It what seems to be the new scapegoat for politicians, videogames are continually being scrutinized over their content. The newest controverst is over Marc Ecko's (Ecko Clothing) new game Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure . The groups are worried over the publicity on Atari's website, which claims that the game is "a groundbreaking graffiti play system, designed to sharpen your skills as you tag with Aerosol, Rollers, Markers, Wheat Paste, Stickers and Stencils." The game will aid in "allowing you to find ideal places to tag," and demonstrate the ability to "infiltrate areas and avoid capture" and "create tags in pressure situations."
Marc Ecko was going to have a "Getting Up" Block Party in NYC which was to be a free art event featuring graf writers, artists, and music. However, his permit was revoked by New York City. NYC Mayor Micheal Bloomberg said:
Marc Ecko was going to have replicas of NYC Subway Cars, and allow popular graffiti artists to demonstrate their skills. He responded with a public letter..."Graffiti is just one of those things that destroys our quality of life, and why anybody thinks that it's funny or cute to encourage kids to go do that, I don't know. We have talked to them and asked them to not have a subway car motif to write graffiti. This is not really art or expression. This is - let's be honest about what it is - it's trying to encourage people to do something that's not in anybody's interest."
So what do you think? Is it vandalism or is it art?"Unfortunately the spirit of the event, as it was originally conceived and as it has been presented to the appropriate civic groups and government officials since November 2004, seems to have been lost in the haste to stereotype all graffiti-style artists as 'vandals' and to brand this event as a 'promotion of crime.' At its core, this is an event designed to celebrate an art form born from the streets of New York over two decades ago as a means of creative self-expression, allowing the public a unique chance to experience the workmanship and skill that go into creating a piece of art fine enough to hang on the walls of any traditional gallery or museum. Upon completion, a 48-foot mural will be donated to The Point, a Bronx-based nonprofit youth development organization, while the remaining nine will be placed throughout the city for public display."