New York City officials are unhappy about the latest version of the popular, murder-your-way-to-victory video game “Grand Theft Auto” that unleashes its violence in a city with an uncanny resemblance to New York, Newsday reports. Trailers of the latest game, released last week on the Internet, show the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Coney Island’s Cyclone, while a voice is heard saying: “Life is complicated. I killed people, smuggled people, sold people. Perhaps here, things will be different.”
New York boasts of being the nation’s safest big city. Statistics show a 58 percent drop in auto thefts since Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office in 2002. The city’s murder total is down by 28 so far this year, compared with last year.