Hopkins, 15, is the central character in Bully, a PlayStation 2 game from Rockstar Games, the company that created the ultra-violent, ultra-popular Grand Theft Auto titles.
Is this the socialization they’re talking about?
Rockstar’s Rodney Walker acknowledges that some parents will say the game is inappropriate for children because it explores unpleasant parts of childhood. “School is tough sometimes,” he says. “School is not always straight A’s.”
We all know that–we just don’t want to admit it. We much rather go with the rose-tinted view of football games, proms, and hanging out by the lockers.