BBC Radio 1 recently interviewed Lazlow Jones, one of the developers of Red Dead Redemption and the voice of DJ Lazlow in the Grand Theft Auto series. They asked him how he feels about accusations that games like theirs cause violence in children. A question that shouldn’t even be asked because it’s so frikkin stupid, and he explained the stupidity of it succinctly:
I want to tattoo that on the inside of the eyelids of any newscaster who reports the manufactured controversy that game manufacturers are somehow beholden to only produce games for children. Oh, Becky and Jason didn’t realize there might be violence in a game called Grand Theft Auto so they let little Madosyn and Dakota play the game and the little angels saw adult-themed things, like cars getting stolen? Cry me a river, you stupid, sh*tty parents.
I liked this quote from the interview also:
If you tell a gritty crime drama with violence and profanity and call it The Sopranos you’re handed a load of awards to put up on the shelf. You do the same and call it a video game and you’ll have certain organizations up in arms.
I don’t have a joke for this or anything. I just like this dude. He can steal imaginary cars with me anytime.