A video game series about the criminal underworld, which focuses on murder and is named after an automobile crime, is the last place I'd expect to see more cultural sensitivity yet here we are.
"Developers are also being cautious not to 'punch down' by making jokes about marginalized groups, the people said, in contrast to previous games."
"This was one of several politically sensitive actions Rockstar, a division of Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., has taken in recent years. The company removed transphobic jokes from the most recent console release of Grand Theft Auto V"
Yea... The reason I won't let me kids play Grand Theft Auto isn't because murder is bad, it's because I don't want them exposed to jokes about transgender people!
But it gets better (worse?)
"In the summer of 2020, after a police officer killed George Floyd, Rockstar Games quietly shelved a mode of play it had planned to release for its Grand Theft Auto Online game.
Called Cops ‘n’ Crooks, the mode was a twist on the children’s game where players organize into teams of good guys and bad guys, but seemed especially tone-deaf during the global reckoning over police violence."
LOL! Cops and robbers is bad now. How dare we show cops killing people! But we'll keep in the criminals killing cops and citizens.
Rockstar Games Cleaned Up Its Frat-Boy Culture — and Grand Theft Auto, Too
WTF? x 1
Last edited: Jul 30, 2022