Gamers:1 Spitzer:0

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As a widely outspoken critic of the videogame industry, Eliot Spitzer has been a small blip on gamer’s radars for short while now. During his 2006 campaign he jumped on his soapbox and tore into Grand Theft Auto 3 with the following remarks:

“Media content has gotten more graphic, more violent, and more sex-based… Currently, nothing under New York State law prohibits a fourteen-year old from walking into a video store and buying… a game like Grand Theft Auto, which rewards a player for stealing cars and beating people up. Children can even simulate having sex with a prostitute…”

Maybe if Mr. Spitzer had been practicing the act in a virtual world since he was fourteen he would have been better at getting away with it…

‘Client 9’, who was later identified as New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, spent up to $80,000.00 on call girls within the past few years, according to a federal probe. The girl who is stuck in the middle of all of this, introduced to Spitzer only as “Kristen”, is actually 22-year-old Ashley Alexandra Dupre, a struggling singer from New Jersey. Sure, she’s easy on the eyes, but is she worth $5,000 for a one-time visit? I know I’ve never spent that much in GTA for a one-time tryst in the backseat of my stolen ride, but I guess when you’re using tax-payer money it’s easier to justify the cost.

Spitzer took less than 48 hours to realize that a scandal of this magnitude cannot be recovered from. He has thrown in the towel and announced his resignation from the office of Governor. If you ask me, this might have less to do with “Kristen” and more to do with the fact that GTA4 drops in the very near future. Perhaps the folks over at Rockstar will throw in a short side-story where the governor of “Liberty City” is disgraced as well. I mean, it’s the least they could do for all the great press he’s drawing to their franchise. I think gamers across the nation should donate a couple bucks each and we’ll get Rockstar to make a Special “Spitzer” Edition of the game. What do you say?

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