According to a website report by local broadcast station KLAS-TV, Las Vegas officials are already upset about the use of their city in Ubisoft’s forthcoming next generation action title Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas
, which was showcased at May's E3 Expo.
Mayor Oscar Goodman claims the game is based on a “false premise”. The Las Vegas Review-Journal quotes Goodman as saying, “It could be harmful economically, and it may be something that's not entitled to free speech. I will ask ... whether or not we can stop it." The report points out that the mayor has not seen any footage from the game.
Goodman has asked the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to look into whether the game infringes on any Las Vegas trademarks. Officials from MGM Mirage will also apparently investigate the game’s content, with a view towards taking legal action. The game features a mixture of accurately modeled Las Vegas landmarks, partially altered names, and completely fictional buildings and areas.
The Review-Journal also quotes Sheriff Bill Young as saying: "It's unfortunate that we're the backdrop for a lot of stuff because of our profile. I'm not a big believer on pushing violence on young people anymore, particularly the more-realistic stuff that's coming out today."