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    Nov 4th, 2010 at 13:36:57     -    Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas (PS2)

    Today I really didn't feel like playing the game. I just wanted to shoot some people and steal cars and all of that. So, that's what I did. I stole some cars so I could explore the territory. There were roadblocks because I hadn't unlocked those areas. At one of the roadblocks I jumped in the river next to it and swam across to the other side. It turns out that the police will kill you if you do that. I also beat some people up to get money. I got bored so I looked up some cheat codes. I got really big muscles and all the best weapons. Then I got a tank and just reeked havoc on the town. I don't play a game to drive around and do normal things. Playing a game is about action, about doing things and unlocking challenges and trying to play it. I don't really like the game-play of this game, its too realistic for me. Some people have a lot of time to work out as a character in a game but I'd rather get down to it. I didn't feel bad about any of the stuff I was doing because its not real, I think anything that's not real is totally arbitrary. I think children shouldn't be able to play this game because most psychological studies show an inability to distinguish between virtual and actual reality in children of a certain age. Making that distinction is essential to understanding what your doing and how its effecting you.

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    Nov 2nd, 2010 at 10:32:52     -    Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas (PS2)

    This time I didn't do the missions mainly because I didn't have a memory card so I had to start over. I wanted to find a boat, when I play vice city I usually try and spend a lot of time trying to get a boat. In San Andreas I learned that I could swim. How cool, if you even touch water in vice city you die so swimming is huge. I stole a boat and drove it around for a while, it's pretty awesome. I didn't really get into trouble at all for doing it. I wonder if you took this as reality, if no one sees you do something illegal you can get away with it. My girlfriends car was stolen earlier this year and we haven't heard anything back from the police. It makes me wonder, will you get caught if your careful enough? And then why wouldn't you do it? This really is based on the idea of if a tree falls in a forest and no one can hear it does it make a sound? What really is at steak here is understanding the effects our actions have on people we have never met. This is definitely a reality in America, on a larger scale especially. We don't really care about people who aren't American. We don't care that our economic policies are the cause of our immigration problem, we can't see beyond our own borders to the effects of our policies. The great ethical problem with America is this, how do we make people care about other people who are across the globe?

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    Oct 28th, 2010 at 10:58:21     -    Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas (PS2)

    I have played GTA before but never this version. It's kind of strange right of the start because you aren't the greasy Italian guy you were before. In this version your a you black man in a poor urban neighborhood. This is problematic from the start, I think having a black character isn't inherently bad but when you get the chance to play that character they are poor and involved in gang activity. This is where the intention of the creators is not always the same as the effect on the consumer. At the same time you start off the game and your angry and someone is trying to beat you up, then someone is shooting at you. It's a totally bogus set up. It is funny that you get fat from eating too much. This whole game experience is strange, maybe because it is close to reality or maybe not. I think there is a comfort in distance from the story, that's why thing like San Andreas or the Columbine game are so unnerving, those were real for us, or have some sense of reality. WWII is more or less a national myth and so those games are fine, even war in general is mostly a part of our imagination but gang violence, at least for me, is something I have seen the effects of first hand.

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