GTA 4 Advertisiments Taken Down

Rockstar Games is going all-out to promote Grand Theft Auto IV, which launches in just over one week. As part of the campaign, advertisements had been placed on the side of many buses in Chicago, much to the dismay of many people.

The main complaint came from the local Fox News Affiliate. Apparently, people are upset that the game is being advertised when it promotes the same kind of shootings which have been frequently taking the lives of Chicago residents.

The Chicago Transit Authority swiftly changed its mind about the ads, which will no longer be displayed on the bus network.


Grand Theft Auto is no stranger to controversy; typically, however, the controversy doesn't start up until the game is on store shelves. That being said, it seems that GTA IV is breaking new ground in more ways than one.

In a recent news broadcast, the evangelists of Anti-Everything-Gaming -- otherwise known as "Fox News" -- somehow managed to tie the recent surge in Chicago violence to the newly launched outdoor Grand Theft Auto IV campaign taking place in (of course) Chicago. Although the reference wasn't as blatant as "GRAND THEFT AUTO IS KILLING CHICAGO, ZOMG", the suggestion was relatively obvious.

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Jayson 3603863d ago

I've already pre-ordered my copy of GTA4(Playstation 3 version of course),so taking the Ads down won't change this.

Breakfast3863d ago

A new account again?...i guess you can keep disagreeing with me...

A what point does it stop being funny?

Jayson 3603863d ago

wow those eggs in your avatar look delicious

On-topic:I don't think removing this ads will hurt the sales,especially in Europe where the Ps3 version is doing extremely well

LSDARBY3863d ago

lol, get a grip people. God its as if some people think video games are the work of the devil or something lol.

therealwillie3863d ago (Edited 3863d ago )

punch that reporter, i would but if i did they'd blame it on gta and that would just really confuse the issue

muhameds3862d ago

Yeah don't do that, that would just prove his point, they are just waiting for this.

Hydrolex3863d ago

Selling guns are ok but a videogame that is rated for M is not OK ?

Killing people in Iraq and stealing their oil is ok, but a game that is rated M and parents have the choice to buy or not is not ok ?

DrakeMan3862d ago

Yeah violent videogames is world biggest evil, lol. They really need to luck at themselves not at games, who make their children do crazy things. How about don't sell guns like hotcakes?

muhameds3862d ago

See what you like to see, not real problems.

TUFFnNYC3863d ago

The ignorance of America at work. Any money bet that reporter has a secret that can make people frown at his a$$. No one is perfect. Its rated M for a reason. Also, i would like to point out that this is not the first time a reporter does this. And apparently it never works. So lets see...stop reporting useless crap. So yea hows everyone doin?

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