From the obscure annals
of May 2008 comes the testimony of BBFC head David Cooke, who confirmed that the now irrelevant
UK ratings board had investigated the authenticity of "instructional information about how to make the drug crystal meth" in Grand Theft Auto IV
. The incident was brought to light today in a Times Online
article examining PEGI's
recent appointment as the sole UK video games classification authority and allegations that the organization might not be as thorough as the BBFC had been in its review process; for example: testing out GTA IV's
so-called meth recipe.
We're not certain just how far the BBFC went in its drug trial, but "independent advice" was sought in order to deem that "crucial ingredients and techniques were missing" from the scrutinized game content. What does this mean for the rest of us? Well, one, if you're in the planning stages of a homebrewed meth lab, you should probably look beyond GTA IV's
suggestions. And, two, if you've already got your lab up and running, you may want to contact your legal team and tell them that the "GTA made me do it
" defense isn't going to work this time. That is, only if the coppers catch you before
you blow yourself up.