Send Us Your GTA IV Bus Pix (Before they're all gone)

April 25, 2008 -
So I'm out and about this morning when I stumble upon a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) bus idling in a nearby strip mall.

The bus was sporting the (non-violent, non-obscene) GTA IV ad seen at left.

With bus ads now gone in Chicago and, apparently, Miami (more upcoming about that), I was pleased that the censorcrats haven't yet pressured my local bus company to remove the ads. So, I couldn't resist snapping this pic with my mobile phone.

GamePolitics readers, how about photographing GTA ads on your local buses or bus shelters and sending them in. Be sure to let us know where you took the pic. Put yourself in the pic, if you like. Be creative. We'll post as many as we can!

And... be sure to let your local transit authority and elected officials know that you value the First Amendment...

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Re: Send Us Your GTA IV Bus Pix (Before they're all gone)

 The amusing thing (to me; here in NYC) is that these ads are everywhere - in the city the game actually takes place: buses, plastered mega-posters, billboards, stickers on the sidewalk - and nobody gives a s**t.

As the game suggests - america has turned into a bunch of whiny soccer moms :)

Uh what's the point of that? "Let's give grandstanding morons who have nothing else to do a list of city officials to harass!"

Yeah, these posters are in practically all of the subway stations in toronto, I'll try to snap a pic or two...

[...] wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptSo I’m out and about with the blondiful Mrs. GP this morning when I stumble upon a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) bus idling in a nearby strip mall. The bus was sporting the (non-violent, non-obscene) GTA IV ad seen at left. With bus ads now gone in Chicago and, apparently, Miami (more upcoming about that), I was pleased that the censorcrats haven’t yet pressured my local bus company to remove the ads. So, I couldn’t resist snapping this pic with my mobile phone. GamePolitics readers, how about photographing GTA ads on your local buses or bus shelters and sending them in. Be sure to let us know where you took the pic. We’ll post as many as we can!     [...]

Graffiti the ads back on buses in Miami and Chicago! That'll show 'em!

I jest, of course.

Happy Friday everybody!

[...] wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptSo I’m out and about this morning when I stumble upon a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) bus idling in a nearby strip mall. The bus was sporting the (non-violent, non-obscene) GTA IV ad seen at left. With bus ads now gone in Chicago and, apparently, Miami (more upcoming about that), I was pleased that the censorcrats haven’t yet pressured my local bus company to remove the ads. So, I couldn’t resist snapping this pic with my mobile phone. GamePolitics readers, how about photographing GTA ads on your local buses or bus shelters and sending them in. Be sure to let us know where you took the pic. We’ll post as many as we can! And… be sure to let your local transit authority and elected officials know that you value the First Amendment… [...]

Remember: guns don't kill kids, ads on the sides of buses kill kids!

So ... SAVE THE CHILDREN, get the ads off th esides of buses before another child dies!

Ya know, our busses here in Wilmington, NC, don't have ads on the outside of the busses that I know of. If they have ads on the inside on the ceiling (like Durham, NC used to have about 2 decades ago), I haven't noticed.

But then, the WTA is screaming about being in a budget crsis and how they need to make crazy routes and raise prices and so on. Maybe a little ad income would be helpful. :)

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[...] wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptSo I’m out and about this morning when I stumble upon a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) bus idling in a nearby strip mall. The bus was sporting the (non-violent, non-obscene) GTA IV ad seen at left. With bus ads now gone in Chicago and, apparently, Miami (more upcoming about that), I was pleased that the censorcrats haven’t yet pressured my local bus company to remove the ads. So, I couldn’t resist snapping this pic with my mobile phone. GamePolitics readers, how about photographing GTA ads on your local buses or bus shelters and sending them in. Be sure to let us know where you took the pic. Put yourself in the pic, if you like. Be creative. We’ll post as many as we can! And… be sure to let your local transit authority and elected officials know that you value the First Amendment… [...]

Wow....enough news about GTA4?
out of the 20stories on the front page 11 are solely about Grand Theft Auto
Am I the only one who no longer cares?

Slow news week perhaps?
Well off to find a website not talking about Gta
(head asplosed from impossibility)

Just caught a story on Fox News. It was only about a 30 second story, and it mentions the ads, and how the controversy could help the game sell. Oh, and the idiot host(i do believe it was the same one from the "sexbox" fiasco) said you could kill prostitutes for points. Lovely. I'll see if I can find video, I didnt have my camera on hand unfourtunately.

"Bawww, I don't wanna hear more stories about GTA!"

"Bawww, I don't wanna hear more stories about Jack Thompson!"

I'm sure Dennis would be more than happy to stop posting news about these things, just as soon as these things stop BEING news. Until then, as long as mental rejects like the Transit authorities in Chicago and Miami or the Calgary police force make a mountain out of the GTA molehill, we're going to be seeing plenty of these articles for weeks to come, I'm certain.

Cool, GP. I'll be sure to keep my camera handy this weekend, then. If I see any bus ads in Baltimore, I'll be sure to snap a pic to send in! :D

@ MrKenyon

I totally agree with what you say.

Also, I don't see any ads where I'm at. :(

I haven't seen any GTA4 ads around where I live yet.

I looked at a GTA ad this morning and had an uncontrollable urge to murder someone.

[...] GamePolitics wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptSo I’m out and about this morning when I stumble upon a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) bus idling in a nearby strip mall. The bus was sporting the (non-violent, non-obscene) GTA IV ad seen at left. With bus ads now gone in Chicago and, apparently, Miami (more upcoming about that), I was pleased that the censorcrats haven’t yet pressured my local bus company to remove the ads. So, I couldn’t resist snapping this pic with my mobile phone. GamePolitics readers, how about photographing GTA ads on your local buses or bus shelters and sending them in. Be sure to let us know where you took the pic. Put yourself in the pic, if you like. Be creative. We’ll post as many as we can! And… be sure to let your local transit authority and elected officials know that you value the First Amendment… [...]

@ MonkeyFace

GTA is one of the centerpoints of the entire debate over the role of games in politics. GTA4 is poised to be a HUGE seller, and has just about everyone on both sides of the censorship debate (mostly on the pro-censor side, sadly) pushing their agendas.

Hence the total relevence of GTA4 stories. Expect it to stay that way for weeks.

All i'm saying(because Mr. Kenyon apparently missed it) is that GTA4 has been beaten to death! And its always the same damned story about bus ads! I'd be happy to read about GTA4 as long as they are new stories!

Who said anything about jack thompson? the train wreck that is his life brings me ever so much joy....

Although I will give Jack this=He sure did pick an easy group to go after. I mean with brilliant thinkers like this behind us how can we lose?

"MrKenyon Says:

April 25th, 2008 at 1:35 pm
“Bawww, I don’t wanna hear more stories about GTA!”

“Bawww, I don’t wanna hear more stories about Jack Thompson!"

Hell after listening to that jackass I really want to go protest the evils of video games which clearly cause this poor boy to regress into a mindless buffoon

and kudos to ZeroDash for being intelligent in his post instead of simply yelling baw

This game can't come fast enough. Know what I find funny? The fact that when this game does come out, there will be a surge of..wait for it... non-violence, cause everyone from age 17+ will be inside playing when they get out of school/work. And there may be a spike in non-sex with girlfriends, but that's just a statistic.

:P

BANE XXIII

Minneapolis, MN

In Mexico we don´t have many games advertising on the street. It is must common to find it on game magazines or even TV adds on Discovery Channel, Warner and MTV, and those are the channel on cable.

But many times we got game bashing in media like TV News or papers, but there is not any mayor changes when a violent videogame is coming out.

Just a quick aside. I have to say, given what's been going on in Chicago (something like 40 people shot in the last few days) in the last week I don't think it's THAT horrible the idea of pulling these ads.

True they aren't violent and they should NOT be pulled because of pressure. But I can understand the sentiment that must be running high in the city given THAT kind of violence in such a short time.

Again, I'm not condoning the pulling of the ads, but at least this seems like a more understandable situation than most.

Seriously. This is far, far beyond pathetic now. Next the nuclear powered Christian Nazis will overthrow America, based purely on the power of GTA 4's psychic oppression beams. This game must be made of pure sociological kryptonite. Momentary exposure to this game, or its many, related advertisements or other related media, will turn you into a zombie straight out of 28 Days Later. Just look at Jack Thompson if you don't believe me.

Seriously. Banning freaking drawings of game characters from buses? What kind of state is America in? Why not ban freaking pictures of Pepsi and Coke too, since they rot kids teeth? Oh right. Pepsi and Coke probably own half of America now. Why not ban alcohol and guns from the country? Oh right, they own the other half. NOT THAT THESE PARTICULAR ITEMS DO ANY HARM TO HUMANS.

Warn kids that tootsie rolls aren't particularly good for you. Warn people that taking vast amounts of medication for menial troubles isn't good for you. Warn people that Jack Thompson may make you aggressive towards members of the media and lawyers in general. Seriously.

Though Carlos Mencia is hugely hated due to stealing other people's jokes, he had a good point overall point: When did we stop accepting that stupid people are stupid? Why do we have to make up for their stupidity? Why aren't they drop-kicked into a corner, with a dunce cap on? Screw political correctness, get the retards away from my games.

Why is the lowest common denominator always being pushed lower and lower? I can't believe that a single game has caused so much outrage. Hey look, the Middle East is about to explode!... SO WHAT, GTA 4 MAY MAKE A PSYCHOTIC PERSON MORE PSYCHOTIC OR SOMETHING. AND HE MAY GO OUT AND HURT PEOPLE. OR SOMETHING. AND HE MAY OR MAY NOT OWN THE GAME. Hell, a psycho could kill a 13 year old that owns GTA 4 and GTA 4 would be blamed.

Rawr /rant ends.

I'd take pictures of them but both of my cameras are suffering from broken screens, and I need a new one.

(and ASAP, as Fanime is coming up!)

The only GTA IV ad I usually see is a promo ad posted on a window at the Blockbuster video store in Eagle, Pennsylvania. I'm pretty sure that it would be taken down in a few days when the game is released.

Good luck SFM Hobbes. Those assholes at the TTC went on strike at midnight.

Why is that one user always copy-pasting the quote into his post? It's annoying, and it needs to stop. Now.

Chaplain: Those are trackbacks to other blogs covering the story.

How retarded are some anti gamers getting? a picture of a guy standing there with the words GTA 4 doesn't cause violence.

@Cornbread Ted

a picture of a guy standing there with the words GTA 4 doesn’t cause violence.


PRECISELY!!! Now, tell that to Jack Thompson.

T.O.S.: I WARN YOU NOW, HE WON'T LISTEN!!!

Shadow: *looks at T.O.S.* No shit, Sherlock!

http://img170.imageshack.us/my.php?image=gta4busadxa0.jpg

Sorry about the poor quality; I was using my phone to take a picture. Though I did have a camera that would've shot a better picture on me.

Oh yeah, and that's in San Jose, California. The name of our transit network is Valley Transportation Authority (VTA).
 
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