Today, once again, I got disgusted about GTA San Andreas because of the violence within the game. I am saying this because the only way to get money (at least for what I have seen) is robbing people or even worst, killing them. Honestly, I did not do any of those things, but I read on the internet, that you can kill practically everyone you want; from a police officer to old people. This did really bother me a lot because the game pushes players to do unethical actions such as killing and stealing.
Furthermore, the game forces players to be violent. For example, in one mission I had to go to my house, and instead of walking or stealing a car, I thought to get a taxi, and pay for the ride. But the game did not allow me to do that. Instead, as soon as I tried to enter the taxi, the game interpreted my action as if I wanted to steal the vehicle.
Moreover, another reason that made me dislike this game is because it may promote violence. In addition, I think that players that play this game could become in the long run less sensitive about violence. For example, when I was 14 years old, my friend and I saw the movie "Warriors" which both of us enjoyed very much. The problem is what my friend asked when the movie ended. He said: "Pino, what do you think if we make a gang? Come on man! I know people that would be excited about this!! On top of that, your mother can sew our jackets!! And later we can go and brake stores' windows and make graffiti! So? What do you think?!" I remember that I was astonished about his querying. I remember asking him if he was serious and he replied to me by saying: "Sure! Let's do it. We can be like the warriors in the movie; have our headquarter on the beach!" I am sure that not everyone after seeing the movie "Warrior" ended up in gangs, but still, it could happen.
But, when it comes to video-games, I think the chances to do unethical actions are much higher because even though violent games have age restrictions, parents do not really pay attention to them. Consequently, many times violent games such CTA San Andreas are played by people much younger than 16 years old, and it is much easier for them to distort reality. They could think that what happens in the game reflects the real world.
Because of these reasons, I think GTA San Andreas is not a very ethical game because it pushes players to behave in unethical ways. This is my honest opinion, and I am sure there are people out there that are not going to agree with my view.
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