Bono Needs To Play More Socially Conscious Video Games
from the leave-the-man-alone dept
It seems that U2 lead singer Bono just can’t get out of the tech related news world lately. Last week there was talk about “drafting” him into the fight against the recording industry’s stupidity, but this week the controversy concerns his association with violent video games. The folks at Digg highlight the uproar over Bono’s association with the new video game we mentioned recently whose story line is about invading Venezuela. Bono, you’ll recall, became a celebrity venture capitalist a couple years ago. While we haven’t heard much about his actual involvement, the firm invested in a video game company last year — which leads to the connection people are now complaining about. Of course, this isn’t the first time Bono’s name has been linked to controversial video games. Earlier this year, a rumor started spreading that his VC firm, Elevation Partners, was also looking to invest in controversial Grand Theft Auto maker, Take-Two Interactive, leading everyone’s favorite lawyer, Jack Thompson, to write an open letter pleading with him to avoid the company. Once again, though, it seems like a case where people are simply using Bono’s name for publicity, and then suggesting what he should or shouldn’t stand for. Perhaps that’s what you get for being famous and active in certain causes, but it seems silly to drag him into this debate.