Thursday, August 18, 2005

New Graffiti Game Coloring Graffiti Expert Red With Anger

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A new graffiti video game is coloring one graffiti expert red with anger.

The fall release of Getting Up, which gives players the chance to tag 11 distinct city environments using aerosol paint cans, rollers and markers, is the source of Timothy Kephart’s outrage.

Kephart, who consults police departments about gang graffiti, says the game “glorifies” graffiti and “puts a positive spin on destroying millions of dollars worth of property.”

He says the game will eat away at the efforts of those who’ve been battling on the front lines in reducing graffiti.

Although he doesn’t paint a pretty picture, Kephart doesn’t necessarily believe folks who play the game will immediately pick up cans of spray paint and start tagging their neighborhoods. However, he says it will encourage those already doing it.

Kephart has sent letters about his concern to the company that makes the game, Atari, but so far, has not received a response.

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