25 to Life on collision with controversy
Eidos Interactive's upcoming GTA-esque driving-shooter title '25 to Life' looks set to cause controversy en masse upon its release, perhaps something the publisher intended as something of a publicity coup. Certain right-wing senators are already brandishing their legal advisers in anticipation of challenging the game, which Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said "makes other controversial games like Grand Theft Auto look like 'Romper Room,'" which we're guessing isn't a blood-thirsty action game.
Indeed, senator Schumer called upon Microsoft and Sony to prevent the game from being published on their platforms, and it is in fact surprising that platform holders haven't been challenged in this manner much previously. "Little Johnny should be learning how to read, not how to kill cops," he commented. "The bottom line is that games that are aimed and marketed at kids shouldn't desensitize them to death and destruction."
No doubt this game will be even further challenged upon release, mainly because of the gangs versus police violence it depicts... something of a loaded subject stateside. Not that Eidos' marketing people will be complaining we're guessing... it will be interesting to see if the game merits this fuss, or turns out to be a mediocre GTA clone. More soon.