Common Sense Media Criticizes Full Frontal Nudity in GTA IV Expansion

February 20, 2009 -

The mainstream is beginning to react to the news that GTA IV add-on The Lost and Damned features a moment of full frontal male nudity.

Watchdog group Common Sense Media has now weighed in on the controversy:

It is even more controversial than its predecessors because this game has full frontal male nudity. The game lets you lead a life of crime as part of a motorcycle gang with plenty of gang violence... relentless foul language, drugs and alcohol, and sexual references...

Families can talk about why Rockstar likes to push the envelope and garner controversy over its games? Why did they have to put full-frontal nudity in the game if it's not integral to the story? Do they correlate media outrage with extraordinary game sales? Do players expect Rockstar to stir up controversy with each of its titles, including the Manhunt and Bully series?...

 


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Re: Common Sense Media Criticizes Full Frontal Nudity in GTA IV

FOR A FEW SECONDS!!! God...

Re: Common Sense Media Criticizes Full Frontal Nudity in GTA IV

I like that CSM assumes that kids will be playing this and that parents will be letting them. That is a bit messed up.

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I'm not sure that Rockstar is doing this entirely for controversy anymore. It doesn't really matter what they put in their game at this point. They're never going to make their critics happy, because most of these people don't play the games anyway. Do you think that any of these people have actually seen this nudity scene? These are just adults making games for adults, and a lot of people just cannot understand that. For example, it would seem that Australia's official position is that videogames are only for children 15 and under.

The scene isn't very far removed from what you would see in an R-rated film. I think that Rockstar is just acting as if they have the same rights and creative freedom as any filmmaker. And maybe if they keep acting as if they are respected, it might become true one day.

Re: Common Sense Media Criticizes Full Frontal Nudity in ...

I would say that intentionally or not the gta series is pushing what is acceptable for games further forward (to where it should be)

its leading the vanguard into cultural acceptance, after GTA has done it other publisheres can say "well its already been done and its old news" and we can start getting more mature stories in our games (and more mindless sex and violence :P)

Re: Common Sense Media Criticizes Full Frontal Nudity in GTA IV

I would be more worried if GTA games had decent graphics.

Re: Common Sense Media Criticizes Full Frontal Nudity in GTA IV

Play GTA4, you'll probably be pleasantly surprised.

 

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