NEWS - Thursday, January 31, 2008

Rockstar Braces for GTA IV Backlash

The GTA series has seen several often controversial entries, but Rockstar Games VP Dan Houser thinks critics of the games industry still haven’t gotten over the crime-centric premise of the franchise.

"I expect it because we’ve had so much of it in the past," said Houser following a recent press demo. "I wish people would treat videogames the same as other media. They seem to not want to do that for reasons that I don’t understand. It’s a convenient enemy for people."

Adult-targeted games continue to be the focus of legislators, pundits, pop psychologists and other critics. Most recently, BioWare’s Mass Effect was targeted on Fox News for its PG-13 alien love scene.

GTA IV could draw even more attention than previous iterations of the series (well, maybe not more than GTA: San Andreas and the Hot Coffee fiasco) because Rockstar opted to make the game less cartoony and more realistic.

"If the graphics are slightly cartoony, we make sure the writing is slightly cartoony to match that," said Houser. "Obviously, the graphics have gone closer to realism, so we wanted everything else to be closer to realism as well."

It’s not difficult to imagine that there will be backlash towards the next game in the multi-million-dollar GTA franchise, but the degree of that backlash is still totally up in the air.


Site Statistics

Registered Members: 44,510
Forum Posts: 725,766
Xbox One Titles: 1,177
Xbox 360 Titles: 1,085
Xbox 360 Kinect Titles: 95
Xbox 360 Arcade Titles: 585
Original Xbox Titles: 987
Staff Reviews: 1,675
Member Reviews: 10,339
News Articles: 14,302
Screenshots: 30,998
Xbox 360 Achievements: 45,112
Xbox 360 Faceplates: 2,016
Cheat Codes: 1,706

Latest News

See News Archives

Community Forum Activity

Xbox One X World of tanks
Post by oryanphine
2 Replies, 233 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada - March 2018 Schedule
Post by Kiesey
6 Replies, 378 Views

Any info on Biomutant release?
Post by DJ tx
4 Replies, 432 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada - February Playdates Schedule
Post by Kiesey
8 Replies, 661 Views

Xbox Prototype Communicator
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 758 Views

Xbox One S Dragon Ball Fighterz
Post by oryanphine
0 Replies, 625 Views

Xbox One S Theme Hockey
Post by oryanphine
0 Replies, 481 Views

New Fable is coming!
Post by Shadow20002
2 Replies, 741 Views

RPG Recommendation?
Post by DJ tx
8 Replies, 777 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada - January 2018 Schedule
Post by Kiesey
5 Replies, 894 Views

Xbox 360 Summer Intern Celebration 2011
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 1012 Views

Xbox One X LA noire
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 1506 Views

Xbox One Assassins Creed Origins
Post by oryanphine
2 Replies, 1286 Views

Xbox One S Porsche 919 Hybrid Edition
Post by oryanphine
4 Replies, 1618 Views

OG Xbox on Xbox One now live!
Post by Kamshaft
5 Replies, 1792 Views

© 2000-2018 - All rights reserved. All trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft. is not affiliated with Microsoft.

Made in Canada
Site Design by Cameron Graphics