Rockstar Expects Media Backlash Following Release of GTA IV

gtascreen1-1.jpgI know it, you know it, and of course even Rockstar knows it. When Grand Theft Auto IV is released, the media’s going to be all over that one to report on the horrors of violent video games and how they corrupt young children (conveniently neglecting the fact that it’s rated “M” and marketed towards adults, who now comprise the majority of the gaming population). Founder of Rockstar Games, Dan Houser, recently stated his thoughts for the coming media backlash:

“I expect it because we’ve had so much of it in the past,” Houser said at a recent game demonstration in North America…”I wish people would treat video games the same as other media,” he said. “They seem to not want to do that for reasons that I don’t understand. It’s a convenient enemy for people.”

On the plus side, any media coverage good or bad is bound to spike up game sales. Look at Manhunt 2…actually, on second thought, don’t.


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On January 31, 2008 at 8:21 pm

You know what question just came to mind that I’d like to pose to an anti-gaming individual: precisely how do these companies market games like GTA to kids, and what do you see as NOT marketing to kids?


On January 31, 2008 at 8:25 pm

“It’s a convenient enemy for people”
i like that. it’s a true statement. a sad one as well. i like causing multiple explosions on the freeway in San Andreas. would i ever do this in real life? OF F*ING COURSE NOT. because i was raised right and know right from wrong.

and don’t get me started on manhunt 2. i made it to the SECOND LEVEL before i got disgusted with how awful it was and took it back to gamestop. of course i don’t blame rockstar. it would have been a rockin’ game if the conservatives weren’t all over it hailing it as the end of civilization.