Rockstar founder and head honcho Dan Houser has offered his perspective on video game controversy, as well as (very) briefly touching on the next Grand Theft Auto game.
“We’ll think of a city first,” said Houser on the follow up to GTA IV, “then the characters.”
Houser’s recent interview with the Times didn’t really delve too deeply into sequels, but Houser had plenty to say on the idea that violent games make for violent people.
“It feels at last like we’re moving on from that debate. The audience is getting past 30 so it all becomes a bit silly. That’s not to say that all games are for all people; we’ve never said that. GTA has always been rated 18 and we’ve always been very happy with that.”
“Nevertheless, we do get frustrated when video games are singled out and movies are given a free pass. Manhunt 2 was banned in the same week that Saw was released. The arguments become quite ludicrous quite quickly when people argue that games are somehow more dangerous than full-motion video.”
Houser’s comments are in line with Quantic Dream’s Guillaume de Fondaumiere’ s comments about Modern warfare 2, but with that game coming under fire from both the media and politicians in the US and UK respectively, it’s difficult to agree with Houser’s position that the debate is moving on.
Source: via MCV