Carjacking And Killing Are Fine, But Consensual Sex In A Game? Ban It!
from the standards? dept
For the past few weeks we've been hearing all the various stories about how there's a downloadable mod for the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, that lets the player get involved in a "mini-game" involving having sex with various girlfriends. It was an amusing story about a silly modification. However, in the last few days, the story has been blown way out of proportion, to the point that the US Senate is now involved. It started with some grandstanding by a California politician who was upset that the ESRB may have rated the game incorrectly, which made the ratings group go back and take a look at it more carefully. The group eventually said their original rating of "M" for "Mature" was accurate, since that rating covered: "intense violence, blood and gore, strong sexual content, strong language and use of drugs." However, apparently that's not good enough for some other politicians who sense a "moral" issue. Senator Clinton is now calling on federal regulators to investigate the game for this modification, which Rockstar Games still claims wasn't created by themselves. Either way, take a step back and realize what's going on here. The point of the game is for the main character to be involved in all sorts of criminal activity, involving carjacking, murder and creating general mayhem. However, you add in a bit of consensual sex? Suddenly it's a federal issue! Honestly, the game has already been rated M, meaning that it's for people over the age of 17. The only higher rating would be A, which means it's only for people over the age of 18. Apparently, these politicians are worried that 17-year-olds playing a game whose entire point is criminal activity will be horribly scarred by discovering a sex scene, which sounds like it's probably the tamest part of the entire game. Aren't there more important issues for the federal government to be focused on right now? Meanwhile, Rockstar Games should send a big thank you to Senator Clinton -- who probably just guaranteed an uptick in sales of Grand Theft Auto.