Actor Wil Wheaton Weighs in on GTA IV Controversy

Actor Wil Wheaton, who rather bluntly dissed anti-game attorney Jack Thompson at PAX 2007, has weighed in on the GTA IV controversy via his blog:

The usual gang of idiots are up in arms about how this game will lead to the end of civilization as we know it… The hysteria surrounding the release of GTA IV has officially crossed into the realm of the absurd…

Can I just take a moment and point out how insane this is? This type of hysterical overreaction to a video game is completely out of proportion to any alleged harm it could inflict on anyone, but is accepted because it is done, as it always is, in the name of protecting The Children.

…which leads me to wonder where The Parents are, and if these people are so serious about making the world better for The Children, why they don’t invest the same amount of energy and resources into securing quality healthcare and world-class education for them as they spend wringing their hands over video games that aren’t even supposed to be played by The Children in the first place.

Wheaton, an ECA member, starred in the 1986 classic Stand By Me, played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: Next Generation and has numerous other acting credits. He has also done video game voice-over work, including on several GTA titles.

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