Grand Theft Auto branded ‘worst game of year’

A Violent video game made in Edinburgh has been condemned as the worst game of the year by media watchdogs in Canada.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, designed by Edinburgh company Rockstar North, has become a worldwide hit since it was released in October.

But Canada’s National Institute for the Media and the Family has rated the video game the worst game of the year in its annual report. The 18-rated game was condemned for the violent gameplay, which encourages players to perform drive-by shootings, car-jack vehicles, kill prostitutes, and gun down police officers.

The game sold more than a million copies during its first few days of release, making it the fastest selling game of all time.

This is not the first time Rockstar North have run into trouble in Canada however.

Their last release, Manhunt was the first video game to receive a restricted rating there.

Film Review Board chairman Bill Moody said the game’s “frequent coarse language”, “sexual references” and “visually explicit” portrayals of violence had caused them concern.

News source: Scotsman News


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