GamePolitics has a roundup
of the Portland, Oregon public transportation system removing GTA: Vice City Stories
advertisements. They've also linked
to The Oregonian's
columnist Jerry Boone's editorial about how GTA
might cause a small percentage of gamers to go on "stealing, killing and raping binges." At the end Boone says the transit system lost $71,250 removing the ads, but the value of a cop's life is "priceless." Boone is right, a small percentage of gamers might kill cops, because it never happens the other way around
. Wonder how much the life of a dead unarmed kid and his bullet filled dog are worth?
On the other coast, the head of Boston's public transportation system told the politicians to go take a long walk off a short Boston pier. The GTA ads are staying
up. The outrage in Boston was pretty faux
and created by the local tabloid paper The Boston Herald
. Maybe The Oregonian
made the whole crisis up to sell papers like The Boston Herald
did. Sadly, the Portland public transportation directors have no spines and blew over like a house of cards to "media issue of the week" pressure.
Meanwhile, in England ... GTA: Vice City Stories is advertised
on a double-decker bus.