Thursday, May 01, 2008

Blind drunk

With all the uproar and rage between MADD and Grand Theft Auto IV, we felt it was important to take a step out and talk about some of the serious issues going on.

Wait, who are we kidding? We're going to dive into this one headlong, probably for a few sentences, and then move on to a related tangent. That's just what we do.

Anyways, MADD, stop regurgitating what you've heard about the games. Yes, there is drinking (and the potential for driving) with the story. However, the game is not kind to anyone trying to accomplish said task. Heck, find a way to support the in-game results, and you might actually see fewer drunk drivers on the road. It's not like people actually think that they can locate a floating spinny skull that will give them a rifle and permission (emphasis on "mission") to go off on a kill rampage without repercussions.

Besides, it might be a little more important to worry about the real drunk drivers out there. Like the one's that go out and get blind, stinking drunk.

Wait, what's that?

Oh, sorry. Our bad. Turns out he was blind AND he was stinking drunk.

Yup. The driver, who only admitted blindness after he couldn't find the breathalyzer test, calls himself a good driver, but has been pulled over for drunk driving. Twice. Thankfully, at least on this second time, the owner of the car was also in the vehicle, giving directions and helpful cues to the intoxicated, vision-impaired driver. And you bet that he's facing a fine, too.

So let's make sure that we understand this. In America, people are worried about drunk driving in a video game (never mind the other things that might raise alarm within the game). In Estonia, a blind guy can get arrested more than once for drunk driving.

Yep. Seems like priorities are fairly well-balanced.

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