The Police Federation condemned the original GTA as "sick, deluded and beneath contempt" – although it's possible that the makers might have considered this a good review.Motorist groups have pointed to a game within the game called "Getting Blind Drunk" that doesn't just condone drunk driving, it promotes it.
On the other hand, perhaps we should agree with Leslie Benziers, the 37-year-old president of Rockstar North who dismisses scientific, parental or media concern as predictable fuddy-duddiness. It's Elvis shaking his hips." Well, he has global sales of billion to protect (his last big release, Manhunt 2, was banned by the BBFC for its "casual sadism…
But then, instead of checking himself into his local casualty ward, he returned home, armed himself with a kitchen knife and set off on a revenge mission that failed only when he fell – possibly from loss of blood – into the arms of the police.
The irony is that the game he wanted to buy features a great many men who are also brutally stabbed and shot at by complete strangers and who also won't lie down.
Well, it certainly isn't doing them any good if you look at the scientific evidence.
The scientists can't agree quite how computer games are damaging young people, but whichever way you look at it – and even leaving aside the psychological impact of so much violence – it's all rather worrying.