Poll: Will Grand Theft Auto 5 Cause a Controversy?

November 21, 2012 -

Grand Theft Auto.

You might have heard of it.  You might have even seen the new trailer for it.  Readers of GamePolitics know the series as a controversy magnet.  Over the years people have raised a fuss over how inappropriate it is for kids, how violent it is, how sexual it is, its portrayal of cops, women, and minorities and a host of other things that aren't even in the game!

So, do you think the latest installment, due out next spring, will cause another uproar?  Or are we past such nonsense in a post Brown v. EMA world?

Vote in the poll and let us know how much the game will make parent, politician, and pundit blood boil.  Then (yes, there are multiple steps) expand on your thoughts in the comments section or send us email at SuperPACPodcast@gmail.com.

Once EZK and I recover from our Thanksgiving food comas, we'll start recording episode 30 of the podcast and give this topic a thorough vetting.

And we'll try to keep the belching to a minimum.

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen


Comments

Re: Poll: Will Grand Theft Auto 5 Cause a Controversy?

Sort of. There will be the inevitable "video games are corrupting our children" outcry from the usual suspects which will gain traction for about a month or two then quickly forgotten.

Re: Poll: Will Grand Theft Auto 5 Cause a Controversy?

yes, as a fat PR stunt just as in the past with other games ever since GTA SA (a sub par title in the series with only a FEW worth while additions) made it HUGE after a single controversy over something that wasn't even accessible without hacks. the controversy sold that game on its own, prior to that it wasn't barely on anyones radar.

of late nearly any "AAA" title thats been up for release has found some "controversy" over this or that, and in the end only a few even have the slightest bit of possible place in reality.

Re: Poll: Will Grand Theft Auto 5 Cause a Controversy?

Actually the series has been a huge hit because it was practically the first game that let you ignore the objectives if you so choose.

Re: Poll: Will Grand Theft Auto 5 Cause a Controversy?

the series has ALWAYS let you ignore the objectives... tis the mark of a TRUE sand box game..

it merely added side missions that weren't solid missions themselves (territory control and such)

 

Re: Poll: Will Grand Theft Auto 5 Cause a Controversy?

Yeah, those got old fast ,as did the friendship crap in GTA4. So far asI hear the new series is doing away with that.

Re: Poll: Will Grand Theft Auto 5 Cause a Controversy?

If any does pop up I imagine it'll probably be in the last two, maybe single week before release. They people who raise a stink seem to have a hardon for doing it RIGHT before release.

Re: Poll: Will Grand Theft Auto 5 Cause a Controversy?

I honestly don't think there will be a lot of grief over Grand Theft Auto V. I think a lot of problems that we saw first of all revolved around Jack Thompson. He went after GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas. San Andreas had received a lot of problems due to the infamous 'hot coffee mod'. He was also infamous for blowing the game Bully out of proportion, and calling it a 'Columbine Simulator'. He didn't go after Liberty or Vice City Stories very much. He thought a fake commercial on Liberty City stories was making fun of him. He was disbarred before the release of GTAIV. There was not a lot of problems with it, other than a handful of complaints. The loudest I think was from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) over the drunk aspect of the game (Where Niko makes comments over how he shouldn't be driving.) And there was that thing over the full frontal nudity in GTA: The Lost and Damned. Since the release of GTAIV, we have had the Supreme Court ruling of Schwarzenegger/Brown vs EMA. 

So, yeah, I think there will be a few problems over GTAV. But less problems than IV. Will PETA complain? Sure. I gotta agree with Andrew. If you can kill animals in a videogame, then yes, they will raise a stink. I think the dog shown in the trailer is Travis' dog Chop(?) and will be treated like one of the main characters. But I have a feeling that any other animal character will be fair game. It looks like there will be guard dogs guarding certain structures and I think you will have the option of killing them, and PETA will not like it. PETA, who is infamous for killing cats and dogs. Hypocritical much, PETA?

tl;dr - Other than PETA, I don't think there will be too much controversy over GTA V.

But the game won't be out till next spring. Always enough time to put something controversial in. Maybe they will say something over The two teenage kids Michael is supposed to have?

 - W

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

Re: Poll: Will Grand Theft Auto 5 Cause a Controversy?

 don't forget PETA's infatuation in paying people to abuse other creatures in some of the most disturbing ways just so they can film it and build propaganda films based off these things (and then attempt to get the people they paid off in trouble to cover their tracks...)

Re: Poll: Will Grand Theft Auto 5 Cause a Controversy?

They do that too? Well, I guess you learn something new everyday.

 - W

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

Re: Poll: Will Grand Theft Auto 5 Cause a Controversy?

very old news. but was taken up and investigated years ago after a guy they filmed clubbing a  baby seal came forward himself to confess to his crime and explained he was paid off to do it.

twas a nice stink at one time, but given how active these domestic terrorists are, it was lost in the pile of other crimes they've committed quickly i'm sure. just as many still aren't aware of the groups killing/dumping of cats/dogs in thrice the number of any number of pounds.

Re: Poll: Will Grand Theft Auto 5 Cause a Controversy?

Eh, kinda.

Fox News and The Daily Mail- as well as their associated politicians, "Family Values" groups and disgraced, Floridian ex-lawyers- will have a go, but it'll be a limited amount of noise and fury that won't have the same kind of traction previous attempts have had.

That doesn't mean Rockstar will not screw up in some other capacity. If there's not some rant over DRM or another copyright-related incident like the San Andreas one that recently got kicked out or most likely, some entitled screaming from the more self-important individuals amongst PC gamers.

The only downside to external controversies about games receding is that now we have to put up with our own bullshit instead. :D

/b

Re: Poll: Will Grand Theft Auto 5 Cause a Controversy?

My money's on PETA bitching about animal violence before we know if that's even possible.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Poll: Will Grand Theft Auto 5 Cause a Controversy?

PETA are attention whores so naturally they'll latch onto that one. We might even get another game from them. Canine Roadkill Simulator 5000.

Re: Poll: Will Grand Theft Auto 5 Cause a Controversy?

"Be angry you CAN kill animals in a game, make a game about killing animals."

 
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