What kill-crazy, racist Americans do for fun
Posted 02 January 2004 - 02:06 AM
Legal action seeks a ban on best-selling US computer adventure which encourages players to go on a deadly spree of drug-related mayhem
Gary Younge in New York
Friday January 2, 2004
A US federal court is about to decide whether a popular video game in which the players can kick a prostitute to death and get extra points for killing Haitians should be removed from the shelves.
Haitian civil rights groups brought the case to get the game, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, taken out of circulation because it instructs players to "Kill the Haitians".
Rockstar Games, the New York company which has sold 11m copies of the award-winning video, in which an ex-convict is hired to recover stolen drug money in Miami, agreed to remove the line from future versions. Unimpressed, the Haitians took the makers to the state circuit court last week. On Tuesday, it was agreed to move the case to the federal court.
The game concerns a cocaine dealer, Tommy Vercetti, who loses money in a drug deal and has to get his drugs and his money back, but "the biker gangs, Cuban gangsters, and corrupt politicians stand in his way". Vercetti embarks on in a journey which involves stealing cars, and committing endless violent and murderous crimes.
"You're gonna find out who took our cocaine, and we're going to kill them," his boss says at the outset.
Among the many options in the game, a player can shoot people, beat them with baseball bats, carve them with a machete or run them over with stolen cars.
They may pick up a prostitute, have sex with her in the back of a stolen car, and then beat her to death. They can kill a policeman, steal his gun, and then shoot someone else with it. And of course, they can go after Haitians.
After the Haitian groups complained, the company released a statement saying: "We are aware of the hurt and anger in the Haitian community and have listened to the community's objections to statements made in the game.
"We trust that our actions and our formal apologies can help to mend our relationship with the Haitian community. Accordingly, we will remove the objectionable statements from future copies."
But Haitian advocacy groups say this does not go nearly far enough to stop demonstrations outside outlets selling the game across the country.
Fred Fabien, a spokesman for the Haitian Centres Council in Brooklyn, said: "We are demanding a total recall of the game, and we are holding a demonstration to show our outrage and to protest against the violence and racism in the game.
"It's an insult to us that they are not recalling the game. It's not [sufficient] to just revise the future production of the game."
Religious groups and the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, have also complained. Criticism has come Haiti itself.
"American society is racist, even though there are anti-racist laws," Lesly Voltaire, minister for Haitians living abroad, told the Miami Herald. "It's based on a formerly slave-owning society, which has left its mark, and there are people who think they can make money on that racism."
Daphne White, executive director of The Lion & Lamb Project, a organisation in Maryland dedicated to stopping "the marketing of violence to children", says the offer to Haitians only touches on the broader problem.
"You can still beat up anyone, a black person, a white person, a prostitute," she told the Boston Globe. "It's a drop in the bucket for that game."
Posted 02 January 2004 - 02:28 AM
the voodoo hatian crime lord, who is an overweight black hatian female, is surely one of the finer aspects of the game. you kill cubans as well, i don't see them complaining. it is just good clean fun.
Posted 02 January 2004 - 02:48 AM
Thats quite profound. Considering everyone does it, but Americans do it and then deny it.
IE they did it in the Philippines and I bet they did it to the Indians. It was so common in Vietnam that no one even considers it as unamerican to beat up defenseless people. In fact it is more sporting to beat them up all tied up and injured and dead men tell no tales.
Posted 02 January 2004 - 03:16 AM
The popularity of this game is not a strictly American phenomenom. It was the #1 selling video game in many countries in 2002 and the fastest selling video game in history in Japan and the UK.>>>
The world is comming to an end:D
Posted 02 January 2004 - 03:29 AM
Mass Arrests In Iraq:
U.S. commanders have said they had planned operations over the Christmas period in commemoration of Kissinger's Christmas bombings of Hanoi. "Its a tradition for us Americans to kill colored people during the Christmas holidays stretching back, oh, to the Seminoles. No. Earlier," said Gen. Abizaid, Commander, US Central Command.
Asked about the repeated explosions south of the city center, a military spokeswoman, Flotilla Device, said on condition of anonymity that operations, including "indiscriminate aerial and artillery bombardment," were underway.
An aid to Pope John the XXIII said the bombardment could be heard in Rome and provided appropriate christian FX for the Vatican's annual midnight Mass.
A U.S. task force in Baquba, 30 miles northwest of Baghdad, arrested five thousand Iraqis on Tuesday, including one suspected of recruiting gorillas, said Maj. Josselyn Milton Aberle of the 4th Infantry Division. "We had to use plastic soda collars to cuff 'em all," added Aberle. "I've never drank so much Mountain Dew in all my life. I'll piss for a week."
Two other military sources said the other four thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine detainees were believed to be associates of Izzat Ibrahim, a sheep herder and a remaining figure from the U.S. list of 55 most wanted Iraqis. U.S. commanders say, the way that sheep have been deployed blocking roads and airstrips, Ibrahim could be organizing livestock into an anti-American resistance. There has been an increase in gorilla activity in the area and Thirteen fugitives from the list remain at large six of whom are gorillas said to be trained at Izzat's Gorilla farm and Sheep Dip Emporium.
In an earlier raid in Baquba, U.S. troops detained a former Iraqi army colonel suspected of recruiting Iraqi citizens to drive out the invading forces. Aberle said the colonel was believed to be connected to a local businessman, Neil Bush, who is helping to finance the insurgency. When queried about this, President de Jour George Bush said that, as far as he knew, the man being held by U.S. authorities in Baghdad is no relation "though he sounds like a perfectly nice guy.".
The Washington Post's piece on Neil Bush, 'The Relatively Charmed Life of Neil Bush (Sun. Dec. 28), managed to transform Neil's history of influence peddling into a story about a family black sheep. In defense of the article, its author Peter Carlson said, "The Post has a policy of protecting the kleptocracy especially at such a vulnerable time." Carlson refused to comment on what he meant by "a vulnerable time." I guess he means that the lizards are laying their eggs on the beach, the snakes are molting yet fly larva can only dream over our dead bodies.
The officer arrested "had a hit sitcom in the 80's, but reversals had reduced him to a shock jock in the Damrid area", the major ad libbed.
Another task force in the area arrested two Iraqis discovered digging a latrine, Aberle said. "If we can keep them from taking a commodious dump, we can wait til constipation slows them down and they're easier to round up. Same for insurgent livestock. We have heavily armed personnel from U.S. Fish and Wild Life driving a cork up the *** of every goat in the country."
Near Fallujah, west of Baghdad, troops rounded up "26,000 enemy personnel including two former Iraqi General Foods executives and an Iraqi Special K colonel," a military statement said.
Recent mass arrests in several hundred towns are the result, in part, of information gleaned from the Baghdad phone book, according to the U.S. military. "Boy, is this shit goin' ta look good back home," crowed Gen. Abizaid.
The military also has been getting disinformation from more Iraqis since Hussein's capture, Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday. Myers said that with Hussein out of the picture, "people are more willing to come forward because they can't give his whereabouts away by accident. For our part. What the **** do we care if we round up innocent people. Its 'see/say journalism'. The American TV viewer 'sees' what we 'say' he's seein'. It's called freedom of the press," Myers lectured this reporter. "We're free to make up any damned thing we want."
"It probably tells you the role that fear plays in people's minds," the general said at a Pentagon news conference. "Barely a whimper from the American public."
In the northern city of Mosul Monday night, gunmen in the pay of the anti-Chalabi CIA fatally shot a judge, Youssef Murad, in his car. The assailants escaped through an underground tunnel at the U.S embassy which exits on the grounds of Bethesda Naval Hospital outside Washington, a true engineering marvel that's often referred to as the 8th Wonder of the Underworld.
Also in Mosul, patriots on Tuesday fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a convoy of four U.S. Humvees escorting a cash delivery to a Citibank jet prepped for a non-stop flight to the Cayman islands. One soldier was wounded when a pallet of crisp hundreds stamped Reichard Chainey, Acct.#4507862959956B, rolled over on him, according to a U.S. soldier at the scene who declined to give his name and has not been heard from since the incident.
Posted 02 January 2004 - 04:15 AM
You are a fanatic Islamic cleric brainwashing neighborhood boys to blow up roadside bombs to kill Americans. And Iraqi collaborators.
Or this: You are a neighborhood drug dealer in Chicago and you get sick and tired of the white police chief. You go on a toot, your mind snaps, and you order all your fellow gang members to drive through the white neighborhoods shooting anything that moves.
Violence is really phucking retarded.
Posted 02 January 2004 - 05:03 AM
That would be my second choice but the number of kill options is rather limited. I would think most people would get bored blowing up fat americans quite fast.
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