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The Fall of Civilization

Monday, Dec. 05, 2005 10:31 PM

Early in November, game producer Firaxis was acquired by Take Two Interactive, the parent company of 2K Sports and Rockstar Games.

Firaxis is the publisher of the Civilization series of games, a refreshing strategy/exploration game where players advance their society through time, either colonizing Alpha Centauri or achieving economic or military supremacy to win.

Unfortunately, Rockstar produces the violent criminal/gang simulation series, 'Grand Theft Auto,' and irresponsibly left mature-rated material on the game disc, resulting in the infamous 'Hot Coffee' patch. Take Two tried to characterize the material as the byproduct of the creative process, and, as it was only available through an unauthorized modification, they had not deliberately misled consumers or the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

Consequently, as much as I enjoy Civilization, I don't approve of the Grand Theft Auto series, and will not be spending my consumer dollar to support Take Two's bottom line, or that of its subsidiaries.

It should be noted that, in the wake of the GTA fiasco, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed this bill into law, and Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Joseph Lieberman are poised to introduce, 'The Family Entertainment Protection Act,' when Congress reconvenes next week.

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