Among the many criticisms leveled against the Grand Theft Auto series are complaints that it is misogynistic. This judgment typically stems from the oft-heard "have sex with a hooker and then kill her to get your money back" complaint.
But a video review on lesbian site AfterEllen looks at GTA IV from the gay woman’s perspective and finds it not so bad. Or, at least, an equal opportunity insult to both sexes since all of the guy characters portrayed in the game are lowlifes.
As one of the reviewers, Tracy, explained it to GamePolitics in an e-mail:
The review looks at the political satire in GTA IV and came as a shock to many readers since it didn’t simply jump on the GTA = evil bandwagon. We run a lesbian video gaming site and received many emails and comments about how well-rounded our review was and how it made people rethink the GTA IV political debate.
Catch the video here…. (fast forward to 19:00 for the GTA IV review)
UPDATE: While the video appeared on AfterEllen, the reviewers call Lesbian Gamers their home base.