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April 30, 2008 // 3:49 pm - KBC ran a story today in which it looked at whether GTA IV could spur violence against real cops. Eugene Blagmond, of the Fraternal Order of Police, claimed the game will desensitize people to the real mayhem that's going on out on the streets and said that the glorification of killing of any police officer is just wrong.

However, the report also noted that 4 police officers went to purchase the game in the space of just one hour while they were filming at a retailer.

To quote: It's jammed full of sex, drugs, and lots of blood-soaked violence, and it's flying off store shelves.

"It's a good game, man. You get to run over cops, kill people, run them over," one man buying the game on Tuesday said.

For some people, that is a disturbing sign of the times. One of the groups lining up in criticizing the game is Philadelphia's police union. It's expected to be the hottest-selling video game ever, and it was the reason hundreds lined up at midnight to buy the shoot 'em up thriller, chock full of sex and violence.

"The glorification of killing of any police officer is just wrong. I mean, it desensitizes people to the real mayhem that's going on out on the streets, and we already have a real problem with people not valuing human life," said Eugene Blagmond, of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Four Cops buy GTA IV while news and Police Union condemn it

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#1 - DDNeos - April 30, 2008 // 4:44 pm
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How frightfully ironic. Oh well I guess gamers aren't the only ones desensitized.