GTA: Don’t Blame the Game
Grand Theft Auto receives a lot of negative publicity because of it’s content. Yes, It’s a violent game (read more about the game here) with adult themes. That’s why the New Zealand Censor gave it an R18 rating. The rating legally prohibits children from playing the game. Parents who allow their children to play R18 rated games are breaking the law.
Some parents still live in a land where computer games are for children and don’t really pay attention to the little Censor’s rating stickers on the front of them. This I believe is the real issue with games like Grand Theft Auto.
Of course, ignorant parents are easy prey for unscrupulous retailers who know they can make money through promoting R-rated games to children. This is where games like this become a problem, and where the law needs to step in and take issue with irresponsible retailers.
The flyer pictured above steps way over the line of responsible promotion, using Mothers Day to sell R-rated games to children. The heading suggests that keeping the kids quiet [by giving them GTA IV] will be a great gift for mum. Even more problematic is the lack of an obvious censors rating for the game.
What do you think? Should retailers be forced to be more responsible? Or is the game the real problem?