A new video game which lets players join crime gangs and kill police officers has become the target of a proposed boycott by a U.S. Senator.
Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York, said the "cop killer" video game, called "25 to Life", had hit an "all-time low" and discouraged the sale and distribution of the title, due out this summer.
"'25 to Life' makes 'Grand Theft Auto' look like 'Romper Room'," Schumer said on Monday in comments e-mailed by a spokeswoman. The blockbuster video game series "Grand Theft Auto" from Take-Two Interactive is frequently criticized for its violence.
"Romper Room" is a popular U.S. children's television show.
The new video game lets players "be the law" or "break the law," taking the side of police or thugs in running gun battles through a grimy urban landscape.
The criminals use human shields in fights, while police call in special weapons and tactics units. The title refers to the length of a jail sentence.
...more at Reuters