GamePolitics received an e-mail ealier this week with an unusual subject line:
Keep Grant Theft Auto IV Away From Kids - Donate Now
When Common Sense Media was founded just five years ago, the latest data from the FTC suggested that kids could walk into a store and buy an M-rated game, like Grand Theft Auto, nearly 70% of the time. That figure was simply unacceptable.
Since then, we've worked closely with other advocates, parents, legislators, and retailers to end the sale of M-rated games to underage gamers. New data from the FTC shows that number has fallen to just 20%. We're proud to see this vast improvement, and with your help, we can bring that number to zero.
CSM also accused GTA IV of the now-standard litany of offenses:
Games like Grand Theft Auto IV promote murder, sexual exploitation, and violence towards women. Exposure to this type of violence, which is common in most M-rated games, at a young age has been shown to make children anti-social, numb to violence, and more aggressive.
Of course, what CSM's message is really about:
The picture at left, which suggests a pair of adolescents playing GTA IV, accompanied the e-mail.