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"LOS ANGELES - Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants a stricter rating on "Grand Theft Auto IV."

The organization is calling on the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, the independent organization that assigns video-game ratings, to reclassify "GTA IV" as an Adults Only game. The action-driving game, which includes the ability to drive while intoxicated, is currently rated Mature.

"Drunk driving is not a game, and it is not a joke," MADD said in a statement released Tuesday. "Drunk driving is a choice, a violent crime and it is also 100 percent preventable."

MADD is also calling on publisher Take-Two Interactive and developer Rockstar Games to consider stopping distribution of the game — which analysts expect to sell 9 million copies and make over $400 million at launch — "out of respect for the millions of victims/survivors of drunk driving."

In the critically acclaimed open-world game, players have the choice of patronizing a bar and then attempting to drive drunk. While virtually under the influence, the screen becomes blurred and the controls are more difficult to use. Players also have the option of hailing a taxi or walking. The intoxication effects wear off after a few minutes in the game.

"We have a great deal of respect for MADD's mission, but we believe the mature audience for 'Grand Theft Auto IV' is more than sophisticated enough to understand the game's content," Rockstar Games said in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday. "For the same reason that you can't judge an entire film or television program by a single scene, you can't judge 'Grand Theft Auto IV' by a small aspect of the game."

"GTA IV" follows the criminal exploits of protagonist Niko Bellic, an imigrant-turned-gangster who travels from Eastern Europe to Liberty City, the game's fictional locale based on New York City. As Bellic, players can hijack cars, earn cash for criminal activities, shoot innocent bystanders and visit strip clubs.

MADD declined to comment further about their statement."


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#2
I agree.
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#3
you'd think they'd be madder about driving drunk and playing mario kart
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#4
They honestly need to mind their own freaking business, and if they don't want THEIR children playing it, then so be it, but they can't tell other people how to live parent their own children.

My two cents.
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#6
Yeah, the most outrageous aspect about GTA IV is the drunk driving, not the violent killings, theft, prostitution, or destruction of property.

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you'd think they'd be madder about driving drunk and playing mario kart


#7
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They honestly need to mind their own freaking business, and if they don't want THEIR children playing it, then so be it, but they can't tell other people how to live parent their own children.

My two cents.


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#8
Well it isn't like the game is encouraging you to drive while intoxicated. If you didn't get a wanted level or crash your car when driving drunk in the game, I could see why they would be mad, but as it is, the game clearly portrays drinking and driving as a bad thing to do.
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#9
You garner police attention in game while driving drunk, same as in real life. Actually, more attention. 'nuff said, really.
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"LOS ANGELES - Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants a stricter rating on "Grand Theft Auto IV."

The organization is calling on the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, the



Ummmm... Why are they bitching and not making thier husbands dinner??


im just kidding
#12
here we go again...i cant stand all of this relating games to real life garbage. When will people understand that a game is a game and that they are not real. Might as well change the ratings on the harry potter games while theyre at it. Kids shouldnt be learning about witchcraft and magic
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#13
thats stupid
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#14
lol when ever i drink in drive in the game, i end up in a horrible crash
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Quote by InvaderTSN
Yeah, the most outrageous aspect about GTA IV is the drunk driving, not the violent killings, theft, prostitution, or destruction of property.





You didn't know? Drunk driving is like 200% worse than shooting someone in the face. That's why you get more jail time when you get caught doing it.
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#16
Oh my God I love these people.


You realize they will never make a difference, right? That's what keeps me from being madd (lulz) at them, it's the fact that they are wasting their time on things like this. I'm going to go play GTA and kill every cop in the game just to spite these *****s.
#17
"Grand Theft Auto does not promote drunk driving, and if anything, goes to certain lengths to persuade players to not get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol. Through in-game dialogue, characters openly state that they should not be driving while intoxicated; the in-game UI insists that players take a cab rather than drive to their destination while drunk; if a player still chooses to get behind the wheel of a virtual car while drunk, the driving is extremely difficult and the player finds themselves being pursued by the police."

-GTA4.net
#18
Is it true that when you pick up a hooker in that game and have sex with it, it shows everything?
#19
Well I can agree with them on the drunk driving part it really isn't a game and shouldn't be portrayed as one, but they should lighten up seeing as GTA IS however a game overall, and game related violence does not promote violence as violence has been around forever and won't leave just because games do.
#20
MADD is a well-intentioned organization that does a lot of good things, but statements like this make them look like a bunch of whiney parents trying to blame their childrens flaws on the media. They need to keep focusing on the real problems.
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#21
heres the only words necessary for such a situation: F*** censorship. If grand theft auto was a painting in a museum, it would be a masterpiece, the one that was so controversial and messed up that it attracted millions to see it. But since its a game, its evil. Worlds retarded man.
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Is it true that when you pick up a hooker in that game and have sex with it, it shows everything?



I think it it just makes sounds like the others....I really haven't tried it in GTA IV, but the hot coffee scenes are the same as San Andreas....outside with "Oh Yeah, Oh Yeah *Insert sexual-pun here*"
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"Grand Theft Auto does not promote drunk driving, and if anything, goes to certain lengths to persuade players to not get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol. Through in-game dialogue, characters openly state that they should not be driving while intoxicated; the in-game UI insists that players take a cab rather than drive to their destination while drunk; if a player still chooses to get behind the wheel of a virtual car while drunk, the driving is extremely difficult and the player finds themselves being pursued by the police."

-GTA4.net



Lmao
I'm sorry but the fact they point this out is kind of funny.
#24
and the hooker thing, is true, u can see her give handjobs for 20 dollars, blowjobs for 50 and sex for 70.
#25
I don't see how becoming drunk in a game will make people want to go out and be drunk in real life, mainly because that game is so damn amazing everyone who owns it(including me) hasn't been outside since last tuesday.
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Is it true that when you pick up a hooker in that game and have sex with it, it shows everything?
It's funny because hookers aren't real people, they're just objects put on this earth for our enjoyment.
#28
I don't think you guys are taking this seriously enough. If someone gets drunk and plays a video game, people in the video game might die.
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I don't think you guys are taking this seriously enough. If someone gets drunk and plays a video game, people in the video game might die.

that brings us back to reply #2 (go look there)
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#30
ITS A ****ING GAME.

I'm so tired of the controversy over every gta game that comes out. There's plenty of violent games that don't get this kind of attention, plenty of movies at wal-mart that show sex scenes, and if I'm not mistaken they probably sell movies that depict hookers getting killed and having there money stolen and they only have an R rating. "Drunk driving isn't a game!" WHAT??? But it's ok for Stewie Griffin to drive home drunk from the bar? My God, Family Guy should have a Quaduple XXX rating!

Give me a break. Rate it M and be done with it. ESRB shouldn't be responsible for children, the parents should be.
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ITS A ****ING GAME.

I'm so tired of the controversy over every gta game that comes out. There's plenty of violent games that don't get this kind of attention, plenty of movies at wal-mart that show sex scenes, and if I'm not mistaken they probably sell movies that depict hookers getting killed and having there money stolen and they only have an R rating. "Drunk driving isn't a game!" WHAT??? But it's ok for Stewie Griffin to drive home drunk from the bar? My God, Family Guy should have a Quaduple XXX rating!

Give me a break. Rate it M and be done with it. ESRB shouldn't be responsible for children, the parents should be.

thank you for saying what everyone who plays video games thinks
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Quote by InvaderTSN
Yeah, the most outrageous aspect about GTA IV is the drunk driving, not the violent killings, theft, prostitution, or destruction of property.





Bingo. Can we tell these sex deprived (they must be - otherwise they would be able to shut **** up and do SOMETHING with their time other than whine about numerous things that they just can't put into perspective) women to go play a game of "let's see who can swallow the most arsenic without fainting?"
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I don't think you guys are taking this seriously enough. If someone gets drunk and plays a video game, people in the video game might die.


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This is no laughing matter. My virtual family were brutally murdered by a drunk driver, and their corpses brutally raped. It was brutal.
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This is no laughing matter. My virtual family were brutally murdered by a drunk driver, and their corpses brutally raped. It was brutal.

but was it br00talz?!
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#36
dont drink and drive kids..take speed and drive (speeds up your reactions)
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but was it br00talz?!

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#38
they could put the rating to AO if they wanted. i can still buy it. bahahaha take that teeny boppers!

on an actual related opinion.. i can agree. I've lost friends to drinking and driving, and now its being glorified in a video game. tasteless really.

it just seems that the boundaries get pushed with every installment. whats going to be next in gta V.. the defenceless woman rape mission?
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I don't see how becoming drunk in a game will make people want to go out and be drunk in real life, mainly because that game is so damn amazing everyone who owns it(including me) hasn't been outside since last tuesday.




But I agree that drunk driving, while clearly reprehensible, is far from the worst thing that happens in GTA IV and that they should get their priorities straight.
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^very nice.
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