No, you don’t get “points” for driving drunk in Grand Theft Auto IV (via). Driving drunk in the game isn’t necessary, helpful or even fun, but the more serious problem with this claim is that you don’t get points for anything in GTAIV. Like most modern games, it eschews the concept of overall point-scoring altogether.
Neither does GTAIV have “levels”, for that matter, but I’m sure some child-protector out there is very worried about the “drunk driving level”. Points, levels and the sound track from the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man (which celebrates its twenty-seventh birthday this year!) are still commonplace… but only in the depictions of video games in movies and TV shows.
(Both pages NSFW, unless you work somewhere where people have a sense of humour.)
Video games are getting more and more realistic, and some of their creators are using that realism to make more and more confrontingly believable interactive depictions of violence, horror and depravity.
While this is happening, though, actual rates of violence among children in every First World nation I know of continue to slowly fall.
That doesn’t make for much of a headline, of course. Much better to claim that when some kid does buck the trend and shoot up his school, it must have been Wolfenstein 3D and Redneck Rampage that made him do it.