The so often excellent Game Politics makes a rather astute point in light of New York governor, Eliot Spitzer’s recent resignation. The disgraced politician made a swift exit after being rumbled by the FBI as part of a prostitution ring. This would be the same politician, as GP points out, that said this in 2006:
“Like all parents, I know it is increasingly difficult to protect our children from negative influences… we have learned that when self-regulation fails, government must step in… we must do more to protect our children from excessive sex and violence in the media… Media content has gotten more graphic, more violent and more sex-based… Currently, nothing under New York State law prohibits a fourteen-year old from walking into a video store and buying… a game like ‘Grand Theft Auto,’ which rewards a player for stealing cars and beating people up. Children can even simulate having sex with a prostitute…”
We don’t want to get bogged down in the more salacious side of the story, like pointing out how the ladies he would spend a quiet night with were warned,
“[Spitzer] would ask you to do things, that, like you might not think were safe. You know – I mean that – very basic things…”
That would just be inappropriate for a gaming site. But how very awkward for the guy who fought so vociferously against the GTA games, right when he was trying to get elected. Well, there we go. We’ll soon be launching our campaign to have politics banned, as it seems to directly cause increased immoral behaviour.