"I strongly believe the release of Grand Theft Auto IV is a step forward for the video game medium. Not because of its record breaking development cost or its near flawless critical accolades, but because they are talking about it as well.
You know who they are. Your dad, your neighbour, the mainstream media anchors of the evening -- they're talking about GTAIV along with us. Not all of it is kind or correct, but they are acknowledging its presence in the entertainment world. Why is this more important than say... Halo 3's launch? Because of the fact that not all coverage for GTAIV has been about the evils of this so called "murder simulator". Shooting aliens is one thing, but people? This is the fourth numeric installment from a franchise rife with controversy -- the material is there for the media to rip into, but they don't.
Are people becoming more understanding? I mean, they are talking about the possibility of GTAIV rivaling summer blockbusters and breaking sales records. Or is it a sign of our beloved medium maturing?"