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Grand Theft Auto IV is once again at the centre of controversy. But this time people aren’t complaining that the game’s too violent, because they’re more concerned about the discovery of a so-called paedophile website.

In the game, an internet café allows the player to access a child pageant website called littlelacysurprisepageant.com. But, rather than showing anything untoward, the site’s actually a front for GTA IV’s police force and displays the warning: “We see it all, we know it all”.

However, clicking on the game’s spoof website is still a thrill because it automatically raises the player’s wanted level to five stars.

Several gamers have already voiced their concerns in a report in The Sun, with one gamer stating that the website crosses the line.

Jason Deschoolmeester, 23, of South Wales, said the website “could lead people to indulge in things like that. It is totally sick. I won’t play it [GTA IV] again”.

Child-protection body the NSPCC has even expressed its distaste for the spoof website. Zoe Hilton, the NSPPC's policy coordinator for child protection, said it’s “disturbing that it is meant to be funny and that it is glamorising something that is really shocking and upsetting”.

This latest attack on GTA IV adds to existing criticism of this year’s must-have videogame, which has already sold about 4.2m copies in the US alone.

In a Croydon Gamestation store, one gamer stabbed another man in the head and neck as they both queued to buy copies of the game on the day of its release. Anti-GTA IV campaigners quickly jumped on the stabbing incident as proof that such games are too violent for society
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post #2 of 96
Lol...

People are trying to find excuses to shun the game.
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so theres a kiddie porn make belive site on the game? thats what i got. its gta what more do you want still a good game none the less
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post #4 of 96
They always just beg for this kind of attention huh. This is what Rockstar thrives for.
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Do the media realise that all this BS gives GTA4 more attention? This is basically free advertising for rockstar (but tbh they dont really need any advertising for this game anyway...)
    
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post #6 of 96
OMG something like that isn't going to make everyone a paedophile!!

People are trying to find more and more ways to give games a bad name.
Because apparently guns in games cause people to kill each other!!
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Hey.. anything take make's taketwo's stock bigger and further out of reach of EA.... well then im all for it..
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I haven't seen what the spoof site looks like. I didn't even know it existed till I read this, but I have to ask why every time Rockstar introduces a crime in GTA, all of these groups focus on the act and not the repercussions. First these groups say that video games cause kids to do things because there isn't punishment for their acts and the games aren't realistic so kids cant tell the difference. Now they say it promotes criminal acts because of how realistic it is being able to shoot and beat people. Yes you can do all of this but Rockstar makes sure to put repercussions. You just CLICK on this fake site and your wanted level goes up to five stars. If it can teach people to be violent then this should teach people that kiddie pron is bad. Hell when I did get the chance to play the game, I got the main character drunk, you know what happened the SECOND I made him get in a car like that? Cops pulled up. What happened when I resisted arrest? They beat me down. I knew before playing a GAME that that is what would happen, but I suppose if you are irresponsible and let your CHILD play this game and they didn't know any better, that would be a pretty powerful teaching tool. You cant have it one way people. It either teaches both right and wrong or neither. These games are a damn satire. Get it through your heads that it is just a game. If you don't like the subject matter then don't play it. If you don't like a news article in todays paper, you probably wont read it. The greatest threat to humanity is the ignorance of the few with power.
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!?

Such thing existed in this game? That's a little bit too far their Rockstar...
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Jason Deschoolmeester, 23, of South Wales is an idiot. Drunk driving, prostitution, drugs, murder, theft, it's fine. But child porn (ok it's not fine) but it's no better/worse than the rest of the game. It's just a game. Why not go bug Hollywood for all the violence?
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