Monday, April 21st, 2008
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GTA IV ads removed from Chicago buses

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 09:37 AM MDT | By Neil
BusRockstar Games is going all-out to promote Grand Theft Auto IV, which launches in just over one week. As part of the campaign, advertisements had been placed on the side of many buses in Chicago, much to the dismay of many people.

The main complaint came from the local Fox News Affiliate, which is a member of the same group of companies as publishes the popular IGN.com gaming website and GTA fansite PlanetGTA. Apparently, people are upset that the game is being advertised when it promotes the same kind of shootings which have been frequently taking the lives of Chicago residents.

The Chicago Transit Authority swiftly changed its mind about the ads, which will no longer be displayed on the bus network.
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miroku
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No biggy really.
04-21-2008 09:40 AM
rappo
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NEIL! NEIL! NEIL! NEIL! NEIL! NEIL! NEIL! NEIL! NEIL! NEIL!
DOES THIS MEAN GTA IV IS GOING TO BE DELAYED?!?!?
04-21-2008 09:42 AM
Neil
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no it does not
04-21-2008 09:44 AM
owned_by_gta
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oh why dont people stop theyre wining?! its just a damn game!moving colors! and "omg now cuz its on busses we gotta complain and ruin everyones fun""says some old bitch"
im so sick of people trying to bring down violent video games. its not the video games that make people kill most likely its the people they grow up with like parents and neighborhoods and if someone kills and says "oh well i played gta and it made me want to kill" THEYRE JUST TRYING TO GET OUT OF KILLING SOMEONE!!!! some dude a week ago killed someone and blamed it on a book! oooo are we gonna ban books now?
and! ESRB put the M(MATURE-17+)lable for a reason. if you child isnt mature enough to play dont get the damn game and ruin it for others!we dont control your spastic child! you do!

[ post edited 04-21-2008 09:53 AM by owned_by_gta ]
04-21-2008 09:48 AM
Manlington926
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Shooting in a video game is apparently the same kind of shotting that is done in the slums of that shithole city. How about instead of blaming a video game, Chicago-area authorities could maybe, I don't know, do something about the crime. What a shitty thing to do. It makes absolutely no sense. This is why I'm misanthropic.

owned_by_gta makes a good point. Parents need to moniter what their children play instead of buying them whatever and shifting the blame onto publishers and developers. If your kid whines for a video game, backhand him. That's what my parents did, and I now I have a job to pay for the shit I want, as well as an ID to prove my age. No one under 17 should play these games, it's no mystery.

Fuck Chicago.
04-21-2008 09:58 AM
a_z1
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Wow that's SAD !
04-21-2008 10:17 AM
luke_elliott
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Is there anything that can be done today that won't upset people and be censored?

People are way too sensitive about this stuff... They don't ban books being advertised cos they're about gangsters and killing do they? This is really just another example of how the government don't like video games as a medium of entertainment!
04-21-2008 10:17 AM
tenderbender
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Rappo.

I found your comment extremely sarcastic and therefore somewhat offensive. I therefore believe that it should be removed from this site immediately as it promotes a smug sense of humor that I would never want my good Christian children to exhibit.

plzkthxbye
04-21-2008 10:26 AM
Sk_nk
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I actually liked his comment! It was a good one. And it is not so sarcastic ))
04-21-2008 10:39 AM
owned_by_gta
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i dont see how it was offensive in anyway. if youre a christian and believe strongly you probly should avoid everything gta related. see you should be mature and realize its just a game to play it.
04-21-2008 10:46 AM
Scotty
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You do realise tenderbender was taking the piss don't you? xD
04-21-2008 11:49 AM
owned_by_gta
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uhhhh what? taking the piss? r u saying he drinks piss?lol
04-21-2008 12:06 PM
nygnyy
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Can you blame people in Chicago? 31 people shot over the weekend...6 or so dead.

Also, it wasn't FOX who complained, it was the citizens, who in turn took their case to FOX
04-21-2008 12:12 PM
alisdairmac
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sad ain't the word for it, IT SUX!
04-21-2008 12:18 PM
owned_by_gta
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but what ever. just cuz it isnt on a bus doesnt mean its not gonna be heard of i mean theres magazines,tv and all that.
04-21-2008 12:43 PM
thugskater
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people are too sensitive these days... i bet someone would sue if they didnt take them off the buses... seriously... wtf can you sue for when all you see is an ad for a game? people need to chill out once in awhile.. it might actually stop most of these shootings as well
04-21-2008 01:01 PM
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Everyone commenting about the parents needing to take control are absolutely CORRECT! It's the PARENTS and also the RETAILER'S job to take responsibility for putting violent games in the hands of minors. Sadly, we all know this is not working. As a former Wal-Mart employee in electronics, my main job was selling all kinds of video games. I especially remember one instance when a mother and son came up to my counter and wished to purchase GTA San Andreas. Doing my job, I told the mother the content of what was in the game. She blatently said "So oh yeah I know what it is". And this happend time and time again with parents and M rated games. Sorry MR Jack Thompson, your efforts are being pointed in the wrong direction. Aim them at the parents and retailers, not the PRODUCERS!!

and (TENDERBENDER), your really setting a good example for your so called (CHRISTIAN CHILDREN) aren't ya by even being on this site. So what, are you going to be killing people and running them over on GTA 4 while your kids are at church? I mean really come on.

[ post edited 04-21-2008 02:54 PM by Josh1988 ]
04-21-2008 02:46 PM
tenderbender
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Josh,

Learn sarcasm k.
04-21-2008 03:32 PM
Josh1988
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tenderbender, you make no sense.
04-21-2008 10:08 PM
 

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