A new potential wave of video game corruption has parents from everywhere to nowhere petitioning against the release of Grand Theft Auto V. The GTA series is notorious for it’s violent depictions of gangland activities and sexually explicit material, the likes of which most people haven not seen since they last turned on their television. However, with their fifth installment developer Rockstar Games is taking their game to a whole new level of perversion – allowing the player to invest in the stock market and real estate.
“This level of immersion into the seedy world of stocks and real estate could have real-world effects on the player consuming it”, says Bernadette Blasphmere, head of the Association of Strict Saintly Parents for Acceptable Telecast Standards (ASSPATS). “These games are just too realistic for kids to realize it is just fantasy – I mean just look at those graphics, they look incredible! Do you really want your children to play a realistic-looking character who makes high-risk derivative trades all day before going home at night to a bag of cocaine and some coworker’s wife all while climbing the corporate ladder, doing whatever it takes to rise to the top of their hedge fund? Not a chance, my son is too young to follow in his fathers footsteps.”
While members of the ASSPATS grope for a reason to have the game pulled before it’s even shelved, GTA V is still slated for a fall release on consoles.