Here’s something you don’t see very often: a media watchdog group actually scaling back the Grand Theft Auto IV fear factor in the interest of presenting more accurate information.
But it’s true. The Parents Television Council recently issued a a video alert which warns parents about the violence and sexual content in GTA IV.
On July 11th GamePolitics reported on the alert, which is narrated by PTC president Tim Winters. Among his criticisms of the game, Winters repeats the oft-heard, "You get points for [insert nasty activity of your choice]…"
In the latest edition of, the player is a thug who gets points for having sex with prostitutes, running over pedestrians and even shooting police officers.
There are no such points in the GTA series, of course. Never have been, despite the frequent assertion of such by watchdogs. At least two GamePolitics readers, hayabusa 75 and NecroSen, wrote to the PTC to voice their objections. Lo and behold, a few days later the PTC edited the "You get points for…" line out of the video.
GamePolitics received this comment on the change from Gavin McKiernan, National Grassroots Director for the PTC:
[Winters] misspoke. He knows there are no points in GTA and we of course want all of our productions to be completely factually accurate so we corrected it.
Catch the edited video alert here.
GP: While the viewpoint of the PTC is often at odds with that of gamers, credit is due for taking the trouble to correct this error. Kudos as well to the GP readers who contacted the PTC to point out the misinformation.