Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

September 24, 2008 -

In a move that is sure to spark controversy, the upcoming Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for Nintendo's handheld DS will feature a drug-dealing mini-game.

Although many grownups use the DS, it is widely regarded as a kid-friendly system. Citing a print story in Edge magazine, CVG reports:

Here's some news that's surely going to send mainstream newspapers (and Nintendo's PR department) mental. It's emerged that for DS features a full-on drug-dealing mini-game.

Revealed in the latest Edge magazine, the drug-dealing feature lets you flog heroine, cocaine, weed, ecstasy, acid and downers. Selling the six type of drugs makes you a ton of in-game cash and help you gain experience of market conditions, says the mag.
 

Rockstar exec Dan Houser is also quoted:

We wanted to have a drug-dealing minigame in lots of the GTA games. We played with it a little in Vice City Stories, because it worked really well juxtaposed with the main story. It works well with what GTA is, with driving around the map, and it gives you another thing to think about - another layer or piece of the puzzle to keep you motivated. It does intersect with the main story, and things you learn from it work with the story, but it mostly runs on its own.

GP: In the video at left (sorry for the poor sound quality) Nintendo exec Cammie Dunaway announces GTA Chinatown Wars at this year's E3.

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Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

No, you're not.  Sortableturnip

P.S.  prt?  What does that stand for?  Pretty Retarded Troll?

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Close. It really stands for "Pointless Retarded Threat"

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

BANG!

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

PWNED...

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Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Oddly enough, when I was in high school, we had a game on our graphing calculators that did exactly this.

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Who cares? it isn't anything a freeware game for calculators hasn't done alreddy?

 

Ok so it isn't anything new gameplay wise, but it is still going to attract controversy.

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Why can't GTA just die already.  The last thing the games industry needs is ANOTHER sequel.  I'd love to see some form of original IP from the Houser brothers.  They seem like talentless hacks that rely on controversy to sell video games.

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

I tottaly agree, the controversy is all that sells their games, after all the hype the games, including GTA4, just fade away. something new and inovative would be great and even better if it didn't rely only on controversy.

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

The controversy doesn't hurt I am sure, but the games wouldn't sell if they stunk. 25 to life anyway?

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Nothing wrong with that, besides, if people like Thompson didn't get all up in arms over it, then yeah, it'd die, maybe not so much since GTA is a great franchise, and it'd sell, even more so since people like Thompson help it.

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Big deal. "Scarface" and "Saints Row" have drug dealing/traffiking games too.

Only differences here is the DS and the variety of drugs.

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

You also have to consider that the DS is supposedly a kid-friendly system

 

 

 

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Reminds me a bit of games that cropped up on graphing calculators back when I was in highschool.

-Gray17

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

If it's going to be an M rated game for DS, I don't see the problem with it.  It's not like the DS is showing you where to buy and sell ACTUAL DRUGS.  Hell, they could rename the drug names to the names of Gobots action figures and it wouldn't make a lick of difference!

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Is that 'Drug Wars' homebrew for the TI-8X series calculator still making the rounds?  This DS mini-game sounds just like it, with better game tech.

They started using those in grade school now, to avoid having to teach math, and letting the calculator spit out an answer for you.  Where's the outrage, homebrews have no regulation!  At least any GTA game will be rated M.

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Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Actually, I'm a bit surprised and a bit relieved to see this kind of thing in the game. Since the history of drug laws is very... very racist (see first criminalization laws of opium and punishment for crack vs heroin just to name two examples) it's interesting to see a game where race is apparently going to be an issue would involve the selling of drugs by the player. I was actually amazed it wasnt more prominent in GTA IV and other GTA related games.  What i'm really interested in seeing is how the punishment system for drugs is going to be implemented. Are there going to be bad drug deals? What about people overdosing and their family members blaming you? Drug stings? 

Also, I don't think people really have a right to be offended unless they show the main character selling to schoolyard/middle school aged children. That would rightfully cause a bit of a fuss. Speaking of rightfully caused fusses... where was the political outrage over a game for the TI-86 (graphing calculator) called pimpquest? What about DRUG WARS? Kids were playing that all through the day at my school, and nobody seemed to car. (Oh God, the text based mayhem!!!)

Yes, people will get pissed, but yes they'll get over it eventually. This won't stop another GTA from being released.

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

(Insert Random jack "douchebag" thompson quote here)

Im taking a guess he is going to check this site and type some random crap.

The wizard behind the curtain...MAGIC TACO!

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Like games don't get enough flack as it is? *rolleyes*

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Clearly hidden sex minigames wern't controversial enough. I think the fairest thing you can say about their decision to include this in the game is that it's a tad unwise

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

It's still amazing to me how people in this country think sex is more controversial/inappropriate than violence

Seriously, which would you most likely run away from, some dude shooting people or a couple having casual sex in a supermarket...

 

 

 

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

What about in other countries where it's the other way around. Something tells me that this won't see the light of day in Austrila giving the Fallout 3 deal, though I don't think Rockstar would cave the way Bethesda did and change all the versions.


Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Australia, my spelling, she's not so good today.

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

now heres the thing thats gonna make you all laugh . . . remember the movie scareface?  did you know they made a game out of that (its actually pretty fun in my opinion) guess how you made money in that game? thats right buying and selling cocaine! in other words its been done before and the world didnt end

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

I have that game, its pretty cool, but no, it didn't have the GTA label on it, so it passed right over the radar.

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Under the radar

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Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Fantastic, this is going to garner more controversy than what anyone needs. *rolls his eyes* Can we say "will be used as a political scapegoat?" I know you can! Speaking of opportunistic governments and lawyers willing to jump on this...

Incoming old senile crackpot Florida lawyer with multiple personality disorders.

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

The funniest thing about Jack's latest legal bluster? Someone writes:

"Incoming old senile crackpot Florida lawyer with multiple personality disorders."

and Jack assumes, "hey, that must be me!" So Jack, do you admit that you are a senile crackpot with mpd? And if so, why are you complaining when someone points it out? Either it applies to you, in which case it's true, or it doesn't, in which case you have no grounds to assume this post referred to you.

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Here comes the lawyers, the senators, the goveneors, all ready to jump on another controversy.  Idk, this does seem kinda pushing the limit with the Game. I like the idea but I'm not so sure otheres will.

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

I don't see the point of adding it when lord knows GTA already has enough controversy to deal with. 

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

I think it is because Rockstar doesn't know any other way to advertise their games, then by generating a giant media frenzy by adding something controversial.  Doesn't matter any more if the controversial item actually adds anything to the gameplay, it just has to be even more controversial then the last GTA game.

imho very irresponsible on their part, given the anti-game sentiment it inevitably stirs up and the problems it causes for the rest of the industry.

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Ready your arms and weaponry!  This won't go down well.

 

Of course, movies with drug dealing will win awards!  Video games with drug dealing will win controversy!

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Considering GTA already has enough to be controversial about you'd think they'd just skip on something like a drug dealing mini game.

I mean its not a big deal as if kids do drugs from playing this game then lets blame the parents for not monitoring what their kids play but still for the sake of pointless controversy was such a mini game needed for the success of the DS GTA game? 

 

Also lets play a game called "How Long Will It Be Before the Asian Community Gets Offended by This Game?"  xD

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Yeah I agree... I thought I heard a scream of frustration.

When Life gives you lemons, you find a new god.

When Life gives you lemons, you find a new god.

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Whats that sound I hear?  Oh yeah, Jack Thompson making pointless threats.

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Why must people summon him in every thread?

Quick say his name three times fast and throw some salt over your shoulder and he'll go away.

---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Because its inevitable.  Heck, even when threads are not about GTA or him, he appears sometimes anyways, might as well get it over with.


Re: Report: Grand Theft Auto DS to Have Drug Dealing Mini-game

Alright gamers, get your supplies into the castle and raise the drawbridge.  We've got a long siege of negative press to look forward to. (again).

Because of this, Madworld, Dead Space (just have this feeling it's gonna cause sh*t as well), and Fable 2 (achievement points for completing sexual acts anyone?) I'm expecting alarmist barbarians at the gates within the next few months.

 
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