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

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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    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Hey Jack, you asked what the next question was and you still haven’t answered.



    So to ask again: What proof do you have that it was Grand Theft Auto that was directly responsible for the deaths of the three officers in Alabama?

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    Shufflefield says:

    Don’t do that, please please please don’t encourage him to do that. I really really like Kevin Smith movies and I don’t want JT meddling in yet another piece of entertainment that I like and care about. 1 losing crusade is enough for this guy.

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    Anonymous says:

    True, he has done so much of the same in the past both online and off-line that such posts are reasonably legit.

    Hell, his lack of ethics and unprofessional behavior is what brought the recent disbarment hearing.  Sane & rational  people do not go bat guano crazy and make up bizarre accusations just because someone in a law firm didn’t call him back within an unreasonable amount of time(not surprised though, he did the same email/phone harassment to a poster back in the livejournal days).

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    Anonymous says:

    Next question, please.

    Ok, why are you not going after the big retailers like Bestbuy, Walmart, Sears, Amazon that have such "you are 18" clickthrough agreements for M rated games, yet still have the same "security" preventing some kid from getting a R-rated, UN-rated, and even PORN movies?

    And a few more questions, what do you have to say about the "parents" who made such a cake(seeing as how you go that way, it would be like them hading their kid a "violent pono" movie…)?  Or the fact that maybe they are pulling your leg and are having some more laughs at your expense?

    The only sorry thing here is YOUR problem with distinguishing fantasy(i.e. the BS you spew, everything that supports you on the internet must be 9001% true, etc) from reality(repeating such BS doesn’t make it true, think of "photo-shopping" is an advanced way of pasting Batman over your driver’s license photo, etc).  Oh wait, I forgot that you threatened legal action over a photoshop contest involving you…

    LOL, speaking of Batman, my last question is what are thoughts on the Mortal Kombat vs. DC game?  Besides the "fatalities" being removed, I’m sure there are plenty of other jokes and comparisons we could make….

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    Overcast says:

    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!

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    BearDogg-X says:

    No, Metropolitian Moron of Miami, three cops are in the ground in Alabama because of Devin Moore, not because of GTA. You and Moore are clearly lying. Deal with it, loser. Now go chase a chupacabra.

    By the way, GTA’s a gift from God. Go watch Clerks II to find out why.

    Practice what you preach: Grow up and get a life.

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    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    So I take it you are under the delusion that Jack doesn’t post here?  There are impersonaters yes.  But there are also genuine ones such as this.  Dennis tends to delete the impersonators you see.

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    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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    DarkTetsuya says:

    Still doesn’t upgrade that post from an F to a D-, though. (or above an F-, for that matter :P)

    Hasn’t this story been around before? I’m sure I saw it on Kotaku a while ago (hell wasn’t their afd thing this year all about gaming-related pastries?)


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    Cidas ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    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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    Overcast says:


    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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    Anonymous says:

    "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."


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    sortableturnip says:


    How soon…..

    Real soon….

    (A little Jewel of the Nile reference for those who don’t know)  😉


    The cake is real,

    JT is a lie…


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    Baruch ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    He also forgot the childish insult against all gamers and some sort of threat towards Dennis. Either JT’s slipping up, or this is a troll. I’m guessing troll, but you never know…

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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.

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    Matthew says:

    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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    GamerGurl says:

    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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    DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    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.

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    DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Mr. Thompson, shouldn’t you be doing something important like, oh, i don’t know, ESCAPING THE HURRICANE THAT’S TEARING YOUR FREAKING STATE APART?!

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    Zevorick says:

    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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    black manta says:

    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::

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    Zevorick says:

    Wow… you guys are really fooled by the troll? This is hardly JT’s work. It’s missing his "\\attorney\\\\ and you\re not\\\\" motif. Furthermore, I think he’s too vain to ever purposefully mispell the gospel filled name that is Jack Thompson. Nice try though.

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    metroidprimegmr says:

    Since when did game discs start running around wielding knives?

    Besides, even if the people that you say killed three policemen WERE inspired by GTA, all it means is that it’s the PARENTS’ FAULT for not teaching their kids/teens/etc. the difference between fiction and reality, or not even making the effort to keep track of their own kid, for that matter.

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    Zen says:

    And your dancing on their graves looking to make a quick buck.  What’s worse…the game that some think had an effect, or the person (can’t say a "man" since you don’t seem to have grown up at all) that is sticking his fingers into the wounds and trying to give grieving people something convenient to grasp at just to further his beliefs at others expense?  You make me sick whether you are the real jack or not.  


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    Neeneko says:

    Ok, my question would be to ask if you actually fact checked this cake or is it because it fits in well with your personal view of things?

    In other words, do you actually know something, or do you just assume and pretend like you have any facts?

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    Azhrarn says:

    I just went to IMDB and most of the dates there were for 2005, hence my comment. :)

    If it was released October 2004 then it could indeed be for the game itself.

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    LrdDimwit says:

    I don’t know who said the game itself turns 4 next year. According to Wikipedia, the game was released October ’04. This would mean the game’s 4 year anniversary is right about now. Sounds like a “birthday cake” for the game.

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    Zevorick says:

    I never thought of that, but that’s a very big posibility. I had a friend that was born on leap year and we’d always make similar cakes for him on birthdays every four years. I believe he just turned 5 last year :p

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    Father Time says:

    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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    Anonymous says:

    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?

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    Father Time says:

    You know I’m sick of blaming the parents all the time it’s the person’s fault. He decided to do this. Even if he was inspired by GTA it was still his decision to kill those cops. No amount of obsessive playing changes this.

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    Waffles says:




    More at 11.


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    Disclaimer says:


    Look at how many responses this Jack Thompsom impersonator gets… if you leave him alone he will go away. Have you noticed the real Jack Thompson doesn’t even post here anymore? Its alot more fun when the real Jack comments.



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    Father Time says:

    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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    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?


    -Entertainment isn’t the reason the world sucks. It’s the reason we know the world sucks. For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, by Harvard researchers Larry Kutner&Cheryl Olson

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    mark_n_b says:

    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.

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    oto kirlama says:

    I’m all for freedom of ttnet vitamin speech and allowing rent a car game makers to put whatever they want in games, but there’s one thing about this app that has me scratching my head.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but from araç kiralama the previous article araba kiralama on this I gathered that players can use Google maps in-game to find the other (real-life?) dealers in their area.  If this is the case, has travesti anyone considered what’s stopping someone from using this app to actually move drugs between hands for reals?

    But majority araba kiralama of their outrage araç kiralama stems from what it could DO TO children, not the content itself.  Talk to one of these people and you’ll find they don’t think any books kiralık araba should be banned from children.  Mention American Psycho and they talk about kiralık araç the redeeming value of using imagination to construct a story.  Reading, no matter what the content, is largely viewed as a consequenceless activity for people of any age.  The reason why I mention American Psycho is because of the content itself.  Gaming never has and likely never will have any scenes where someone has sex with a severed head.  Not gonna happen.  Yet despite this, they’ll fight tooth and nail to protect their children from two boys kissing in Bully but whatever they read is harmless… yeah.

    The entire arguement is kiralık oto based upon a social normality inflicted by luddites who can’t figure out the controls for Halo so it’s frightening and terrifying and obviously the cause of youth violence on the rise even though, in reality, it’s in decline (which is actually a HUGE suprise given minibüs kiralama the economies status).  In  a perfect world, we would have parents that actually parent.  The idea of sales restrictions on media on oto kiralama any form to accomidate parental unwillingness to get involved with their child’s life is the real problem to me.  Here I am, 32 years old, and being held up at a self-scan rent a car needing to show ID before I can buy a $10 M rated game all because Soccer Momthra can’t be bothered to look at the crap Billy Genericallystupidson does in his free time.  It’s too hard for her, so I have to suffer?

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    Anonymous says:

    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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    Krayt'heili ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    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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    Kajex says:

    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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    Anonymous says:

    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). 

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    Zevorick says:

    I wouldn’t bother trying to correct someone who can’t read a post before throwing out the word troll. If they actually read my entire post they’d see that the kid would be screwed due to bad parenting no matter what video game they play. Not to mention I said that ONLY children UNDER six are usually affected by media violence unless they already have a genetic predisposition. Heaven forbid someone who is actually going into the business of psychology, and is an avid gamer, know anything about the subject. Good F’ing God.

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    Zevorick says:

    Just letting you know what’s out there from a guy who’s about to get his masters in clinical psychology. Besides, read my ENTIRE post clearly before jumping to any conclusions 😉

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    Adam ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    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.

  45. 0
    JustChris says:

    I once imagined, what some M-rated games would be like if they were kids’ cartoons and toned down for the content. For example, Metal Gear Solid. It would be like a more serious GI Joe of sorts, what with all the enemies with their weird colorful personalities. But in the cartoon, Snake won’t kill anyone (much). He’d just use his tranquilizer gun and close quarters combat for the most part. And you can’t forget having tons of badly-aimed lasers coming from the enemies’ guns (and gears).

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    SomeChristianKid says:

    Why couldn’t I get a cake like that for my birthday :(

    To be honest I wouldn’t be surprised if 4 year old kids were into GTA, hell I know plenty of kids who are into Happy Tree Friends.

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    JustChris says:

    Don’t count on all cake decorators to have some of the best writing or layout skills, or even understanding basic instructions that should not be interpreted as a literal message. I’ve seen a cake that says "Happy birthday in red" – yes, with the words "in red", and all written with GREEN icing.

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    Zevorick says:

    I really think that’s a fake. The gap between hapy and 4 could very easily hold a 1 or a 2, and the word birthday just doesnt seem right being on the right hand side of the cake.

    Give it a minute and JT will be on here acosting gamers when, IF the cake is real, the child is ALREADY screwed up because of piss poor parenting. Remember, when ice cream sales go up, so do motorboat accidents and drownings. BAN ICE CREAM!!!!

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    Xen says:

    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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    Mr.Tastix says:

    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

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    CyberSkull says:

     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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    Anonymous says:

    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…..

  53. 0
    Anonymous says:

    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.

  54. 0
    Anonymous says:

    well, the first video game i ever played was Sonic the Hedgehog, i was 3 years old then, so yes they are but that’s beside the point 😛

  55. 0
    Anonymous says:

    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.

  56. 0
    Kris O. says:

    Regardless, that’s a bad-ass cake. I couldn’t even bring myself to cut it. I’d have to freeze-dry it and mount it on a wall.

    Back on topic. If it is real, then it’s the parents’ call as to whether or not they think their kid is intelligent enough to play the game. No harm, no foul.

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    Zevorick says:

    It may be the parents responsibility, but nobody can deny if they let a 4 year old play the game, the child is pretty much screwed due to BAD PARENTING. Not only this, but there are plenty of studies that show media violence has little to no effect in older children/adults BUT has a significant effect on children under the age of six! So while a parent has the ultimate say in what they deem is appropriate for children, Grand Theft Auto, from a psychological standpoint, is not only inappropriate but is also harmful for a child so young.

    That being said, I really think this cake is for a 14th birthday and the decorator took a picture before adding the 1 in there.

  58. 0
    nightwng2000 says:

    To be honest, it doesn’t matter whether it’s real or not.

    First off, it’s just a cake.  Sound familiar?  "It’s just a game."  There is nothing there to directly say that the person whose birthday it is actually plays or played the game.  Perhaps the Parents know about the game, like it, and thought it would be cool.  Or, the kid witnessed a Parent or sibling playing the game and thought it looked cool.  There’s no evidence the 4 year old plays the game.

    In fact, it’s very unlikely that a 4 year old would be able to play the game beyond the sandbox mode.  And even then not successfully.

    To top it off, despite whether anyone here or anywhere else would or wouldn’t allow their own children to play any particular game, it is still the Right of an indiividual Parent to decide what is or is not appropriate for their own child.  If some Parent found the game appropriate for THEIR child, it would be my Right to merely disagree, but not my Right to dictate that they should be punished or even be declared bad Parents.  After all, there’s plenty out there I wouldn’t advise having children exposed to (such as bigotry and hate taught as religious "morality").  But it still wouldn’t be my Right to demand that others not have the Right to make their own decisions regarding that or be punished if they do.


    NW2K Software

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    Some guy with an umbrella... says:

    Okay… I did get to see it a little better.  The pixelation on the GTA images and the cake are exactly the same so that either means that it’s real or somebody knows a great deal about pixels in photoshop.

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    Some guy with an umbrella... says:

    I can see how people would think that it’s photoshopped and I can also see how it could be real.  If I had a larger version of the image so I could look at its pixelation a little better I could determine if it’s real or not.

  61. 0
    Steve ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Just because it says happy 4th birthday doesn’t mean it’s for a 4 year old. That’s probably a gag cake for some guy’s birthday who’s a big fan of GTA and irony.

  62. 0
    Anonymous says:

    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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    Anonymous says:


      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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