Geek fight! Apparently some people at Rockstar (the company behind the Grand Theft Auto series) “spazzed out like little babies” at a parody in the new Simpsons game where Bart wants to play a game called Grand Theft Scratchy.
“They’re supposed to be rockstars…That’s not a big Rockstar move, to be afraid of The Simpsons making fun of their game,” said Simpsons game writer Matt Warburton.
Another Simpsons game writer, Matt Selman, also said the following…
“The game begins with Bart wanting to play a game called Grand Theft Scratchy. Of course this is a parody of Grand Theft Auto. And Marge immediately takes it away from him. She tries to clean up the town and stop the game from being distributed in Springfield because Marge is against video game violence. She uses horrific violence to stop video game violence…in a video game.
That’s called irony…The people who make Grand Theft Auto, they spazzed out like little babies.
We couldn’t get our game out in time, so we’re afraid that the gamers — who are not morons — are going to get confused by an Itchy and Scratchy poster of Grand Theft Scratchy – they’re going to think that’s the same thing as Grand Theft Auto…
EA lawyers are afraid to use the name Grand Theft Scratchy in promoting the game…[Rockstar’s] games are full of satire, lame attempts at parody… basically putting the words sixty-nine in wherever they can find it…”
Wow! Selman added that he’s actually a fan of the GTA series but managed to slip in one last barb; “Their games are amazing. Trust me, I’ll be the first person in line to play Grand Theft Auto 4…in five years when it comes out.” Hay-oh!
Rockstar “Spazzed Out Like Little Babies” Says Simpsons Game Writer [GamePolitics.com] via Wired