Study: More Violence, Sex in Games

Study: More Violence, Sex in Games

by December 24, 2002

Games such as BMX XXX and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City were the primary targets of the study, so reports XenGamers:

A recently published report by the National Institute on Media and the Family gave the videogame industry failing marks in regard to violence and sexual content. One of the group’s targets was Take-Two Interactive’s crime simulation Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which has already sold more than 3 million units since its release this October. “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is receiving rave reviews for its technical excellence. However, its portrayal and mistreatment of women is disturbing,” the report said. “The brutal murder of women as entertainment should be cause for great concern.”

Another target was Acclaim Entertainment’s admittedly controversial sports game BMX XXX. The report suggested the BMX XXX and games like it “degrade women and reinforce dangerous stereotypes by treating them as sexual objects.” Overall, the institute gave the game industry an “F” grade, the first time it has done so. “This year’s grade reflects the dramatic increase in violent games and, in particular, games rewarding violence against women,” the report’s authors said.