Monday, August 11th, 2008
AUG 11
Dilettante named after video game violence researcher

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 09:13 PM MDT | By rappo
Although this article has been published for about a month now, it doesn't seem to have made the rounds in the GTA community yet. It's been in the back of most of our minds, but we never cared to search - what the heck is a Karin Dilettante? Our sleepless nights are over, thanks to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Karin Dilettante, Liberty City's favorite hybrid, takes its name from Karen Dill, an "associate professor of psychology at Lenoir-Rhyne College" who spent the latter part of the 1990's researching video games and their link to aggression and violence.
Ms. Dill says she couldn't believe that Rockstar Games, the maker of Grand Theft Auto, had taken the trouble to name a car for her: "I was kind of like, whoa, they actually do care about video game research." ...

She was just relieved she wasn't a prostitute.

Rockstar Games hasn't commented on the connection, but it seems like too much of a coincidence to not be one of Rockstar's sly tricks and jabs at its critics.
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She's just relieved she wasn't a prostitute...
08-11-2008 10:00 PM
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LOL took the words right outta my mouth^^
08-12-2008 12:17 AM
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Thirded. Got a good chuckle myself.
08-12-2008 12:39 AM
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dilletante is a wierd name, but a good title for a auto
08-12-2008 04:20 AM
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Would be interesting to find out all the other stuff in GTAIV that has a similar critic bashing theme.
08-12-2008 04:59 AM
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"She was just relieved she wasn't a prostitute."

Quote of the month, lmao.
08-12-2008 05:25 AM
Thomas B.
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Hey, the lawyer you have to kill is like Jack Thompson.
08-12-2008 10:18 AM
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ya "guns don't kill people, video games do" I think hes been angry about that since the demo for the press
08-12-2008 01:14 PM
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I also just found out that "Alex Chilton" is the name of a song by The Replacements (Alex Chilton is one of the available girlfriends in the game). There's most likely some sort of connection there :P
08-12-2008 01:57 PM
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'Dilettante' is actually a word of course and that's always what I'd thought it was named from, but the Karin part does seem likely that it's intentional.

Also, re Alex Chilton, yeah when I saw that in the Rock Band 2 soundtrack list I thought the GTA character must have been named from that.
08-12-2008 08:53 PM

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