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New York grumbles about GTA

Crime? Here? Nonsense!

We know next to nothing about Grand Theft Auto IV or what you'll do in it, but that hasn't stopped various politicians and other public figures in New York from warming up their disapproval. Or rather, it hasn't stopped the New York Daily News from ringing them up and painting a picture.

"Setting Grand Theft Auto in the safest big city in America would be like setting Halo in Disneyland," City Councilman Peter Vallone supposedly told the NY Daily News. Anyone would think it was fiction! Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that he didn't "support any videogame where you earn points for injuring or killing police officers". Which is handy, because up to now we'd assumed he did.

GTA IV isn't the first game in the series to take place in a fictional version of New York (or even the second, for that matter), but it's certainly the first one whose trailer on Eurogamer TV is getting a link from this news story. Perhaps you'll go and watch it. Or you could kill the time until it comes out for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 19th October 2007 by Slitherlink instead.