Rockstar Expects Media Backlash Following Release of GTA IV
I 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.