Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape Scene in GTA IV

June 25, 2008 -

Connecticut State Senator Gayle Slossberg (D) is eager to do something about the rape scene in Grand Theft Auto IV, she told the New Haven Advocate.

But she faces a major hurdle: There is no rape scene in the controversial game.

From the newspaper story:

[Sen. Slossberg] wants confirmation of the rumored rape scene in Grand Theft Auto IV—but she can't reach that level of the game. The Milford state senator's never played GTA, but she fears it's corrupting the youth and thinks a law requiring better warning labels might be the fix. She told the Nose as much at a Capitol press conference last week...

 

Slossberg hints she'll... introduce legislation next session calling for clearer labeling of depraved video games like Grand Theft Auto...  Slossberg's a bit unsure of how the warning labels might read: "I mean what would it say? 'This game will make you a sociopath'?"

 


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Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

if i remember correctly, the day i heard about this, it actually made me want to go play the  game even more haha

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

Something I've never understood is why games in the US aren't rated and sold the same way films are. In the UK we have the BBFC classifications, which make it against the law for someone under the age marked on the product to buy it, and shop owners can get into some serious doo doo if they sell or rent an item to someone under that age. So kids getting hold of an 18 rated game must have had it bought for them by their parents/family or have conned some film/game shop into selling em it. Either way if theres a murder thats attributed to it then its either the parents fault if the solicitors go for the "violent video games made me do it" angle then the prosecution must take the "how did a 14 year old kid get an 18 rated game" I mean parents wouldn't buy their kids porn so why would they buy em a game containing it.

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

What a stupid fucking bitch.

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

I'd have to agree with her.  Rape scene or not, my children will not be sitting around staring at this trash all day. 

I believe that "games" like this need to be banned.  It is not freedom to sell products that repeatedly simulate violent and criminal scenarios for kids.

Kids sit and play games while daddy mows the lawn?  I don't THINK so.  Parents, get these lazy kids on some chores and playing sports!  Don't listen to their stupid complaining either!  If you have a whiny lazy kid with a rotten attitude you will have to MAKE them do stuff.  You are the parent, take charge!  Don't let politicians fight your battles for you!  These games will turn your kids into rotten worthless people if you let them play all day!

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

are you kidding me? i will admit i sit on my ass and play a lot of video games, but I'm no worse person for it. I participate in plenty of sports (Track, Baseball, Soccer) and i play guitar, so there is no saying that I am worthless. I play games while my father mows the lawn, but that is because he is unemployed, and needs a sense of self-worth. The notion that the GTA franchise should be banned is moronic. The game is designed for those over the age of 17, so they are not "simulating violence and crimal scenarios for kids," it's being simulated for people that are of an age where they can decipher right from wrong.

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

Forbid Notepad, it may be used to write shocking fantasy novels of rape on kids... What would the world come to then??

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

I was flipping the channels a few weeks ago when I hit "Law and Order" on NBC. It was near the end of an episode where the female protagonist was working undercover as a prison inmate. The scene (dragged on for suspense) showed a prison guard just about to force her to perform fellatio on him (you could here his zipper unzip quite loudly). A disturbing scene. I have yet to see anything like that in any of the GTA games.

Sen. Slossberg needs to check her facts before spouting off, balance the State's budget, cut the massive waste that goes on and stay out of people's personal lives. Most Democrats support keeping the government out of the bedroom (which I also support). Too bad they can't extend the same privilege to the living room.

She is a big "police supporter" (aka gets election support from police officer unions) so I suspect it's part payback time too. Ignorant or beholden to others?

 

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

I'd rather be a sociopath than a politician .. at least sociopaths are reasonably honest

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

Wow this woman is a twat, that's like saying I think there is a fly in my soup but I didn't even order one yet... IM SUEING!!!!

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

How about a warning label which states: This game might make all politicians into blathering morons that don't understand the constitution or what it stands for?  Unfreaking believable...

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

The funniest part of that article.. she couldnt reach that level of the game. LMAO. I got my laugh for the day at least.

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

I endorse the senator's suggestion to put warning labels on games, similar to cigarette packs. If more than half the cover shouted out "Gaming may seriously damage your health and those around you", maybe these freaking hen mothers will stop complaining and let us gamers enjoy games in peace.

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

it's not the labels that are the problem.. they're already there... the real problem is...

THE STUPID PARENTS DON'T READ 'EM!!!!!

 

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

I got a reply from the email I sent to:

Thank you for contacting my office with your concerns.

 
The article in the New Haven Advocate misrepresented my off-the-record-comments during an informal conversation about parenting.  I was in no way announcing a legislative proposal, announcing intent to introduce legislation or taking a public position on restricting the content of video games.
 
Thank you again for your interest.  If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.
 
With warm regards,
 
Gayle Slossberg

 

Heh, I'm willingly to take her word on this, the only people that twist the facts for their own benefit more then politicians has to be people from the press.

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

Actually that sounds like a twist on a twist.  She never said she didn't discuss the "GTA IV rape scene" nor did she say she wasn't pushing for more "descriptive labeling".  All she says is that she wasn't pushing for legislation restricting the CONTENT of the video games.

I see a snake and it isn't MGS4...

-Loudspeaker
"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

No confirmed rape scene, yet she's acting on it.

Ah, if only you can get away with such leaps of logic in any profession!

Hey boss, I'm a mere bricklayer but I don't like the way that contractor designed the garage. It looks unsafe. Better to draw up my own crazy plan for how the door should slide open!

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

natuarally boss i expect a raise for the extra work im doing lol

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

LOL! LMAO! ROFL! OWNED!

She just made herself look like a dumbass across the country!

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

Stupid bitch.

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

I wonder where is might have been for all of this time.

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

What a stupid bitch. Sounds like maybe she's Jack Thompson's long lost sister.

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

Play it before you bash it.

 

Eat mah flare!

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

Dear Senator,
Do you know Cooper Lawrence? She's heard a few rumors too.

Andrew

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Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

GTA has levels?

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

It could be argued as the distance between missions or between city sections, it's not that unreasonable to describe them as levels, the same way you could describe races in Forza or GRID as levels.

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

since your character is paid for each mission, it'd have to be agreed that a mission to rape makes as much sense as, if not less than, the Babalities in Mortal Kombat

岩「…Ace beats Jack」

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

It does now.

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

I like her excuse for her stupidity;

I couldn't make it to that level! It's there, though, I swear it is!

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

Better warning labels? Corrupting the youth?

It clearly states M for MATURE.

 

 

Hey, I have a solution: Don't let kids play this game.

 

 

:GASP:

 

 Crazy, right?

 

 

????

That logic doesn't seem very popular anymore.

 

-If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we'd all be livin' large. For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block and Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, a book by Harvard Medical School researchers Larry Kutner and Cheryl

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

This senator, must be getting her news from Fox News.  Serious, I dont care if someone is republican or democrat.  Both wish to be uneducated, and unwise, keeps costing us taxpayers dearly.  Maybe we should vote them all out of office all together, and demand politicans to have:

1) A brain

2) An education above 2nd grade

3) Know that Common Sense, isnt common.

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

In this fantasy world of yours, can i have any ferrari for free, and a hundred girls lining up to have sex with me?

----

Never gonna happen.

 

-If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we'd all be livin' large. For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block and Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, a book by Harvard Medical School researchers Larry Kutner and Cheryl Olson

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

Oh man, that rape scene was the bet.  I mean there was the rape...and...well...

 

...it would help if I had something to go on, considering I beat GTA4 twice now...

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

Well, I sent a letter. I pointed out that there was no rape, apologized for anything that certain members of the gaming community might have said, and pointed out that the ratings on games are pretty damn clear already. Hopefully her or her associates will take the time to read it, but whatever

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

 

Warning: This game contains whatever content I say it does, whether I've played it or not.

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

I have an idea.  From now on, sort of like feel-temperatures, there will be a feel-ESRB rating.  In this rating, they draw a pentagram on the floor and summon a group of corrupt poloticians.  They then right down random words, like, "rape", "violence", and "corruption of youth", and then pick a rating based on whatever the hell they want.

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

thats it!!!! from here on out to apply for any government job you absolutely MUST pass a test on logic and the law! (nothing too complex just to prove you dont drool on yourself)

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

"Or would be, if it were true. Nothing's certain (the Nose couldn't reach the alleged rape scene either) but four out of five gamer geeks in the blogosphere appear to agree: There is no rape scene. It's all the stuff of rumors."

Fuck you New Haven Advocate. Why is the word 'geek' always tied on to the word gamer with this sort of stuff. I'll admit, I am a geek by definition, but it's always used in a derogatory way when these uptight, assholes use it (I'm looking at you Glenn Beck).

-"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

do you not know about SARCASM!?

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

GTAIV is not the game they need to be worrying about. I saw that Phantasmagoria and Custer's Revenge were mentioned in the comments for the article as being only games with rape in them, but those people are wrong. A more modern game has it too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlpdyvwGe-s

Assassin's Creed depicts the rape of poor defenseless wooden structures by the town guard. Those poor structures are never going to be the same after those horrid guards finish their business!

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

better warning labels... hmmm...

 Back of a GTA game

 

for the love of all things sane CAN'T YOU IDIOTS READ!?

Illiteracy (X)

No.

 

-If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we'd all be livin' large. For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block and Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, a book by Harvard Medical School researchers Larry Kutner and Cheryl

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

we feel your pain

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

Senator expresses concerns over non-existent rape scene in non-existent game in non-existent country.

 

-If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we'd all be livin' large. For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block and Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, a book by Harvard Medical School researchers Larry Kutner and Cheryl Olson

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

I think she has Silent Hill 2 and GTA 4 mixed up.

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

I wasn't aware there was rape in Silent Hill 2.

-If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we'd all be livin' large. For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block and Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, a book by Harvard Medical School researchers Larry Kutner and Cheryl

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

Two scenes, both involving Pyramid Head and the creepy crawly monsters that scamper around town.

Re: Connecticut State Senator Alarmed Over (non-existent) Rape

I know which scenes you're talking about and while it's not really clear what he is doing, it's certainly not rape.  It looks more like grappling than anything else.

 

Andrew Eisen

SILENT POLITICIAN

Sooooo, why haven't any politicians whined about Silent Hill?

 

-If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we'd all be livin' large. For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block and Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, a book by Harvard Medical School researchers Larry Kutner and Cheryl Olson

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...
 
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