Speaking on GameTrailers' Game Head show, The Simpsons Game executive producer Matt Selman explained the controversy surrounding the Grand Theft Scratchy level and offered his opinion on how Rockstar has reacted.
"The game begins with Bart wanting to play a game called Grand Theft Scratchy. Of course this is a parody of Grand Theft Auto. And Marge immediately takes it away from him. She tries to clean up the town and stop the game from being distributed in Springfield because Marge is against video game violence. She uses horrific violence to stop video game violence... in a video game," said Selman. "That's called irony... The people who make Grand Theft Auto, they spazzed out like little babies."
Matt Warburton, the game's senior producer also offered his opinion on the controversy, stating: "They're supposed to be rockstars... That's not a big Rockstar move, to be afraid of The Simpsons making fun of their game."
Selman did have some positive things to say about GTA though: "Their games are amazing," he said, before having a final dig at the upcoming GTA4. "Trust me, I'll be the first person in line to play Grand Theft Auto 4... in five years when it comes out."
The Simpsons Game is scheduled for release on Xbox 360, Wii, PS2 and DS on November 2, followed a week later on PS3 and PSP.