Rockstar edits out “transphobic” content from GTA V remasters

"In recent years, the press and LGBTQ+ groups have been putting pressure on Rockstar Games to remove or change content they see as "transphobic" in Grand Theft Auto V. Now, players have noted a few such changes to transgender representation in the "expanded and enhanced" upgrades to the game recently released for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S." Arstechnica says.

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SenorFartCushion339d ago

Well it’s the sign of the change. It usually starts with big companies changing the way they approach language.

Racist language isn’t freely allowed either. You were probably not born when that happened though, or else you’d be angry regarding racism as well as transphobia.

frostypants339d ago (Edited 339d ago )

Gently parodying or satirizing a thing is not "phobic".

bloop339d ago

I agree FartCushion. They should have no NPC's in GTA VI whatsoever and have a city completely void of all life. Don't want to go offending anyone now, do we?!?

You have to ask the question, where does this end? What happens when almost everyone has to be excluded because it's offensive due to their race, sex, religion, sexual orientation etc?? I'm Irish, born and bred, and every Irish character in almost all media is portrayed as a stereotypical good for nothing, aggressive alcoholic. This couldn't be any further from the truth, but I have absolutely no problem with it.

M3talDiamond339d ago

@bloop Im Irish also I think we are the only people left in the world who have a sense of humor and don't get offended easily. And you are right the way the most of the media portrays Irish people is BS but we don't complain.

zeuanimals339d ago (Edited 339d ago )


Satire: the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

Satire is used to punch at power and actual problems in society. Trans people have the least actual power within society and them existing isn't a problem. The fact people with actual power are uncomfortable with people being who they are on the inside and are using every legal action they can to put a stop to it is an actual problem. These ideals get reinforced with objectively shitty humor that only goes surface deep and doesn't delve into anything that hasn't already been said a billion times before, allowing people with power to continually be able to push these things, all to distract people with transphobic tendencies from actual issues. What did Fox News talk about while there was a huge infrastructure bill that could help shape the nation for the future? Potatoheads. It's all distraction and y'all are falling for it.

It's like finding out someone's gonna expose you of some horrible shit you did and so you divert everyone's attention by pointing and laughing at the kid in the wheelchair, and people just fall for it. It's modern black face, something people still cry about not being allowed to do anymore. Go back and watch black face films and tell me they're any funny. They have literally one gimmick and it doesn't hold up whatsoever, unless you're into that kind of thing.

Humor about black people has gotten immensely better since moving past such surface level ideas and I'd say we're all the better for it. But I guess if you have a child's brain, anything beyond black face would probably go over your head. Imagine what humor about trans people will be like when we actually understand them, accept them and find new and unique things to joke about.

Solitariussaint338d ago

"Political correctness is fascism disguised as polite manners."

-George Carlin

Markusb33338d ago

No they make games that ridicule everyone everyone everything. So now they are protecting one group, why? This is why comedy is dead,its ment to be edgy not the establishment and jokes in games and in entertainment should not be taken seriously. We are living in a beta weak minded world. You don't like something dont buy or support it

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zeuanimals338d ago


Also Carlin: “Comedy has traditionally picked on people in power, people who abuse their power,” he says. “Women and gays and immigrants, to my way of thinking, are underdogs.”

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Reminds me of Chappelle claiming it's all white people trying to create reasons to be offended and turn the tables on him, so they become trans to have that on him, completely disregarding black trans folk who get it literally the worst out of anybody. Cops have literally laughed off their interactions with trans people who call about being assaulted and they simply don't investigate the cases. That's what happens when you treat the person themself like a joke, something that gets reinforced with these shitty jokes where the only joke is "the existence of said people". The assaults happen for a lot of the same reason. If them existing is a joke, then punching them in the face is probably even more funny to people.

AKS338d ago

"Satire is used to punch at power..." Satire is a form of humor. It is not relegated to only be used to push social justice bullshit.

PeaSFor338d ago

Yeah Rockstar, stay on the path of catering to the vile woke groups and just wait, you will still offend them somehow.
Expect gta6 to be a boring safe space.

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zeuanimals337d ago (Edited 337d ago )

@AKS: I posted the literal definition of satire... Don't tell me what you think it is. I even posted what George Carlin thought comedy should be used for, which gives fuller context to an out of context, irreverent sounding quote that everybody loved. But they didn't like it when I proved that George Carlin went against their narrative. He's spinning in his grave knowing so many people literally just use a few select quotes to try to prove a point he spent his whole career speaking out against.

AKS336d ago

Not much of a point in replying when my comments are being falsely reported as spam so they can't be seen. I was going to mention that activists of this loathsome ilk are extremely authoritarian, but they already demonstrated that quite clearly the first chance they got.

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SullysCigar339d ago (Edited 339d ago )

2022: Videogames are great, you can do whatever you like! You can shoot that taxi driver in the face, sleep with that hooker, beat that shop clerk with a bat... But you must NEVER utter words that might potentially upset that dude in a dress.

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Charlieboy333338d ago

Don't be so sure you will be able to sleep with that hooker....or even go to a strip club or something like that in the next GTA. They probably wouldn't want such 'toxic male' activities in their next game either.

yeahokwhatever338d ago

the next gta you're just an amazon warehouse worker. thats it. thats the game.

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jambola339d ago

"how would you like to buy our game a third time, but censored?" :D
how could anyone refuse!

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XiNatsuDragnel339d ago (Edited 339d ago )

Not cool tbh

ClayRules2012338d ago

Not good, I fear what the end result for GTA6 will be.

So sad to see even a company like Rockstar fall to the pressures of some in the public.

Crows90338d ago

And most of that pressure from people that don't play games.

ClayRules2012338d ago


Good point. That makes it even more annoying, and to me, shows how even further Rockstar has fallen/changed since Dan and the other big originals have left the studio.