Singapore Politician: Why Isn’t GTA IV Banned?

A member of Singapore’s Parliament has questioned why Grand Theft Auto IV is permitted to be sold there.

As reported by The Electric New Paper, Christopher de Souza (left) suggested that underage players would get their hands on the game and questioned how the life of crime portrayed in the game fit in with government efforts to discourage drug use, crime and gangs:

The question ought really to be if this game should enter the market in the first place.

By way of response, Minister for Information Communications and the Arts Dr Lee Boon Yang pointed out that GTA IV’s rating was consistent with that found in the United States, U.K., Australia and Japan:

When rating the game, the MDA [Media Development Authority] took careful consideration of the content, themes and storyline found in the game, recognising that adults are better equipped to discern fact from fiction.

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  1. 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?

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    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?

  2. Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    To what are you refering to exactly?  Because I know you aren’t refering to this story.  As this particular Singapore politician has proven himself to be ratehr NOT rational.

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  4. Timmy says:

    I live in Singapore and don’t usually agree with the Singapore government. But today they showed us that all the money they are paid and their impressive degrees aren’t just for show.


    The Singapore Government may be really conservative, but they are usually more pragmatic and suprisingly very rational when it comes down to it.

  5. Ben says:

    The fact that so many politicians are even citing the Thailand murder case is beyond the relm of stupidity. It had nothing to do with the game except for the fact that he may have played it. Who cares? People murder all of the time, yet their treating this incident as if its never happened before.

    Remember the so called "Teen sex beast" who played GTA 4? It turns out that he was 19(correct me if I’m wrong on this). They said that the debate on the effect that games have on children would resurface.

    Tell me, since when have we ever considered 19 year olds to be kids!?

  6. Anonymous says:

    no, they just need something to pin it on, nevermind the fact Thailand’s crime rates were already royally f***ed up well before the Atari 2600 was ever thought of, let alone GTA4

  7. Ben says:

    What really ticks me off is that they are still reffering to the Thailand murder!!!

    What, did it officially become a fact that the game was responsible for the murder?

  8. Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Two possibilities as far as the Jack comment goes.

    1. It is an internet troll acting like a internet troll.

    2. It is Jack and he has, yet again, broken the comment posting policy.  That is despite the fact that he stated that he has never broken comment policy. (ha!)

  9. Kincyr says:

    IIRC, Jack did try to get George W. Bush to ban violent games on behalf of the Al Qaeda by saying that said games were the reason why they were attacking us. Seeing as that didn’t happen, Bush is smarter than Jack took him for

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

  10. Kincyr says:

    full version of said definition:

    Terrorism means activities against persons, organizations or property of any nature committed by an individual or individuals acting on behalf of any foreign person or foreign interest:

    1. that involve the following or preparation for the following:
    a. use or threat of force or violence; or
    b. commission or threat of a dangerous act; or
    c. commission or threat of an act that interferes with or disrupts an
    electronic communication, information, or mechanical system; and

    2. when at least one of the following applies:
    a. the effect is to intimidate or coerce a government or the civilian
    population or any segment thereof, or to disrupt any segment of the
    economy; or
    b. it appears that the intent is to intimidate or coerce a government,
    or further political, ideological, religious, social or economic
    objectives or to express (or express opposition to) a philosophy
    or ideology.

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

  11. Anonymous says:

    explain exactly how this is a terrorist site?  Just because a site won’t post only what you want it to post doesn’t make it a terrorist site.  I see you are back off your meds.  This should get interesting…

  12. Anonymous says:

    Or possibly a reference to Edgar Allan Poe, who, it is suspected, died after being ‘cooped’, which is basically where people were forced to vote for something repeatedly after being intoxicated with drugs and alcohol?

  13. konrad_arflane says:

    His point is that "Poe" is a pretty obvious reference to Poe’s Law, which states that "it is impossible to create a parody of fundamentalist Chritianity that somebody will not mistake for the real thing", or something to that effect. IOW, by using the name "Poe", the poster is pretty clearly telling us that it’s a parody of Jack, and that someone will think it’s really him (which, of course, they did).

    Although I must say it’s a pretty weak parody, IMHO.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I think you need to work on the L337 bit.

    Oh, and reading comprehension.

    Oh, and spamming up with multiple copies of the same reply.

  15. The Ghost of Kennedy says:

    It wasn’t Oswald who shot me.

    This must be true, since I am obviously the Ghost of Kennedy, it says so in the name box.

  16. DavCube (can't log in) says:

    He posted as ‘Dick Cheney’ once and and Dennis confirmed it to be Jack.

    ie: What’s your point?

    PS: Don’t spam the same response to everyone in the reply block. It doesn’t serve the same purpose.

  17. DavCube (can't log in) ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Right back at ya:

    Why are you such a hypocrite to what you preach?

    -Posting obsessively (insulting needlessly and copying filings)
    -Distributing porn to places where anyone can see
    -Refusing to get a life

    David "DavCube" Gagnon, Mature Human Being, and You’re NOT.

  18. Anonymous says:

    What the hell are you talking about man? Terrorist site? Has someone been slipping pills into your hot coffee or something?

    Get a grip.

  19. JustChris says:

    The only kind of "terrorism" that US laws defend against are violent acts meant to achieve political aims. Not personal threats or affronts. The Patriot act won’t save you from people that taunt you.

  20. DarkTetsuya says:

    Of course, what does that say about the fact he keeps coming back to post here?

    I rest my case.

    — "Jack and listen are two words that don’t go together…just like Jack and sanity, Jack and truth, Jack and proof, Jack and win…" — sortableturnip |

  21. JustChris says:

    Jail the immature people for breaking the laws, and for not realizing they’re not the mature audience the game was intended for. Mature does not only reflect age, but also being smart enough to not try anything that’s in the game. Unless Souza suggests that every bit of entertainment should be fool-proof and influence-proof, which is impossible to do.

    questioned how the life of crime portrayed in the game fit in with government efforts to discourage drug use, crime and gangs

    And I sometimes question how dragons in games fit in with the lack of dragons in our world!

  22. Anonymous says:

    The bigger question is "Why would GTA IV be banned?". There is no reason to ban a game because of some stupid idiots who go out and do bad things. You can’t blame the game for the actions of idiots.

  23. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    In Singapore, GTA BAN YOU!!!


    Seriously though, good on you Dr. Lee Boon Yang. Nice to see people think with their brains as opposed to…whatever the hell the vast majority of politicians are thinking with…


    -Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers! For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007) Just to name a few…

  24. Anonymous says:

    And from what I see, GTA actually has an anti-drug undertone – certainly a more realistic view than alot of politicians hand out.  Yeah, you drive around with a Jamaican sending clouds of smoke out of your car – but Niko always turns the stuff down, and it’s made pretty clear that alot of the bad crap going on in in the lives of the people you do missions for is directly related to the use or trafficking of drugs – not necessarily because they are illegal, but also because they really screw with your head.


    Granted, it’s still not a game for kids.. but the suggestion that it encourages drug use just shows they haven’t actually played it.

  25. C. Aaron Browbowski Jr. says:

    it’s called "parental supervision?" god, why can’t people get their acts together and montior what their kids play? it seems like history keeps repeating itsself

    Jesus Jack Jones Thompson told me to do it!

  26. spastkid says:

    Erm, I believe you might be referring to some OTHER country. I’ve been in Singapore for 27 years and I’ve not even heard rumours of any underaged prostitution rings..

    That said, it was just one silly MP who’s probably got "Think of the Children!" on the brain..


    Oooh! You mean there are people around with the mythical "Common Sense"?

  27. sortableturnip says:

    Maybe the government should work on the underage prostitution rings instead of worrying about a video game…

  28. mogbert says:

    A better question is why isn’t alcahol banned yet? I’m sure that alcahol is finding it’s way to underaged drinkers. And drinking is only a small step away from beating hobos to death in a back ally with a shovel.

  29. Eville1NSI ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Go go Dr Lee Boon Yang! Of course it would be the guy who is SUPPOSED to defend artistic media. As it should be.

  30. DeusPayne ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

     "The question ought really to be how these politicians get elected in the first place."


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