Leslie Benzies, President of Rockstar North (developer of GTA) says that some of those who criticise his games are unnerved by progress.

There is a big fear factor here. It’s the coming of the railways, it?s Elvis shaking his hips. It’s cars going over 25 miles per hour and making people explode, he said.

The same misplaced moral panic that greeted rock’n'roll as Times Online puts it. Well worth a read.