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Critics play chicken with 'GTA IV'

Many problems arise from lack of knowledge about Grand Theft Auto IV.

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There can be little doubt that the midnight Tuesday release of Grand Theft Auto IV will be one of the biggest events of the year in video games, both from a business and entertainment standpoint--and from the perspective of politicians, organizations, and individuals seeking to derail the game due to what they expect to be an overabundance of violence and sex.

But after sifting through all these press releases, e-mails, statements, and demands that the world's retailers and parents run screaming from GTA IV, it's striking that none of the people behind these missives have seen the game, and thus couldn't possibly know its full contents.

(Read the full report examining the controversy on