NYC Politicians Outraged at GTA 4

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By Chris | 31st Mar 2007 at 21:12 GMT in GTA IV | 68 Comments
Just 2 days after the release of the first Grand Theft Auto 4 trailer, the game has already struck a nerve with local politicians. NYDailyNews are reporting that political leaders are outraged, although other than voicing their concerns, no action seems to be being taken.

City Councilman Peter Vallone had this to say:

"Setting Grand Theft Auto in the safest big city in America would be like setting Halo in Disneyland,"

While the article goes on to spread misinformation (don't you just love the media?)

In previous incarnations, players advanced through the game by killing cops, selling pornography to children and killing prostitutes. Details of the latest version have not been released.

"The mayor does not support any video game where you earn points for injuring or killing police officers," said Jason Post, a spokesman for Mayor Bloomberg.

Selling pornography to minors and killing prostitutes have never been required to advance through any of the GTA games, the former is not even possible due to the fact children never have, and never will be included in the series according to Dan Houser. Earning points for killing police officers is another inaccuracy.

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Sherman 31st March, 2007 @ 21:15 - Permalink
All I have to say is. Wow.



Knew it was going to happen sooner or later.
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Cloud' 31st March, 2007 @ 21:16 - Permalink
Idiots, they don't even no what there talking about. Least no action was taken though.
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chrisrob 31st March, 2007 @ 21:18 - Permalink
we will get a lot more ov this before the game comes out and after there allways doing this
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Cloud' 31st March, 2007 @ 21:19 - Permalink
It wont be long till Jack thompson makes himself heard... <_<
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Gycu 31st March, 2007 @ 21:19 - Permalink
It`s oviously that they haven`t even played any GTA and they jump with stupid conclusions.

Kids weren`t in any GTA so that guy is just a J. Tompson fan and an anti-GTA so he was probably drunk when he said that.
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2003 31st March, 2007 @ 21:20 - Permalink
GTA IV won't be set in NYC it will be set in Liberty City. What a bunch of Jackasses.
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chrisrob 31st March, 2007 @ 21:23 - Permalink
they talk about this with most ov rocks games but they dont get enywere until somthin bad happens they should all just shut up
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Cloud' 31st March, 2007 @ 21:25 - Permalink
It has NYC Landmarks though, but there taking it like an offence. It's a bit publicity isnt it?
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Rashon. 31st March, 2007 @ 21:28 - Permalink
They need to get their facts straight before saying all this crock of shit.
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chrisrob 31st March, 2007 @ 21:30 - Permalink
no i think there just bord
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chris82 31st March, 2007 @ 21:41 - Permalink
People who don't know anything about anything and try to report on it through misinformed accounts from watchdog websites should be executed.

You guys are wrong, players DO NOT progress through any GTA by killing poilcemen, selling porn to kids, or killing prostitutes. Children don't even appear in any GTA games, and according to Dan Houser, they never will. Killing prostitutes gives little, if any reward to player, and killing police only increases the chance of getting killed. Not progressing.

How about you get your facts straight in your shitty newspaper to make it slightly less shitty.


Besides, first amendment, the mayor can't do shit.
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chrisrob 31st March, 2007 @ 21:51 - Permalink
lol go for it u tell them
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Jared 31st March, 2007 @ 21:52 - Permalink
I thought this was an April Fools until I looked further into it, thats how silly I think it is. I never saw them pissed off at True Crime 2 when it was in New York, and it was all about corrupt cops and killing good people (unless you wanted to be the good guy, which I doubt many did).
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Chris 31st March, 2007 @ 22:02 - Permalink
Seems like this a second rate newspaper anyway...

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Harwood Butcher 31st March, 2007 @ 22:05 - Permalink
All they're doing is pulling stuff from us. We've been saying we spotted children in the trailer and they're just adding to it. We're actually starting to bring this shit on ourselves, us the fans...not Rockstar.
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Chris 31st March, 2007 @ 22:07 - Permalink
The fact of the matter is their article is founded around baseless claims and inaccurate details.
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Cloud' 31st March, 2007 @ 22:08 - Permalink
Well where did they get the Shooting Cops for points bit? There just making this stuff up it's not our fault.
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Harwood Butcher 31st March, 2007 @ 22:10 - Permalink

Well where did they get the Shooting Cops for points bit? There just making this stuff up it's not our fault.


Well they're getting the cop killing thing from San Andreas still...they're morons.
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Jared 31st March, 2007 @ 22:10 - Permalink
They can't really say this is such a big problem when GTAIII and Liberty City Stories were based around the same place.
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chrisrob 31st March, 2007 @ 22:11 - Permalink
i dont know peeps whats done is done lets have a cup ov tea
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Harwood Butcher 31st March, 2007 @ 22:11 - Permalink

They can't really say this is such a big problem when GTAIII and Liberty City Stories were based around the same place.


Well Rockstar was already ordered to change GTAIII because of the one mission that had you blow up Donald Love's building, they had to change because of 9/11.
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2003 31st March, 2007 @ 22:13 - Permalink

They can't really say this is such a big problem when GTAIII and Liberty City Stories were based around the same place.


Well Rockstar was already ordered to change GTAIII because of the one mission that had you blow up Donald Love's building, they had to change because of 9/11.

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Yeah i heard about that, you had to like fly a dodo into the Love media building for Darkel.
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Jared 31st March, 2007 @ 22:16 - Permalink
They weren't ordered to take that out, they took that out themselves after September 11th, and they have stop by the claim they never exists. I know they exists, as do you, but the fact is the government was never brang into it. Only R* knew about the missions. I could be wrong, but thats what I know.
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Spaz The Great 31st March, 2007 @ 22:24 - Permalink

They can't really say this is such a big problem when GTAIII and Liberty City Stories were based around the same place.


I was about to bring up the fact that Liberty City has ALWAYS been based on New York, it wasn't a recent thing..... Ninety-five percent of the people playing the games know this, a few landmarks aren't going to suddenly make us realise where it is. Hell, a lot of us wanted the landmarks, because we KNEW WHERE IT WAS BASED ON.
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Harwood Butcher 31st March, 2007 @ 22:31 - Permalink

They weren't ordered to take that out, they took that out themselves after September 11th, and they have stop by the claim they never exists. I know they exists, as do you, but the fact is the government was never brang into it. Only R* knew about the missions. I could be wrong, but thats what I know.


The set of missions were taken out in later versions of the game. Not that long after though, maybe after the first batch. I've seen videos of the mission before, I'll have to try and find it again.
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Jared 31st March, 2007 @ 23:25 - Permalink
See if you can, I was told it was taken out before the game was released, so this shale be interesting.
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2003 31st March, 2007 @ 23:31 - Permalink

They weren't ordered to take that out, they took that out themselves after September 11th, and they have stop by the claim they never exists. I know they exists, as do you, but the fact is the government was never brang into it. Only R* knew about the missions. I could be wrong, but thats what I know.


The set of missions were taken out in later versions of the game. Not that long after though, maybe after the first batch. I've seen videos of the mission before, I'll have to try and find it again.


Please do that.
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K9 Krew 31st March, 2007 @ 23:34 - Permalink
Those Bastards , why can't they just leave us alone and stop making a big deal about it Liberty City has benn used 2 times before why can't it be usewd again
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Nate10 31st March, 2007 @ 23:50 - Permalink

They weren't ordered to take that out, they took that out themselves after September 11th, and they have stop by the claim they never exists. I know they exists, as do you, but the fact is the government was never brang into it. Only R* knew about the missions. I could be wrong, but thats what I know.


The set of missions were taken out in later versions of the game. Not that long after though, maybe after the first batch. I've seen videos of the mission before, I'll have to try and find it again.

Ya, please do. Would love to see a not modded in Dodo flying in GTA 3.
And correct me if I'm wrong but was the PS1 and Advance versions were based on New York too? Or was that Carcer City or something...
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rav0001 31st March, 2007 @ 23:55 - Permalink
crazy politicians, its only a game, its not like the game is gonna destroy the world or any thing...
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GTAPlayer 1st April, 2007 @ 00:01 - Permalink
Yeah crazy politicians, what you can say eh... It was just a matter of time, it was expected, really.
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Artur 1st April, 2007 @ 00:28 - Permalink

They weren't ordered to take that out, they took that out themselves after September 11th, and they have stop by the claim they never exists. I know they exists, as do you, but the fact is the government was never brang into it. Only R* knew about the missions. I could be wrong, but thats what I know.


The set of missions were taken out in later versions of the game. Not that long after though, maybe after the first batch. I've seen videos of the mission before, I'll have to try and find it again.

Ya, please do. Would love to see a not modded in Dodo flying in GTA 3.
And correct me if I'm wrong but was the PS1 and Advance versions were based on New York too? Or was that Carcer City or something...

Yeah I think it was either GTA1 or 2 that had Liberty City, Vice City and San Andreas and that's how they came up with the GTA3 trilogy by remaking each city/state in each game.

Anyways, these stupid politicians don't know what they're talking about and just being little Jack Thompsons. They should get their facts straight before accusing R* of anything. Like selling pornography to children? WTF?
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Chris 1st April, 2007 @ 00:31 - Permalink
Liberty City has been used 4 times already, GTAIV makes it the fifth.

GTA1, GTA3, GTAAdvance, and GTALCS were the 4 games to already use it.
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Jared 1st April, 2007 @ 00:32 - Permalink

Liberty City has been used 4 times already, GTAIV makes it the fifth.

GTA1, GTA3, GTAAdvance, and GTALCS were the 4 games to already use it.


Where was GTA2 based again? Was that Liberty, or London?
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Nate10 1st April, 2007 @ 00:33 - Permalink

They weren't ordered to take that out, they took that out themselves after September 11th, and they have stop by the claim they never exists. I know they exists, as do you, but the fact is the government was never brang into it. Only R* knew about the missions. I could be wrong, but thats what I know.


The set of missions were taken out in later versions of the game. Not that long after though, maybe after the first batch. I've seen videos of the mission before, I'll have to try and find it again.

Ya, please do. Would love to see a not modded in Dodo flying in GTA 3.
And correct me if I'm wrong but was the PS1 and Advance versions were based on New York too? Or was that Carcer City or something...

Yeah I think it was either GTA1 or 2 that had Liberty City, Vice City and San Andreas and that's how they came up with the GTA3 trilogy by remaking each city/state in each game.

Anyways, these stupid politicians don't know what they're talking about and just being little Jack Thompsons. They should get their facts straight before accusing R* of anything. Like selling pornography to children? WTF?

Exactly, where does this come from when they say selling kids porn. Seriously, they hate us and the games so much and say and accuse without playing the game, neverless even know what you do in the game. Really, because in the trailer there may be a kid it means we'r gonna sell porn to them. I just don't understand, really. They probably didn't even know we might of saw children in the trailer, they probably were just throwin more things up to try and sue and take GTA down.
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2003 1st April, 2007 @ 00:33 - Permalink

Liberty City has been used 4 times already, GTAIV makes it the fifth.

GTA1, GTA3, GTAAdvance, and GTALCS were the 4 games to already use it.


Where was GTA2 based again? Was that Liberty, or London?


It was in Anywhere City.
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bigpimpininda818 1st April, 2007 @ 00:34 - Permalink
They're just bastards that dont have enything else to do they should go and do their own s***t and leave us gamers alone if a kid wants to get a game he's gonna get it anyway so they should stop bitchin'
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Chris 1st April, 2007 @ 00:36 - Permalink

Liberty City has been used 4 times already, GTAIV makes it the fifth.

GTA1, GTA3, GTAAdvance, and GTALCS were the 4 games to already use it.


Where was GTA2 based again? Was that Liberty, or London?

No, London was used for the two expansions; 1969 and the lesser known 1961.

GTA2 takes places in an unknown city (referred to as Anywhere City) in the near future, assumed to be in 2013. However, it's split into the same generic districts as Liberty (Industrial, Commercial and Residential), so it's possible, but it's not meant to be any city in particular.
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HCK George 1st April, 2007 @ 04:34 - Permalink
Hopefully R* doesnt run into trouble so we could get our hands on GTA-4 with no proble.
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surrealistic ArtSweet 1st April, 2007 @ 06:11 - Permalink
aww, geez, another lawsuit. take two company grown tired of this sh*t
i guess i'll pray for 'em so something bad wouldn't happen

GTA IV won't be set in NYC it will be set in Liberty City. What a bunch of Jackasses.


well, actually, LC is a PARODY of NYC, legally you could sue a parody if they had crossed the line
in this case, the landmarks of NY has been used in LC explicitly!

this is a crack of bullsh*t, they didn't sue true crime, why the hell they would sue GTA???
yeah, riiight, true crime was a cop stoory, how educating!!!!!!!!(sarcasm)
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Gycu 1st April, 2007 @ 06:22 - Permalink
What a bunch of morons
-other GTAs were set in fictional city New York
-like GTA is the only violent game set in NY
-they`ve never even played GTA but they want to make themselves some publicity.
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Dazza 1st April, 2007 @ 08:08 - Permalink
Some people must be bored and saw this and went..."GTA, dont they kill people"...and made a huge spill that its bad


Dip-shits
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QuickDeath 1st April, 2007 @ 09:15 - Permalink
Safest big city? lol yeah... riiight, looks like those politicians are pretending to care about children's mental health by distorting the facts about GTAs.
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Jace 1st April, 2007 @ 09:22 - Permalink

"Setting Grand Theft Auto in the safest big city in America would be like setting Halo in Disneyland,"

It amazes me that they even know about halo.

This is not going to be a big deal though. How would they want to stop it? Highly rasing the pegi stuf or whatever rating your country has.
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Artur 1st April, 2007 @ 09:32 - Permalink
Yeah it would be impossible to stop GTA IV. And that's good for us. :D
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Scott. 1st April, 2007 @ 09:52 - Permalink
Urgh. I HATE politicians. They should die. There's absolutley nothing wrong with the game. If kids dont want it... THEY SHOULDNT GO OUT AND BUY IT!! FOR f*** SAKE.

End of rant.
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Dazza 1st April, 2007 @ 10:54 - Permalink
I agree, with Woozie, and Jace, but if they want to spill, let them, we now can laugh at them lol
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chrisymon 1st April, 2007 @ 12:07 - Permalink
Halo 3
Plot: the Covenant have betrayed Earth by putting a flesh eating bug in to Disneyland paris and turned every1 in to zombies. Master chief has to go in to there and kill the zombies and turn it back to normal!

idiots!
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gtashaun 1st April, 2007 @ 17:23 - Permalink
i think they are talking about gta 1 and gta 2. you do earn points for killing cops
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Spaz The Great 1st April, 2007 @ 17:46 - Permalink

well, actually, LC is a PARODY of NYC, legally you could sue a parody if they had crossed the line
in this case, the landmarks of NY has been used in LC explicitly


No, you can't sue for parodies. Parodies are actually protected under the law, I think. Look at Weird Al, that's ALL HE DOES, is parodies. And the landmarks aren't being used explicitly...... What's explicit about them?
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gtasmodder 1st April, 2007 @ 17:59 - Permalink
I don't think NYC is the safest place in Americ. I think it's the worst place in the USA. I think their jeasous off the game.
NYC has lot of crimes, I think so.
Thanks,
Gtasmodder@yahoo.com

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gtasmodder 1st April, 2007 @ 18:04 - Permalink

aww, geez, another lawsuit. take two company grown tired of this sh*t
i guess i'll pray for 'em so something bad wouldn't happen

GTA IV won't be set in NYC it will be set in Liberty City. What a bunch of Jackasses.


well, actually, LC is a PARODY of NYC, legally you could sue a parody if they had crossed the line
in this case, the landmarks of NY has been used in LC explicitly!

this is a crack of bullsh*t, they didn't sue true crime, why the hell they would sue GTA???
yeah, riiight, true crime was a cop stoory, how educating!!!!!!!!(sarcasm)

they can't sue because they don't use NYC as their name place. They uesd LC
thanks, gtasmodder
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7.62mm 1st April, 2007 @ 21:49 - Permalink
Selling pornography to minors? What GTA game was this in? :lol:
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Thomas. 2nd April, 2007 @ 01:26 - Permalink
Why cant they play the games before they start making crappy comments. I don even think Rockstar will ever include children and selling pornography to them.
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7.62mm 2nd April, 2007 @ 01:48 - Permalink
I don't remember any of the characters handing porn to kids... :huh: Good point. I think maybe they should actually play the game before they start saying things like that.
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Dazza 2nd April, 2007 @ 06:29 - Permalink
Yes they should, but it would be fun to hand out porn to 14 year old boys, like me :P
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Jared 2nd April, 2007 @ 06:35 - Permalink

I think maybe they should actually play the game before they start saying things like that.


Now that would be a smart idea :).
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Cloud' 2nd April, 2007 @ 14:14 - Permalink
Here is the report on Fox news.
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The Bossman 2nd April, 2007 @ 20:45 - Permalink
I think its ridiculous that they've already started a war against it, if they had their way they'd ban every one of the GTA games without knowing enough trueful information about it.
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Thomas. 3rd April, 2007 @ 02:16 - Permalink

I think its ridiculous that they've already started a war against it, if they had their way they'd ban every one of the GTA games without knowing enough trueful information about it.


If they do ban it thet're gonna regret it once they play it
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Spaz The Great 3rd April, 2007 @ 03:50 - Permalink

I think its ridiculous that they've already started a war against it, if they had their way they'd ban every one of the GTA games without knowing enough trueful information about it.


If they do ban it thet're gonna regret it once they play it


Um, they won't play it. They'd rather assume what it's like based on what their sister's neighbor's best friend's daughter had to say about the game when she bought it for her 10 year old. Go figure.
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Dazza 3rd April, 2007 @ 06:36 - Permalink

I think its ridiculous that they've already started a war against it, if they had their way they'd ban every one of the GTA games without knowing enough trueful information about it.


If they do ban it thet're gonna regret it once they play it


Um, they won't play it. They'd rather assume what it's like based on what their sister's neighbor's best friend's daughter had to say about the game when she bought it for her 10 year old. Go figure.


Yeah, they should test out the games before, pulling stuff out there arse, lets rebel.
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The Bossman 3rd April, 2007 @ 10:59 - Permalink
It just frustrates me when they make assumptions on a mature game (that should only be sold to people 18 and over, by the way) that they haven't even sampled, and they want to get rid of it because it might 'damage' people, psychologically, like it did with Manhunt. Only lunatics go out and re-create a death they saw in a game because it looked good, not everybodys the same <_<
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DeAtH 3rd April, 2007 @ 13:09 - Permalink
Why they didnt whine when GTA:SA was in 3 citys? And it even isnt NYC its the edited copy of NYC called Liberty City.
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Busby 3rd April, 2007 @ 16:51 - Permalink
No offence to anyone but saying it's the safest place in America isn't realy saying much

P.S. I love how they try to act like they know what they are talking about with the Halo bit.
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Gycu 3rd April, 2007 @ 16:53 - Permalink
You must love how all the politicians are tryin to know-it-all and make themselves more publicity...Anything for money and fame...
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DeAtH 3rd April, 2007 @ 19:35 - Permalink
Most smallest city is most safest because noone lives there. :lol:
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Lockz 3rd April, 2007 @ 19:57 - Permalink
was there ever this much fuss about gta london, a gta game specifically set in London?

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