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Now, I can totally see why the city's officials may have been a little concerned with a game like Jet Grind Radio being released, especially since the city of Milwaukee apparently had quite an issue with graffiti and urban art in the decade preceding the introduction of the Dreamcast - a reported $1million per year was spent clearing paint from the city's streets during the 1990s. As we all now know though, the game was released and no other cities followed Milwaukee's lead in trying to get Jet Grind Radio banned. I wanted to dig a little deeper into this story though, and so I set about trying to find the minutes and the actual meeting details where the Dreamcast was discussed at length inside the civic buildings of one of America's largest cities. Guess what? I found them!
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ALD. BREIER, SANCHEZ, PAWLINSKI, CAMERON-ROLLINS AND DONOVAN
Resolution relating to "Jet Grind Radio," a new game produced by Sega of America. Inc.
This resolution expresses the Common Council's dismay over the proposed production and distribution of the "Jet Grind Radio" game by Sega of America, Inc. The resolution requests that Mr. Shoichiro Irimajiri, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sega of America, Inc., cancel all production and distribution of the game.
Whereas, Sega of America, Inc., is renowned around the world for its inventive and demanding action/adventure games; and
Whereas, Sega action/adventure games such as "Sonic Adventure" and "Super Magnetic Neo" provide challenging fun for players without denigrating law enforcement or glorifying graffiti vandalism and property damage; and
Whereas, Sega of America, Inc., has announced its intention to market a new game, "Jet Grind Radio," that treats graffiti vandalism as an art form and that glorifies successful evasion of law enforcement officers; and
Whereas, Graffiti vandalism is a worldwide urban plague, which frightens neighborhood residents, damages and destroys property and requires the expenditure of large sums of public money which could be better used for other projects; and
Whereas, The City of Milwaukee alone spends over $1 million a year to prevent and abate graffiti and to enforce the legal prohibitions against it; and
Whereas, The Sega web site describes "Jet Grind Radio" as a game featuring kids who are "unified and inspired to fight for their rights of expression, which includes graffiti art;" and
Whereas, The Sega web site directs the game players to "grab your spray cans and design your own piece on one of the immense walls" in the game's city, and further warns players that "the cops will be after you too, so you'll have to be quick;" and
Whereas, Such glorification of illegal graffiti vandalism in the imaginary world of Sega games will only encourage proliferation of this serious and costly problem in the real world which we all inhabit; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, By the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee, that the Common Council expresses its dismay over the proposed production and distribution of the "Jet Grind Radio" game by Sega of America, Inc.; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Common Council requests that Mr. Shoichiro Irimajiri, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sega of America, Inc., give serious consideration to the increased graffiti vandalism that can be anticipated after widespread distribution of "Jet Grind Radio;" and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Common Council requests that Mr. Irimajiri direct that all proposed production and distribution of "Jet Grind Radio" be cancelled.
Another page documents that the vote went in favour of the ban, with all 17 members of the committee voting 'Aye.'
How incredible is this? They actually tried to get Irimajiri to cancel Jet Grind Radio and the proof is all there in the minutes of the meeting that took place in early September 2000! It's also interesting to note that the two games they compare Jet Grind Radio to are Sonic Adventure and Super Magnetic Neo...
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Also, if you so wish, you can read the original minutes of the meeting here.