Society is still working the kinks out of the integration of video game culture and mainstream culture, and I’m not talking about Ray Davies.
Remember the whole Vice City “racism” thing?
Or how about the time when Sony had to remove missions involving biological-weapon-wielding Quebec separatist terrorists attacking Toronto from Siphon Filter 4?
Or the recent story of the guy whose helpful advice on Grand Theft Auto was misinterpreted, resulting in his arrest?
My favorite is when the FBI went after a video game crime boss:
It was the lead item on the government’s daily threat matrix one day last April. Don Emilio Fulci described by an FBI tipster as a reclusive but evil millionaire, had formed a terrorist group that was planning chemical attacks against London and Washington, D.C. That day even FBI director Robert Mueller was briefed on the Fulci matter. But as the day went on without incident, a White House staffer had a brainstorm: He Googled Fulci. His findings: Fulci is the crime boss in the popular video game Headhunter. “Stand down,” came the order from embarrassed national security types.