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GTA DS will have drug dealing mini-game

Sell heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and weed for experience points

Product: GTA: Chinatown Wars | Developer: Rockstar Leeds | Publisher: Rockstar Games | Genre: Action, Shooter | Networking: wireless (adhoc), wireless (network)
For: DS   Also on: PSP
 
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What was it magazine Nintendo Power said a week or so back (and we reproduced here)? Ah yes, it was that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on DS will feature 'tasteful' mini-games.

Well, that - it would appear - depends on your definition of tasteful, because the latest issue of Edge has revealed the game will include a full-on drug-dealing mini-game which lets players deal heroine, cocaine, weed, ecstasy, acid and downers to punters, reports CVG.co.uk.

Selling the various drugs will apparently make you cash to spend in the game and up your experience of market conditions.

"We wanted to have a drug-dealing mini-game in lots of the GTA games," Rockstar VP Dan Houser told Edge. "We played with it a little in Vice City Stories, because it worked really well juxtaposed with the main story.

"It works well with what GTA is, with driving around the map, and it gives you another thing to think about - another layer or piece of the puzzle to keep you motivated... It does intersect with the main story and things you learn from it work with the story, but it mostly runs on its own."

Anyone worried then that Rockstar was about to tone things down for its entry onto DS can sleep easy - it looks like we can expect the full on 'adult' experience.

Combining the arguably 'kiddish' and family orientated DS though with a game featuring heroin-dealing could be an even quicker route to an outraged Mail on Sunday front page than a goat's head at a God of War party.

Let the controversy begin.
 

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Kath Brice 24 September 2008
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madjo | 10:37 - 26 September 2008
never mind, said lawyer is already no lawyer anymore. :)
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madjo | 11:01 - 25 September 2008
I fear some anti-game lawyer from the US is already frothing at the mouth to once again slam TakeTwo.
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MattyLion | 14:43 - 24 September 2008
Until the Hot Coffee add on with the keen DS Homebrew crowd ;)
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MattyLion | 12:51 - 24 September 2008
The generation of 11-13 year old who bought a DS around launch a few years back are now the prime age for buying GTA:CW and being influenced by it... I fear this is a public relations disaster waiting to happen.
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Kath | 12:47 - 24 September 2008
I agree madjo. DS clearly has its fair share of older gamers too.

The problem is that DS is perceived as a console for kids, partly because the family market is the one Nintendo has largely decided to target it at. And by releasing a Grand Theft Auto game with all the adult stuff intact onto it, some are probably going to say Rockstar is deliberately trying to attract kids into buying it.
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madjo | 11:21 - 24 September 2008
Nintendo had better not can this one... not only kids use the DS to play games.
 
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