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Mainstream media chatter about Grand Theft Auto IV

Ross Miller

Instead of trying to do separate posts on all the mainstream media talk surrounding Grand Theft Auto IV's launch -- some good, some not -- we've decided to compile a list of the articles we found on the interwebs (with help from Game Politics):
  • Rockstar North President Leslie Benzies said critics of the game are "the same kind of people who complained about Elvis." (
  • The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) said the portrayal of protagonist Niko as a thug "plays on untrue stereotypes." (MCVUK)
  • Grand Theft Childhood co-author Lawrence Kutner: "For most kids and most parents, the bottom-line results of our research can be summed up in a single word: Relax." (Seattle P-I)
  • Youth-gang crime exper Michael Chettleburgh called the controversy overhyped by the media. Video games are "just not a primary driver of why kids join gangs." (Metro)
  • Lawton, OK Police Chief Ronnie Smith: "Most of the young people who play these games ... they're smart enough to know they're only games." (KWSO)
  • Timothy Plan, a "morally responsible" mutual fund, sent out a press release explaining why it won't invest in publisher Take-Two. (Hint: It has to do with violence and boy-kissing.)
  • You-Know-Who is doing his thing.
Feel free to include mainstream media chatter you've found, positive or negative, in the comments below.

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