests, take action when someone pays you instead of following your ideals, ...

Children? (2, Insightful)

CMF Risk (833574) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079553)

Im 21 years old, and Im definately not the oldest gamer out there. Someone should remind them that video games aren't just for children anymore.

Some Perspective (0, Flamebait)

goldspider (445116) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079557)

"We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

--Senator Hillary Clinton, June 28, 2004

Do you really want her as your next president?

Re:Some Perspective (1)

Sebastopol (189276) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079670)

As opposed to someone who calls Planned Parenthood staff "evildoers"? You betcherass. Funny, that quote is pretty much the mantra of every conservative.

nice move (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079560)

you just pissed off a ton of your potential future voters

From the article: (1)

brouski (827510) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079564)

Brent Bozell, president of Parents Television Council, an influential conservative watchdog, said: "Hillary's would-be Republican competitors had better take notice. She is successfully outflanking them on a hugely important issue she intends to make her own."

Because it's worked so well nationally for Joe Lieberman?

I have to agree!! (1)

tod_miller (792541) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079565)

"that teaches kids it's OK to diss people because they are a woman, they're a different colour or they're from a different place"

I have to agree it isn't ok! I like busted up a coupla prozzies and I got 3 stars and the next thing I knew I had the pigs bustin' caps all over the shop, I had to hide behind some old folk!

Well I died, and the moral of the story is, if you go busting up prozzies, the next day when you get out on a bribe you are gonna have to walk hella far and restart your mission.

So like I said, I have to argee...

Don't worry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079567)

She's just trying to look more moderate in preparation for her run for president in 2008. Once she's elected, she'll be back to her normal rabid leftwing lunatic self.

Yeah... So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079570)

It IS ok to diss women.

GTA definitely had no effect on me. (5, Funny)

The_Rippa (181699) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079572)

I was murdering prostitutes WAY before GTA came out.

Yawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079575)

Hillary plans to run for president in 2008 and wants to look like less of a liberal.

Won't someone please think of the children? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079576)

Heaven forbid that something be done about the parents who purchase these immoral and degrading games for their kids.

Art Imitating Life (2, Funny)

MudButt (853616) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079579)

I'm still waiting for a game that will depict Clinton's white house years.

Leisure Suit Larry don't got shit on Bill!

"loose morals" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079580)

I'm sure Hilary knows all about being loose.

It's 10 o'clock (1)

ziploclogic (765424) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079586)

...do you know where your children are?

You should! Personally, I love the game. However, I would never let my child play it.

That reminds my of something I heard once regarding children repeating what they see in movies/video games, "If that were true, then all of us that played Pac Man would be running around listening to repetitive dance music and eating little pills." This refers to the rave scene, of course. To which I was once a willing participant.

I GOT OWNED BY ARIEL SHARON AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079592)

lousy t-shirt.

Dissing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079596)

All these new fangled games allowing kids to diss each other... God forbid Hilary ever plays Counter-Strike.

I think the worrying thing... (2, Insightful)

MaestroSartori (146297) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079598)

...about violent games is that parents are buying them for their children, and abdicating the responsibility for moral choice about what their kids see and participate in to complete strangers, ie us game developers.

If they're making an informed choice to say "Ok Jimmy, you can smoke cops and bang that ho!", they can't complain about it. If they're not making that choice and the kid does it anyway, that's their fault too...

fp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079599)

fp

Not only did she say "diss"... (2, Funny)

IdJit (78604) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079600)

but she used Word's grammar checker [slashdot.org] to prepare her speech...

"...it's OK to diss people because they are a woman"

Dat ho' be trippin', yo!

In Other News... (3, Insightful)

CmdrChillupa (166635) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079601)

Your husband (the most powerful person in the world at the time) got a blowjob from an ugly intern, he blew his wad on her dress and defouled a fine cigar. And then lied about it on national tv.

What did our children learn from that experience.... Other than women that are with powerful men have to put up with such nonsense.

I agree (1)

shawng (814093) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079602)

I never thought I would say this, but I couldn't agree more with Hillary Clinton.

don't diss me! (2, Interesting)

dlZ (798734) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079603)

"...that teaches kids it's OK to diss people..."

I hope that's a misquote.

Political games... (1)

Webtommy88 (515386) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079604)

Perhaps we should star to decry the games politicians play. They're clearly more damaging than any violent video game. Perhaps I should get a Jack Thomson equivalent to sue the government for allowing politicians to squander our money and yield to fringe interests.

Well then... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079605)

She just lost my vote for her presidency.

Has she ever played the game? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079607)

Probably not.

this means... (1)

phillk6751 (654352) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079610)

that my vote for her for the election of 2008 is out the window. She might as well register as a Republican.

Heard in the background.... (2, Funny)

four2five (645777) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079616)

"Hey Hillary, looky here, I just blew up a tank with the rocket launcher, whooo-eh."
"Shut up Bill, I pandering to parents that don't take the time to raise their own kids here"

I doubt she said "colour". (2, Funny)

Jurph (16396) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079617)

Those Australian papers always distort the truth. The distinguished Senator from New York clearly said "color."

first slam (n/t) (1)

innerlimit (593217) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079620)

first!

Riiight... (1)

Telastyn (206146) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079621)

And the fact that the United States has only ever had white male Presidents and Vice Presidents doesn't do the same exact thing.

Bullshit (5, Insightful)

op51n (544058) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079627)

It doesn't make you kill prostitutes. Just something you are free to do, as in real life. I choose not to in SA, for various reasons.

Also I think with SA they have been more consistent with who is racist/sexist &c. You're character isn't overly either, yet the more dislikable people are, as in films for instance.

I bought it, and it had an 18 label on it. Moral of the story - DON'T LET YOUR KIDS PLAY IT IF THEY'RE NOT INTELLIGENT, FREE THINKING INDIVIDUALS. Jesus!

A democrat with morals? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079630)

A democrat with morals?

Prez Clinton (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079635)

Let the 2008 presidential campaign begin!

Thanks Senator! (1)

Stonent1 (594886) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079637)

Because of your husband, more children know what a blowjob is. But if you think about Joe Lieberman was the guy to get all this blame the video game stuff rolling in the first place.

Underlying Issue (3, Insightful)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079640)

This may be counter to most of the belief's here, but I think that with games such as GTA there is an underlying issue of responsibility. While I am not blaming the game company for what they have produced, I certainly do think that games such as GTA should not be played by kids. Simply telling parents to not allow their children to play really isn't enough and doesn't get to the core of the issue. What responsibility do game producers have for content that is likely to end up being played by kids? How about the responsibility of parents? And the responibility of your kid's friend's parents? ('cause just because you don't allow it in your house, doesn't mean that Billy doesn't have it.) I think there needs to be more discussion along these points and less finger pointing of who's to blame.

"Children are playing..." (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079641)

Right there is the problem. The game is marked as Mature. Parents, take an interest in your children and what they are doing! Practice self-censoring, it is not the goverment't concern. I believe the government has more pressing issues to concern themselves with!

Am I the only one who sees this as obvious?

Why, of course (1)

daniil (775990) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079648)

FTA: Researchers from the University of Oklahoma recently found that two-thirds of school fights were instigated by regular video game players, but in the study of 607 students only four fights were started by children who had never played such games. Other studies showed that violent games would not cause serious problems in healthy families, but could do so in families where children were left alone for many hours.

It must have occurred to someone that maybe videogames are only part of the problem. Of course they do deserve researchers' attention, but the media attention has, imo, been way too one-sided (videogames are bad!).

OMG! (1)

rbochan (827946) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079650)

WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!11!!oneone!!OMGWTFBBQ!!!!!

The ever-lasting cry of 'moral-superiority'.

To paraphrase a modern day philosopher...
"I love to go down to the schoolyard and watch all the little children jump
up and down and run around yelling and screaming.
They don't know I'm only using blanks."

How Intolerant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079653)

Gee, how intolerant Senator Clinton is of a minority culture...

For the love of pete... (1)

Duositex (620105) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079654)

Next up: GTA: District of Columbians

Wish you could bust a cap in her ass in the game.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079655)

Just another loudmouth idiot on a soapbox spouting her ignorant $.02 since school shootings and child safety are again all the rage thanks to Chief Dum-Dum Whomp-um up in Cheeseville...

With friends like these.... (1)

Golgafrinchan (777313) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079661)

From the article:

Clinton has been joined in her attack on violent games by Republican senators Sam Brownback and Rick Santorum - the latter of whom is best known for his outspoken stance on homosexuality, which he is accused of comparing to bestiality in public statements.

Obviously Senator Clinton wouldn't agree with everything Senator Santorum says... But given that she may try to run for President in 2008, you'd think she'd try to be careful so as not to align herself with someone who says something as wacky as that.

Street Speak (1)

tod_miller (792541) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079663)

Doesn't 'slam' mean good now?

So she gave it some cred huh? Like 'Yo, that GTA is slammin', ya mean?'.

Sorry watching to many teen movies. Back to work I guess. Heck it is dark outside, must be time to go home.

Or so I heard. I only speak Klingon, L33t and Esperanto, which sadly covers 96% of the /. crowd, and the sadder thing is, the remaining 4% speak an unofficial klingon tongue.

V1nc3 F0st3r (1)

ectotherm (842918) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079666)

Speaking of Hillary, how about that video game where you murder someone and make it look like suicide in a park? Oh, wait...

Now I will take (1)

OAB_X (818333) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079667)

A wild guess that she never even played the game, only asked if "is it true you can have sex with prostitutes" or "can you kill people?" If she had actually played the game she would have realized that for all this hoo-haa rarara stuff going on, its not actually that bad. Postal is probaby a worse game. GTA:III, GTA:VC, GTA:SA all are while not being tame, pretty unrealistic.

I dont know of anyone who after playing GTA:III decided to get a rocket launcher from an army surplus store, shoot down a police helicopter and then take out an AK-47 and blast the living dayligts out of 100 moronic cops. How can you believe a game where characters say "my mothers my sister?" Thats a real good description of reality there.

I suggest that Hillary get her head out of her ass before it gets so covered in s**t that she can see the light of day.

New GTA characters (0)

nizo (81281) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079669)

How long until the GTA dev team starts adding characters into new versions, like a Hillary Clinton hooker hanging out with gay male hookers that look suspiciously like Sam Brownback and Rick Santorum?

Summary of articles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079671)

The top sentences follow

http://gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=76 60
[1]
Clinton, who is reportedly planning to seek the Democratic presidential nomination for the 2008 election, has aligned herself with hardline right-wing Republican senators in order to pressure Congress into researching the impact of electronic media on children.
[2]
She wants a $90 million investigation to be launched into the impact of games and other electronic media on the "cognitive, social, emotional and physical development" of children, according to a Sunday Times report.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/comm on/story_ page/0,5744,12675659%255E2703,00.html
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They want President George W. Bush and Congress to launch a $US90 million ($116 million) investigation of the impact of electronic media on children's "cognitive, social, emotional and physical development".
[2]
Senator Clinton, who is expected to seek the Democrats' presidential nomination in 2008, has teamed up with two arch-conservative Republican senators, Rick Santorum and Sam Brownback

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What is interesting is the 90 million dollars.
How did they make up that number? And whose
pocket is it going to help? The prostitutes on the streets or pyschologists?

right wing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079676)

One doesn't have to be "right wing" to object to rape, murder, and theft.

Some truth in it... (1)

pubjames (468013) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079680)


Firstly, let me say that I am generally against censorship. I have no problem with violent films or hardcore porn being accessible to adults.

However, having played GTA a bit, I have to say that I have changed my mind in some respects. The problem with GTA as I see it, is that it is very effective in teaching you how to act in an extreme criminal situation.

For instance - dragging the driver out of a car and then making off with a car. It I hadn't of played GTA, I don't think that would have occured to me, and it seems to be a very effective way of getting away (if you are not bothered about breaking the law).

Right problem, wrong solution. (1)

Sialagogue (246874) | more than 9 years ago | (#12079683)


Kids are playing GTA, kids are looking at porno on the Net, kids are shooting each other with guns from their parents unlocked gun cabinets. But GTA, porn, and guns are not meant to "teach" kids anything. They're not meant to be anywhere near kids.

We cannot babyproof the entire world, parents should take responsibility for controlling what children see, where they go, what they do, and what they play. If every parent were as firm with their kids as Hillary wants to be with the industry, there wouldn't be a problem to solve.

Same old bullshit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12079684)

What a suprise, a senator jumping on a bandwagon that they have no idea about. I find it extremely disturbing that children are being used as the reason to attack a form of media that is in no way targetted toward them.

Remember folks, votes count.
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