Four-Year-Old's GTA Birthday Cake - Is It a Lie?

August 20, 2008 -

Over at Fidgit, Tom Chick points out an unusual 4th birthday cake for someone named "Lil Derrick." 

A GTA cake for a four-year old? 

Someone's not paying attention to those ESRB ratings...

Tom found the pic at Cake Wrecks, where readers are hotly debating whether it is a real cake or simply Photoshopped.


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Re: Four-Year-Old's GTA Birthday Cake - Is It a Lie?

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Re: Four-Year-Old's GTA Birthday Cake - Is It a Lie?

It's probably a 4th aniversary cake for a guy in his early 40s. Odds are, his wife plays the game too. Lil Derrick is probably a name his old highschool buddies gave him for either being a short-shit or a rapper wannabe.

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I think it's REAL, but I think it might be a joke.

But then again, how do all the thugs and taxi beaters learn to do this stuff from? Kids gotta start from the beginning to be a good car jacking bastard.... XD

Ok, not really. Well, maybe the parents play the game, and the kid watches?

 I used to watch my dad play Marathon all the time, and I was so young he'd read me the terminals because I couldn't read very fast, so maybe they let him watch the OK parts (okay, maybe just the parts where the player is just fooling around, driving a car with a radio station turned up), and the kid likes it?

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Great. Now I've got MacArthur Park running through my head. All that sweet green icing flowing down...

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I would totally eat that cake. That cake is the best cake I've ever seen.

So is it serious? I highly doubt it. I think it's hilarious, whether or not it's fake. And the first person to tell me that I should be ashamed of laughing at such a thing is the first person I'm going to tell to bite me, because I can take a joke even if others can't.

The only thing that could possibly top this cake is if it were multi-layered and had a stripper pop out of it. That would end me in the best way possible, dying of laughter.

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Who cares if its real.  Kids  like horror and slasher movies and are in rated R films quite often, why would a birthday cake based on a violent M Rated video game be any more shocking or different. 

And could it be in celebration of the game itself (sorry if that was already said).  Hasn't it been out for like 4 years (well in Oct. I think). 

Re: Four-Year-Old's GTA Birthday Cake - Is It a Lie?

True, I've been drinking coffee & watching horror flicks since I was 7 & I'm the most "boringly moral" person my friends have ever met.

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Awesome looking cake. I have a birthday coming in January. My aunt usually makes cakes for anyone in our family having a birthday. I'll be 25 and now I know what to ask for on my cake.

 

Is it real or fake. I think it's real.

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It's for a 4 year old.

Why else would there be four rolled up dollar bills?  It looks as if those are to be lit instead of candles.  Brilliant if you ask me.

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There has never been any law forcing any parent to follow ESRB guidelines, nor should there be.  If I, as a parent, wanted to let a four year-old play GTA San Andreas, I would be perfectly right to do so: not just because as a parent I get to decide, but also because no one has ever proved that violent video games are bad for young children.

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 There are actually 2 questions here:

1. Is it a real cake?

2. Is it actually for a child?

3. Is it delicious and moist?

 

Ok, so 3 questions. I suppose a 4th question would be "Why San Andreas and not VI?"

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Even if that is fake I'd still love to have it... even it's picture... mounted on my wall... to remind me of the great cake I shall never have, because that thing looks so awesome. And you forgot a 4th question.

4. Where's JT in the midst of this? He should be here blaming Rockstar/Take2 how they have now influenced four year olds to now want to kill people! Yup, because of this cake we're going to have four year old KILLERS!!! (I hope people noticed my sarcasm in all of that).

Awesome cake, shitty parenting. I'm getting sick of this whole "not looking at the ESRB ratings" crap. They're displayed clearly on the box. People notice them on movies, why not INTERACTIVE VIDEOS (aka; gaming). People are stupid, parents are stupid if they're giving their children R18 games, JT is stupid if he tries to take this out of proportion as well as for blaming Rockstar in general for the whole GTA violence charade in the first place.

-- Joshua Smellie

I know BR31 makes cakes with "photo frosting"...

So it could be a bit of both, if adding some "happy 4th" icing could be considered photo-shopping.

Hmm, given the internet and trolls, I really don't want to know the other things people have tried to print on such cakes.....

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We should ban all cake.  It is obviously nothing more than a stabbing simulator.

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Even if it's not photoshopped or anything, who says it's ACTUALLY for a kid? Maybe it's just a joke, or someone was bored and wanted an interesting cake? I could go have one made that's far worse than this and have them write some little kid's name on it. Doesn't mean there's actually a kid.

Doesn't matter in the end anyway.

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When I was about 7 I got a Battlestar Galactica (TOS) cake, that series killed of millions in the first episode.


The cake has not led me to commit genocide, nor to lead a ragtag fugitive fleet to a mythical planet known as Earth.

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g:other, it's a real cake, made as a hoax.

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  Or maybe someone made the cake just to stir up controversy.  Therefore, not photoshopped, but not for a 4 year old either.  Also, I work at a retail store and I've explained, in detail, the kind of content that is in the GTA games and the parents will STILL buy them for their small children.  Lesson:  Some parents just don't care.  What's the point of this story you may ask?  The point is it wouldn't surprise me one bit if that cake was real.

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I have worked with many many children in my time (usually 8 - 15) and I can say that most of them are just not interested in GTA, and it has nothing to do with parents.  There is not the stuff in GTA to appeal to kids.  I can talk at length about Zelda, Mario, Final Fantasy, Pokemon, etc.  But I have only ever had one ten year old (maybe he was nine, I can't remember) say he loved GTA.

The reason he loved it?  It was the only video game he and his dad played together.  I think he loved his dad a bit more than GTA.

This is the number one thing the Jack Thompson's of the world forget.  Of course these games aren't marketed to children, children don't give a damn about smuggling and hitting people with baseball bats when there are beautiful princesses and magic boomerangs just a foot to the left of the store shelves.

Of course the cake is fake.  I can buy a Video game cake and then write "happy 4th" in icing too.  I bet the guy who took the picture is proud of the stir he (or she) has caused.

o_o !

The comments I've seen on here are pretty wild. I've seen people suggesting legal action against the supposed parents and shit, good fucking lord...WTF?

 

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

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You know it is possible the 4 year old has never heard of GTA.

Examine the following scenario.

Parents are out shopping for cakes with the kid, the kid spots the gta cake and thinks it looks cool (and let's face it, it does). Parents have never heard of the game either so they get it for him. Or even if they had heard of the game there's nothing bad on that cake (other than the inedible bits you're supposed to remove before serving the cake). No guns, just a logo, a unoffending photo and a generic city street.

So yeah although if I was his age I'd pick a cake with those plastic army men on it. Come to think of it I wouldn't mind that much if someone gave me that cake for my next birthday (and I'm 18).

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TONIGHT!

WHAT COULD BE A TASTY WAY TO CELEBRATE YOUR CHILD'S MAY END TURNING HIM INTO A VICIOUS KILLING MACHINE WITH FROSTING ON TOP!

ARE CAKES BECOMING TOO VIOLENT FOR OUR SOCIETY? ITS A 3-LAYER INVESTIGATIVE REPORT ON FOX!

More at 11.

 

Re: Four-Year-Old's GTA Birthday Cake - Is It a Lie?

Yeah, it's like making them a sports cake. I mean, seriously - with the criminal records half these professional sports people have - it's a road of death!

Re: Four-Year-Old's GTA Birthday Cake - Is It a Lie?

Don't forget that lighting candles encourages pyromania.

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I cannot see a 3 year old playing San Andreas or any other game more complex than Crash Bandicoot.

Therefore I believe the cake is fake.

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Re: Four-Year-Old's GTA Birthday Cake - Is It a Lie?

A four year old WILL NOT be hurt playing Grand Theft Auto.

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Actually, physically speaking, the cake is more dangerous than the game.

Unless, of course, it is a lie.

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Gawd I love Cakewrecks

When I first saw it I assumed someone Photoshopped out the "1" in "14", but that's still pretty sad.

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Aren't cakes like that supplied without a message on them or the like though? So that you can use them for any age, you just have to ice on the message or get the shop to do it?

Re: Four-Year-Old's GTA Birthday Cake - Is It a Lie?

It's real:  Happy 4th anniversary of your Crips induction, Lil Derek! 

Re: Four-Year-Old's GTA Birthday Cake - Is It a Lie?

People are welcome to mind their own families and leave out other people's children.

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

Re: Four-Year-Old's GTA Birthday Cake - Is It a Lie?

Many people seem to be overlooking that GTA:SA and a four year old were "released" around the same time. Like many birthday celebrations, this cake appears to be less about the child and more about the parents.

But what's wrong with that? Is there a gaming father with a four year old doesn't have fond memories of playing GTA:SA with his new infant child at his side? There was this wonderful baby and this wonderful game, and life was good. The ESRB doesn't even enter into it.

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It's incredible that you all think that the age is fake. Seriously, parents leave thier kids in cars during heatwaves, I don't doubt for a moment that this is real. When it comes down to it, it is the parent's judgement yes, but I think we all can agree that a 4 year old should NOT play a game like that. No 4 year old in the entire world is mature enough to handle a game or a movie with that kind of grapic violence. Would you take your 4 year old to see Tropic Thunder which has an excessive amount of swearing, conversations about race and disablities (that many groups see as racist and demeaning) and excessive violence? Tropic Thunder is satire, but GTA is also highly satirical of culture, people and society.

Yes, there is no concrete evidence of a 4 year old actually playing GTA, but don't be naieve and say that it has never happened before. If there was evidence of this, I would say its negligence on the parents side, and perhaps there should be some kind of penalization.

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Penalization? Blech. That would be the government playing parent and deciding what games are appropriate for kids they probably don't know (and we all know how grateful we are when they do that).

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lol

It could be for a 14, 24, 34, 44, 54, 64, 74, 84 year old.. perhaps they snapped a shot of it prior to 'prefixing' the 4 with whatever number. Just for kicks - and that's a good idea too, just to see who takes the bait~

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"The point of the ESRB ratings is to provide useful information for parents so they can decide what's appropriate for their own children. It is not designed to take over and tell parents how to raise their children. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to backtrack and re-read the ESRB's mission statement."

FTW

Four-Year-Old's GTA Birthday Cake - Is It a Relevant?

The point of the ESRB ratings is to provide useful information for parents so they can decide what's appropriate for their own children. It is not designed to take over and tell parents how to raise their children. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to backtrack and re-read the ESRB's mission statement.

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

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I can easily see this being a cake for someone born on Feb. 29th.

If that's the case, they're lucky they didn't receive tonka trucks and a bag of Pull-Ups. I know that pissed of one of my friends on his 16th (poor Leap year babies...No one seems to take them seriously)

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I've seen that cake in some stores. It's very much real. And this more than proves RETAILERS ARE NOT TO BLAME.

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Re: Four-Year-Old's GTA Birthday Cake - Is It a Lie?

Wow, umm, really? That's GP-worthy news?

Next: Three-year old wearing watch with GTA logo. (Story at 5 on Weasel News!)

Go Idgit!

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It may not be terribly newsy, but it's a pretty nifty cake. Don't be hating on the confectionery now. It only seeks to bring you sugary joy and maybe diabetes.

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Troll more.

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Re: Four-Year-Old's GTA Birthday Cake - Is It a Lie?

OK. To your question, i ask my own:

Why the crap do you care so much? If you don't like what this blog is talking about, go to google and find another one. It's not that hard. No need to make a stereotypic comment and look like a jerk about it.

Re: Four-Year-Old's GTA Birthday Cake - Is It a Lie?

Rely on multiple news sources. If you EVER get your news from just one source then you're only getting a fourth of what you should. Don't rely solely on gamepolitics to bring you all the game news you need. Besides, isn't this website more of a blog than a traditional news source anyway?

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Hey, even GP can have a slow news day. What do you suggest, the site starts just making them up?

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Re: Four-Year-Old's GTA Birthday Cake - Is It a Lie?

That's what Fox News and Jack Thompson does....

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And what ground-breaking stories are you covering on your site which doesn't exist because you're yet another anonymous naysayer?

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Re: Four-Year-Old's GTA Birthday Cake - Is It a Lie?

Regardless whether its real or not, I bet you anything that Duff Goldman could make a GTA IV cake that's way cooler than that!

Hmmm...  Now that's an idea! ::Starts emailing Charm City Cakes::

Re: Four-Year-Old's GTA Birthday Cake - Is It a Lie?

Maybe the cake's real, and the guy was just born on a leap year.

 
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