The popular video game Grand Theft Auto is set to release its fourth version amidst a storm of criticism regarding the game’s violent images and their potential impact on children. Activist group the Parents Television Council (PTA) is currently running a campaign against the game, and the Chicago Transit Authority has agreed to remove its advertising from buses.
Grand Theft Auto depicts the nefarious activities of criminals in various large cities, where the goals of the game involve drug deals, stealing cars, and some sexual content. A recent study found that games with strong violence put children at risk for aggressive behavior and criminal activity.
Rockstar Games, the makers of the Grand Theft Auto series, did not comment on the controversy.