In Singapore, Gamers Say Don't Ban GTA

August 8, 2008 -

Singapore may have banned Mass Effect last year (and later un-banned it), but gamers there do not want to see a Grand Theft Auto ban.

As reported by the Electric New Paper, gamers in Singapore are concerned that last week's cabdriver murder in Thailand may prompt a video game backlash:

'It's a game, it's just for fun,' said student Julius Wong, 20, who completed [GTA IV]... 'What makes the game popular is that you get to do things you don't normally get to do in real life.' Playing the game was 'stress relief'.

 

Student Poh Koon Kiat, 23, was also against a ban, saying it would be a knee-jerk reaction. 'I don't think games affect how I act in real life,' he said.

ENP reports that GTA IV was a huge seller in Singapore, with 20,000 copies sold during its first week at retail. Local distributor IAHGames said it was unaware of any move to ban the game.


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Re: In Singapore, Gamers Say Don't Ban GTA

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Re: In Singapore, Gamers Say Don't Ban GTA

The rare voice of reason speaks out, kudos to them

Re: In Singapore, Gamers Say Don't Ban GTA

 Wow, 20,000 copies sold in one week makes GTA4 a huge seller over there. Didn't the game sell like 5 million copies in its first week here in the states? I guess it goes to show that their videogame market is still in its infancy.

Re: In Singapore, Gamers Say Don't Ban GTA

It's not so much that the videogame market is in its infancy - it's that Singapore is a tiny, tiny country, with fewer people than New York City (and, by extension, Liberty City itself in GTAIV).

The 20,000 people that bought GTAIV in its first week in Singapore represents one out of every 230 people in the country. The US equivalent would be selling 1.3 million copies, an impressive feat for a video game.

Re: In Singapore, Gamers Say Don't Ban GTA

 Also, Singapore is a hotbed of piracy.  20,000 legal copies is pretty good, considering.

Re: In Singapore, Gamers Say Don't Ban GTA

Well, considering that our population here inclusive of non-residents and tourists comes up to about 4 million give or take 100k. 20,000 copies isn't exactly a small quantity sold...

------------------------------------------------------------------------ Oooh! You mean there are people around with the mythical "Common Sense"?

Re: In Singapore, Gamers Say Don't Ban GTA

Good for them.  Pre-empt the knee-jerk reation to this BS. 

Re: In Singapore, Gamers Say Don't Ban GTA

I'm glad that someone actually made an attempt to at least try to listen to what gamers have to say, kinda rare, around these parts at least.

Re: In Singapore, Gamers Say Don't Ban GTA

Sweet! Why do people blame games for bad behavior instead of pointing the finger at the person who actually did the bad thing?

I guess that's the eternal question

Re: In Singapore, Gamers Say Don't Ban GTA

Because it is easier.

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