GTA IV critics 'fear' progress

Rockstar exec hits out at critics

Leslie Benzies, Rockstar North president, has said that the negative reception to games like GTA IV in some quarters of the conservative mass media is down to a simple fear of progress.

"There is a big fear factor here. It’s the coming of the railways, it’s Elvis shaking his hips. It’s cars going over 25 miles per hour and making people explode," said Benzies, talking to The Times.

"We’ve had such a beating over the past three years. If I get into a confrontation about it, once I’ve had my beating, I ask if they’ve ever played the game. Invariably they haven’t."

The big cheese believes that games get a raw deal compared to other mediums, comparing the launch of Manhunt 2 - and its following furore - to books and films.

"We wanted to make a horror game that would scare you in the same way a film would."

"It doesn’t seem to me to be any worse than a film. If it’s a film or a book, you can do what you want. We seem to be in a different category."

GTA IV is out on April 29th, and despite some pockets of resistance the game could sell six million copies in its first week.

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