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

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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  1. 0
    JustChris says:

    Would people stop using Obama’s surname as an affront to his background?

    Surnames are not always a good indicator of who they actually are. Just look at Noureen DeWulf, one Indian actress hawtie who is in no way Dutch or Christian.

     

  2. 0
    Dark Sovereign says:

    None of the branches of government are clean on this one. Look at Justice Kennedy’s recent rulings for proof. They are poorly reasoned at best. Cause for impeachment at worst.

  3. 0
    Dark Sovereign says:

    Can you even touch your computer without praising Obama/denouncing his detractors? Seriously? And Obama’s pastor is Christian in the same way that the Ayatollahs are. He’s so far removed from the good book it’s astounding.

  4. 0
    metroidprimegmr says:

    Actually, about 70% the human brain is made of fat, not meat. That means it’s okay to call these politicians ‘fatheads’, because it’s TRUE!

    /yay technicalities!

  5. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Nowadays it’s considered patriotic to hate and insult the government. The government and the actual nation are seperate entities, ever since the government decided that they didn’t wanna uphold the Constitution or uphold freedom.

     

    -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

  6. 0
    Anime_Otaku says:

    Actually that site is not even meant to be a child porn site at all. It redirects to the FIB site. One of the Weasel news reports states its a sting operation similar to the ‘You have won a boat’ things the police use to get people with outstanding warrants for smaller crimes to go to them.

  7. 0
    A-wel Cruiz ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Fuck that! Why should we help them when they can be exposed as the ignorant ass-hats they are? Which they should be. Let their constituants know these are people who should not be in power.

  8. 0
    PHOENIXZERO says:

    A knee jerk politician, reacting to something that isn’t true?! That’s unheard of! Or maybe she’s one of those people who considers sex between consensual adults, rape, especially with prostitutes.

     

  9. 0
    Alex says:

     Come on…you have 2 have a very low I.Q to even belive this shit. I mean come on we have the most heavily regulated industry in history so there is way in hell we need this.  

  10. 0
    Gamer137 says:

    I hate to say this about my own country, but the US governement system is now noting more then a joke to me. Politicians lying for their own agendas is the worse act they can do.

  11. 0
    Azhrarn says:

    ok, where did this come from all of a sudden?

    1) If you’re going to spout non-sense about so-called "depraved content" do so before the game is approved by the ESRB and released for sale to the public.

    2) GTA4 has been out for how long now??? And she’s throwing a hissy fit now? I thought we left all those (hypo)critical politicians behind when the game was officially released.

    3) If you can’t confirm said content in a game, how can you even consider accusing a game of having such content?

    4) Why advocate for a law concerning better warning labels? I mean the ESRB one ones are pretty clear when it comes to the content of games, not many mistakes to make there.

  12. 0
    Andrew Eisen says:

    I disagree.

    A website called Little Lacy Surprise Pageant does not equal pedophilia in my book.  In my opinion it’s a humongous stretch to even claim that implies pedophilia.  Call me daft but I would have been really confused had I stumbled upon that site in the game and suddenly my wanted rating is up to five stars.

     

    Andrew Eisen

  13. 0
    Nick says:

    This sums it up:

    (1:32:58 PM) TheMutatedSpork: Why does every fucking politician think there is a rape scene in GTA IV?
    (1:33:10 PM) *editedout*: there’s a rape scene in gta iv?
    (1:33:14 PM) *edited out*: thats disgusting

     

    aka, they just hear what they want to hear.

  14. 0
    Pinworm says:

    To be fair, at least there’s technically Pedophilia in the game. Well, you don’t view any child nudity, but there’s a site that is implied to be a child porn site, and going to it gives you a 5 star police rating.

     

    It’s no big deal, of course, but don’t give these people any fuel – nomatter how little.

  15. 0
    Anonymous says:

    While they’re at it, they should remove the nonexistant pedophilia and beastiality from the game. Those two things are really screwing up the nonexistant minds of the nonexistant children who play them.

  16. 0
    KyleJCrb says:

    The worst bit is the fact that Slossburg is introducing legislation calling for better labeling, but can’t even make a suggestion as to what those labels should say. You really shouldn’t make any complaints about problems until you can offer a decent solution.

  17. 0
    Buckeye531 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Seeing, hearing, or reading about politicians going this low and getting this desperate, although nothing new, is just pathetic.

    Politicians should never be allowed to lie, especially the way Senator Slossberg lied, about anything just to get laws passed and to make themselves look good to their voters. Acts like this need to stop.

  18. 0
    Andrew Eisen says:

    You might consider doing some editing before you send that off.  You’ve got a couple misspellings, word usage problems, and punctuation errors in there.  You might also consider signing your real name.

     

    Andrew Eisen

  19. 0
    Attack_Gypsy says:

    Since I live in the Senator’s district, here’s the letter I’m sending her.

     

    Dear Senator Slossberg,

    I write to you today, ad a long time resident of your constituency, concerning the article I read in the New Haven Advocate, as well as other online sources such as gamepolitics.com, concerning your intent to introduce a bill to stop video game violence. I have found that there are three major areas that are flawed in any bill such as this.

    First, you mention a rape scene in Grand Theft Auto 4 (GTA4). There is no such scene in this game, or any other of the GTA series. I dare you, or anyone else, to find such a scene. Is there heavily implied sexual scenes, yes. But no rape scene.

    Second, where does parental responsibility fit in here? Where aren’t children’s parents stopping them from viewing what they consider to be objectionable material? Has our country become such a nanny state that parent’s are now relieved of any responsibility whatsoever?

    Third, as I hope you are aware of Senator, there have been bills concerning this one passed in other states. And yet every single one has been ruled, or is about to be ruled, unconstitutional. Are you prepared to waste hundreds of thousands, and possibly millions of dollars on something that the Supreme Court will overturn?

    Senator, I urge you to abandon this issue. It will bring nothing but wasted money here. There are better places to spend the taxpayer’s money on issues that need it, such as after school programs in Bridgeport, New Haven, Waterbury, and Hartford.

    Attack_Gypsy
    Milford, CT

  20. 0
    mogbert says:

    I know it’s great to poke fun at ignorant government, but really, could one of her constituants that reads the PLEASE contact her and let her know there isn’t any rape, which is why she can’t reach that "level".

     

    Seriously, reporting their mistakes is one thing, but can Game Politics try and help them out a little? You, being a quasi-political blog, might have more pull if you let her knwo that she is selling elephant repellant.

  21. 0
    thefremen says:

    Saddam didn’t have WMDs, Obama cannot be both a secret muslim and a christian with a contreversial pastor but really facts never get in the way of political agendas. That’s why the movement towards a theocracy is such a positive move!

  22. 0
    Jabrwock says:

    "I mean what would it say? ‘This game will make you a sociopath’?"

    How about "Warning! Hearing this game’s name makes you succeptible to being punked with bogus info."

    Seriously, it’s just like those gel wristbands, and parent groups got themselves in a twitter imagining all the depraved acts each one stood for. Each new act getting more "descriptive" than the last… almost like they were slipping into some kind of wierd fantasy world imagining things…

    — If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap…

  23. 0
    jccalhoun says:

    This "OMG GTA has rape!" thing is a favorite of ignorant politicians and groups that have "family" or "children" in their name (an I mean ignorant literally as in they are ignorant of the videogames).  I’ve mentioned the fact that there is no rape in GTA on my blog several times and my logs tell me that I get at least 3-4 hits a week from people searching for things like ‘gta rape’ or ‘rape videogame.’  Nowperhaps these are perverts hoping to find it but I think it is more likely that they are people who have heard the rumor that this is true.

     

    http://www.popularculturegaming.com

  24. 0
    Rodrigo Ybáñez García says:

    The game should be named "Grand Theft Politicians´ Brains", because I wonder if these people even have some meat inside their skulls.

    —————————————————————————- The cynical side of videogames (spanish only): http://thelostlevel.blogspot.com/

  25. 0
    TsuKata ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I wish.  How would *that* label read?

    RATING I:  IDIOT ENCLOSED. For blind pursuit of objective with no basis in reality.  Not suitable for impressionable individuals.

  26. 0
    nightwng2000 says:

    Well, the MPAA went through a number of rating changes through the years as one can see on Wikipedia.

    So I guess a new rating in the ESRB is warranted.

    New ESRB Rating: PA

    Political Agenda. 

    Age Rated: Protect The Children!

    Has only ONE Content Descriptor to be used with it:

    Contains:  Whatever the Hell any given politician wants to make up, whether it exists or not.

    Nightwng2000

    NW2K Software

    Nightwng2000 has also updated his MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

  27. 0
    Mad_Scientist says:

    You forgot, of course, that the ESRB is a puppet branch of the game industry, and can’t be trusted.

    (Sarcasm, in case someone can’t tell.)

  28. 0
    Andrew Eisen says:

    Let’s take a gander at the available ESRB content descriptors, shall we?  Oh, here’s a good one:

    Sexual Violence – Depictions of rape or other violent sexual acts

    Now let’s look at the content descriptors on the back of the GTA IV box…  Nope, not there.  I’d say there’s a pretty good chance that there’s no rape in the game.

     

    Andrew Eisen

  29. 0
    SoulSmith says:

    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.

  30. 0
    I Love Playing Guitar Hero 6-String says:

    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.

  31. 0
    Raskolnikov says:

    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!

  32. 0
    CT Resident says:

    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?

     

  33. 0
    warlock7 says:

    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…

  34. 0
    Anonymous says:

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

    THE STUPID PARENTS DON’T READ ‘EM!!!!!

     

  35. 0
    Jenny Creed says:

    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.

  36. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    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

  37. 0
    A Girl Gamer says:

    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?

     

     

  38. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    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

  39. 0
    Anonymous says:

    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.

  40. 0
    finaleve ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    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…

  41. 0
    Chadachada says:

    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

  42. 0
    Anonymous says:

    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.

  43. 0
    cullarn says:

    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)

  44. 0
    Jack Wessels says:

    "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).

  45. 0
    neoelasticman ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    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!

  46. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    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

  47. 0
    Andrew Eisen says:

    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

  48. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    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

  49. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    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

  50. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    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

  51. 0
    Icehawk says:

    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’?"

    Well if we are going to go for the extreme stupid implied, how about.  "Warning:  This game may turn you into a Senator"?

  52. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    "GTA has rape!" Says the lady who drowned her four kids in a river! SEE? I CAN MAKE UP BULLSHIT TOO!!!!!!!

    -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

  53. 0
    Keegs79 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

     I would really really like to slap this stupid Senator for being so stupid. How the hell did she get elected? Who voted for her??? Geez…

  54. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    RETARD.

     

     

    -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

  55. 0
    Asmo ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Anyone ever get extremely worried that politicians (who are paid by taxes out of your pockets) are wasting their time trying to fix nothing (a crime they imagined up) in a virtual game?

    It’s a make believe world.

    If rape were included as a player action (which I think most people would agree would be in very bad taste), there are existing mechanisms for classifying or banning the game.

    But it’s a make believe world.  Doesn’t real world America have enough actual problems (dollar falling, flooding, an ongoing illegal war, a President who condones and abets war crimes) to solve before they clean up the virtual environments where they have no mandate?

     

  56. 0
    Anonymous says:

    I popose legislation that requires law makers to wear a lapel pin  that indicates their level of fear mongering.

    Rated M for Media (excessive incorrect data about media gets me votes for caring)

    Rated E for Environment (overblown data gets me votes and awards for caring)

    Rated T for Tough (being tough on something gets me votes)

    Rated AO for Adequate Opulence (If I don’t spend it then i won’t get repect from my peers)

     

  57. 0
    GryphonOsiris says:

    Well, there are some rabid feminists who think that any kind of consentual sexual relations with a woman is automatically rape.

    I wonder if she is one of these types.

  58. 0
    Freyar says:

    "youth and thinks a law requiring better warning labels might be the fix."

    How ‘better’ can you get aside from a giant ‘M for Mature’ on the package? It’s not for kids, and it says it plainly on the box. *Insert Religious Name Abuse Here*

     

    —- There is a limit for both politicians against video games, and video games against politicians. http://www.goteamretard.com

  59. 0
    Lama says:

    Yeah your right, you should be getting it for free, since it costs nothing to drill and ship. And lets just all forget about the economic factors… wow learn a little

  60. 0
    Anonymous says:

    Infact, I believe it’s around 400,000 now, but only a small portion of it is directly caused by US troops.

    The reality though is that if US did not invade Iraq, those 400,000 may very well be alive today, and the 5+ million Iraqi refugees who are causing a global issue would have been living in their homes right this moment, and I would have been in my freaking home in Baghdad playing Playstation 2/3 until the first rays of the next morning, but thanks to US I had to leave my whole life behind and move to a foreign country, otherwise that number would have been 400,001 by now.

  61. 0
    Anonymous says:

    The United States kept Saddam in power to keep Iran in check. Why we took him out without a plan to deal with Iran(or Iraq even) is something that the next president should find an answer for.

  62. 0
    Chuma ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Actually the cost of oil is partly down to the weak US economy making the dollar so weak on the markets and speculators driving up the cost.  Once people stop paying huge amounts for barrels of oil, the speculators will rush to get out of the market and the price will start to go down.  Usually with a speculative market there will be a crash, but I don’t think it will go much below $100 a barrel even after the current spike.  The days of cheap fuel are gone, China or no China.

  63. 0
    Anonymous says:

    so if many of yours are killed, then it’s justified? would that be worse if there were less deaths in any side, you suggest?

    and they went for their oil, not for yours so they can sell it at any price they want (they are not there to help you, you’re just their cow and they’ll use you as such). don’t be so naive, you USed peopple.

  64. 0
    Anonymous says:

     

     You can thank the Chinese for the price of oil. As everyone knows, the more demand you have for a thing, the more they can ask for it and get away with it. You did it for oil, but it blew up in your face, and now you’re stuck in a Vietnam-like situation where you damned if you stay and damned if you pack up and go home.

  65. 0
    Loudspeaker says:

    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."

  66. 0
    AmazedSatsuma says:

    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.

  67. 0
    JustChris says:

    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!

  68. 0
    Kincyr says:

    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」

  69. 0
    Aliasalpha says:

    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.

  70. 0
    MaskedPixelante says:

    Next on the agenda, introducing legislation to put warning labels on all food because you might choke on it.

    —You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

  71. 0
    Aragorn ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

     

    Though, had the author written "Warning: GTA4 will make politicians lose their sanity, and die trying to lick their own crotches”, it wouldn’t have been a joke.
     
    Seriously… what is it about GTA that just causes all senators to go coo-coo-bananas?
     

     

  72. 0
    Zero G Space Cow says:

    It was single quotes (‘) not ("). Meaning that is a quote of what the label would say if it existed. If there was a quote from the crazy lady in " " and than that part was in ‘ ‘, that would mean she said it.

    For example, the senator said "what would they put on the label? ‘this game will make you a sociopath’?"

    Versus

    What would they put on the label? ‘This game will make you a sociopath’?

  73. 0
    Mad_Scientist says:

    It was put in quotes though. How many news article writers put their own words in quotes in an article talking about another person? Either the person who wrote that did something stupid and dishonest, or those are actually the Senator’s words.

  74. 0
    MaskedPixelante says:

    "Aren’t you supposed to check that there actually IS a problem before looking for ways to solve it?"

    If politicians used that logic, we wouldn’t be stuck in Iraq right now.

    —You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

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    Anonymous says:

    Wow! The powerful brains of this countries leaders are astounding…

    Aren’t you supposed to check that there actually IS a problem before looking for ways to solve it?

    Sounds to me like she just wanted an excuse to play GTA for hours on end.

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    Kris ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    How can they make the labels any clearer?  There’s a rating, and then on the back it tells you, plain as day, what sort of content is included within the game.  Unless they start putting the script for the entire game right there on the case, I don’t know what else they could do. 

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    Anonymous says:

    I’m convinced these rumors are all started on the blogosphere just to see how many talking heads and politicians they can lure into spouting off or trying to pass legislation against it.  It’s like forum trolling on a grander scale.

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    MonkeyPeaches ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    she’s also claiming you get points for rape in GTA IV, another moron who thinks video games are still all about points, Oy.

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    Conejo says:

    Contact the New Haven Advocate
     

    New Haven Advocate
    900 Chapel Street,
    Suite 1100
    New Haven, CT 06510
    (203)789-0010
    (203)787-1418 fax
     

     

    Gayle Slossberg

    E-mail: Slossberg@senatedems.ct.gov

    Capitol Phone:

    860-240-0482, or toll-free  1-800-842-1420

    Home Phone: 203-878-6412

    Address:

    Legislative Office Building
    Room 2200
    Hartford, CT 06106-1591

    all of this information is public record.  i assume "home phone" is not a direct personal line, but i’m not going to remove it.

    Here are we — and yonder yawns the universe.

     

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    Video Game Otaku says:

    It would read:

    ESRB Rating: JT Offensive

    -Purchase, usage and/or thinking about this game will condemn you to eternal damnation

    -Corrupts ‘our’ young people

    -Evil

    -Users in apocalypse

    -Brainwashing simulators that transforms innocence into stone cold killers

    -Did this warning mention evil?

    -Satans love child/anti-christ

    -Evil

     

    Yeah I think that about sums it up. ^_^

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    Mad_Scientist says:

    Wow. Well, I suppose it’s good that she’s at least trying to find out if the scene actually exists, but… that’s about all I can say. I honestly don’t even know how to respond to her own question about what the warning label would read.

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    Meggie ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    No, that was the author being sarcastic, the whole article is worth a read, it’s making it quite clear the senator has no clue what she’s talking about.

    …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.

    Congrats dear author on trying something the senator obviously didn’t, use google!

     

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    Video Game Otaku says:

    wow… another politician trying to get their name out by jumping on the band wagon (which is pretty much broke) of the GTA VI Bash and kicking a dead horse.  I mean seriously: "It is outrageous! I cant believe this type of game is out here…no…I’ve never played it and they cant show me anywhere in the game that depicts rape…but that doesn’t matter, I’m screaming about out children and violence, obviously my claims must be right…I’m with the government!"  Ten Bucks says JT sent her some emails (btw I’m hoping he posts on this entry…its always fun to laugh at him ^_^)

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