HandsomeRob741's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (XBX)
| [October 5, 2008 10:15:50 PM]
| Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas isn't the type of game that many people would see as a family friendly game. This game might not be for appropriate for everyone to play, but when looking at the main characters interactions within the game you might think notice that it holds a lot of principles that make a family work. |
For instance, the main character, CJ, comes home from a long absence to attend his mother’s funeral. While this may not be very sentimental for those who play the game, this is actually an instance in a very violent and controversial game where caring and concern comes into play.
CJ shows genuine concern for his family and although he may have not been home until his mother died, he did come back and he does, within the game, attempt to show loyalty towards his family. In a world that is known by some as "dog eat dog" you must do what you have to in order to survive and protect those who you care for. If that means that his life and his morals tell him to go out and do what he does because for his family, then is that so wrong.
While some would consider this as ridiculous or even ignorant, you have to understand that people are different and their lives and the society in which they live are different as well. While most of his actions many people would consider morally wrong within the game, as he is going about doing such things as killing people and stealing, he shows a genuine concern for those that he cares about. He wants to protect his family and maybe actually, in a crazy way to many, make it better for himself as well as others.
Overall this game is not a very good example of one that is concerned with making moral decisions and ethical choices. But just as many things in life, those on the outside might not understand the exact motives that make him do such things. One ideal is held throughout the game so far, and that is that he cares and wants to help his family and friends. That is an ideal I hold high in my life and can only hope others do as well.
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| [October 5, 2008 08:51:51 PM]
| What is your stereotype? Are you a computer nerd? Are you a punk, or maybe a hippie? Many people that I talk to would actually not have a stereotype that they would put themselves under. Stereotypes are usually mean and negative in their direction. When dealing with a younger persons mind or even the minds that are to sheltered to understand, we have to understand that these stereotypes, even in "harmless" video games, might affect them in a negative manner.|
In one of the most controversial games of the last 10 years, GTA : San Andreas depicts a life of a "Gangster" living in a broken down neighborhood with hookers walking along the road like they are leaves on the trees. For those who don't have much of a grasp on what society is like outside of their small communities, this might actually be the closest thing that they have ever seen to a city with the residents being predominantly African Americans. While living in Indiana for 3 years, I can honestly say that there are still people out there who believe all African Americans act, talk and even closely resemeble the behavior that is depicted in this game. I know that RockStar Games, the makers of the GTA series, really didn't mean to depict all African Americans like that, but the simple fact is, some people just don't know what life is like outside of their small farm communites or suburbs. This game is probably the best example of a game that depicts a stereotype of a certain race. While you might have a few other races mixed in, African Americans are the predominant race, and this game doesn't make them seem even civilized at all. San Andreas lets those who believe the stereotype keep believing and eventually even despise a whole race of people without even having met one.
To me it is a sad day when a game like this is created. Personally I love RockStar Games and everything that the company helps create, but I still don’t think that some of the people in our country are intelligent enough to look beyond the fact that this is just a game. Very few, or if any, African Americans that I know even come close to talking like this. Not every city is over run by hookers and drive by shootings. This game is full of questionable morals and sometimes, a game like San Andreas might have been better left in the minds of those who created it.
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