When questioned by Arizona Daily Star reporter Phil Villarreal, Isett said that he had played the open-world action title, and that the game rewards players for driving drunk.
"I've actually played Grand Theft Auto IV, and it's right in keeping with previous versions. The series continues to lower the bar and this is the first game that has an alcohol content warning. You get points for driving drunk in this game."
When the reporter corrected Isett, the director backpedaled, offering instead that it was a "rewarded activity" which is "necessary for advancement." When pressed further, Isett confessed that he hadn't gotten far enough in the game to experience its drunk driving for himself.
"No, no. I didn't get that far... I rented it at a friend's house. I think that what's important is it's a horrifically violent game and if you want to quibble about extra points being granted, fine. It rewards every antisocial behavior."
"I reject the argument that an M-rated game is comparable to an R-rated movie. One, it doesn't require 30 hours of continuous game play to make your way through an R-rated movie," Isett said, noting that a higher degree of immersion in games merits a different perspective than films.