Rumored GTAIV Rape Scene Concerns Connecticut Senator
It must be immensely difficult to pass any sort of legislation based on a myth. I mean, it should be immensely difficult to do, but based on the sheer ignorance of politicians when it comes to the gaming industry (we're not necessarily blaming them, though), weird things tend to happen.
As reported by GamePolitics, Connecticut State Senator Gayle Slossberg wants to do something about the offensive rape scene in Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV. This is what she told the New Haven Advocate, but there's one teensy tiny problem with the statement. We'll get to that in just a second; in the meantime, here's a snippet from the article in question:
"[Sen. Slossberg] wants confirmation of the rumored rape scene in Grand Theft Auto IVbut she can't reach that level of the game. The Milford state senator's never played GTA, but she fears it's corrupting the youth and thinks a law requiring better warning labels might be the fix. She told the Nose as much at a Capitol press conference last week...Slossberg hints she'll... introduce legislation next session calling for clearer labeling of depraved video games like Grand Theft Auto...
Now, you may notice the word "rumored" in that passage, and that's simply because nobody has been able to confirm that any such scene exists in GTAIV. But we will enlighten her, and any other antsy politicians out there, right now: there is no rape scene. We've played the game through to completion, and we saw nothing that could even be remotely construed as rape. A woman is once bound and gagged and tossed in a car trunk, but that's about it. It was a kidnapping, folks.
Bottom line? There isn't a single solitary piece of content in GTAIV that we haven't already seen in most "R"-rated movies ever made, and in fact, there's nothing that can even touch some of the more severe "R" films. Are we all squared away, now...I hope?
Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto IV
6/25/2008 Ben Dutka