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Child Abuse On GTA IV's Inter-Webs?

Yodapollo
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Posted June 17, 2008 - By Yodapollo

Well, Metal Gear Solid 4 hasn't been out a full week and GTA IV is already back in the news. According to The Telegraph, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is up in arms over a parody website within Liberty City's virtual virtual world that, they claim, "glamorizes" child pornography.

Go into any TW@ in Liberty City, direct your browser to www.littlelacysurprisepageant.com and you'll be greeted with a large logo for the LCPD, accompanied by the following message: "This website for child beauty pageants has been shut down. Your IP address has been catalogued and an investigator will be contacting you soon." Sure, you can log off the computer, but it's too late. You now have a 5-star wanted level.

The NSPCC claims that the spoof website trivializes child pornography and may even help in making it more acceptable. Proponents of the game have made the point that the game actually discourages child pornography and the website is only part of a large satire on the online community that exists in the game.

For the record, here's a list of some other taboo things that will get you auto-wanted levels in Liberty City:

  • Trespassing at the United Nations building
  • Trespassing on the Airport Runway
  • Traveling to boroughs of Liberty City that have been closed off due to "Suspected Terrorist Activity"
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