Grand Theft Auto’s very own Craigslist
It hasn’t been the easiest week for Craigslist, which is getting sued by minority partner eBay after spurning a buy-out offer. So pity Craig Newmark when he settles down for a nice, relaxing game of Grand Theft Auto 4.
The game, released this week, takes place in a ridiculously detailed virtual world that even has its own satirical Internet. Bloggers write on “blogsnobs.org,” porn sites abound, and there’s a free classified site called “craplist.org.” Real-life blog Some Bits has the description as it appears in GTA4:
“Craplist was started in San Fierro in 1995 by some basement dwelling sociopaths with the simple mission of creating a computer-based online forum where users can sell stolen bicycles and meet up at lunch time and [content bleeped out because MediaFile is a family-friendly blog] … Capitalists don’t understand us. Newspapers hate us. Stalkers love us. Craplist is here to stay. We are you.”
Actually, except for the stalker reference, maybe Craig will find some inspiration in that last bit.