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Grand Theft Auto encourages drug dealing

Not a week goes by without 'controversial' game Grand Theft Auto being hauled over the coals regarding its part in the general breakdown of society. It's almost as much of a regular occurrence as a character in Eastenders trashing a room or the British government losing a laptop.

This week, it has emerged that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on the Nintendo DS will feature a number of mini games, including one that involves making money from dealing drugs such as heroine, cocaine, pot, acid and downers.

Dan Houser from GTA manufacturer Rockstar Games said: "We wanted to have a drug-dealing mini game in lots of the GTA games. We played with it a little in Vice City Stories, because it worked really well juxtaposed with the main story. It gives you another thing to think about - another layer or piece of the puzzle to keep you motivated."

Morally upstanding tabloid The Sun, leads the witchunt against the computer game with the headline 'Fury over drug deal vid game' and sported a quote from Drugsline spokesperson Darren Gold, who said: "Anything using drug-dealing as entertainment is sending out the wrong message."

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