Grand Theft Auto has always been a franchise that likes to bathe in controversy, shower off in a heated debate and deodorize in wild accusations. Whether deliberately amoral game or the amazingly unsexy debacle "Hot Coffee" GTA has proved time and again that there is no such thing as bad publicity.
Players in both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are eagerly awaiting the latest installment in the GTA later series this year, and when the real sequel to GTA III, GTA launches IV surprisingly named (there have been many benefits from GTA III, such as Liberty City Stories, etc.). The web was alive with downloaders recently when RockStar finally allowed gamers their first peak at the game in the form of a trailer.
A few hours later, however, that the images dissected players, politicians jumped to criticize. The fictional setting, Liberty City, which resembles New York. "Setting Grand Theft Auto in the safest large city in America would be like setting Halo in Disneyland," said City Councilman Peter Vallone, chairman of the Committee of Public Security of the board of the New York Daily News. Curiously, however, New York City does not seem to have a problem with movie companies setting their violent and action thrillers in the city, with roads closed for the Die Hard film 3, for example. Had RockStar turned with millions of dollars to shoot the city for textures for games, there would have been much praise for the realism the game offered?
All these criticisms, of course, ignore the whole "it's fiction" nature of the game that leads to the question of whether future novelists, filmmakers, animators, artists and games companies will be asked not to show city with any violence in it. Because fiction should reflect reality apparently, somewhat destroying the point of fiction.
As for the trailer itself, there is a hint of violence. It is undeniable that the game features a fictionalized version of New York. As the GTA IV preview in P3Zine, PlayStation Magazine 3 free shows, but already game commentators are theorizing that GTA IV will feature more realism and less violence without consequences, as RockStar has supposedly talked to the former Police on how much harder organized crime is out these days.
It is unlikely that sales of damages. Even in New York.