IanH's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PC)
| [October 5, 2010 12:29:21 PM]
| Today, I played a 3rd hour of GTA: San Andreas. When I left CJ's house, I received a phone call from Officer Hernandez, a officer who works for Tenpenny. I was warned to not leave the city, and CJ didn't seem to respect the policeman at all. He was cursing at Hernandez, and I expected something to break out from it, but nothing happened.|
I went to "B. Dup's Crib" to start a mission, and I ended up having to beat up a crack dealer. I took his bat, and then had to break into the "Crack Den" to knock some heads. There was a hooker servicing some man when my character broke into the Crack Den, and other guys were sitting around stoned. Seconds later, I was in a fight alongside of CJ's friend, which I believe was Sweet.
After the fighting was over, we drove to another person's house for some reason, and it turned out that the guy that used to be CJ's good friend didn't respect him at all. He also had a "base" slave, which was a man that did anything for the guy to get crack in return.
Afterwards, we picked up the rest of the gang and went to get food. I thought it was funny when one of the guys ordered twice as much as everyone else put together. Everyone turned and stared at him. I started to drive off, but was attacked by Ballas in a drive-by. This became a mission to kill the Ballas that attacked us, so we did so. I was able to pick up one of their guns, so I did and drove home to save my game.
When I finished that, I was told to get a new look and to try out some weights, so I went to a clothing store and changed my look. I noticed that my character looked a lot like Eddie Murphy. I then went to lift some weights and was rejected by a trainer. I then learned that I could sprint around by rapidly pressing the space bar, and I did the same on the exercise bike. I lost 2 ticks of weight, and also gained two ticks of strength from dumbells.
I then went to get a new gun with Sweet, and noticed that aiming sideways magically works and is the only way to aim and shoot in the game. Disappointing.After I got my gun, I returned home and saved the game.
I will continue to play the game until I complete it, but this is my final entry for the GameLog diary.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a decent game, but it creates a fictional yet almost parallel world to ours in which everyone on the streets a gangster or hooker. There is a motivation of "family" in the game, but it is much like a mafia style of family. Everyone is fighting for drugs, money, reputation, and most of all: territory.
I have read much and heard about GTA in the news, but I think of it as just a game. However, it definitely should not be played by someone under a mature age (listed as 17 or older). There is a lot of violence and what I believe to be immoral activity going on.
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| [October 4, 2010 11:43:39 PM]
| Day 2 of San Andreas:|
I am starting to get used to the controls, but they are very strange to me since they force me to uncomfortably reach over to press the Return key all the time. I should re-bind or map it to another key.
I spent ~45 minutes to clear the paint mission because I forgot to save and had to start from before I got my character's hair cut and food, and failed miserably when I was nearly done with the 'tagging' mission. I evaded the Ballas members in the beginning part, but the police caught me on the later part. I drove around to escape and ended up flipping my car, which makes it blow up and fail the mission.
At the final part of the mission, an on-foot policeman stood behind me when I tagged another area without looking around. He chased me along with the Ballas since they also saw me spray over their tag, but I seemed to be able to outrun them rather easily, and without the officer calling in backup. I think in the real world, I would've been caught easily.
After I completed the mission, I was awarded "reputation" and money. A cutscene showed my character saying "C.R.A.S.H. took all my papers", and I have yet to figure out what that stands for.
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| [October 4, 2010 11:10:32 PM]
| (From Oct 3rd)|
Today was my first day playing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas by Rockstar Games. It is a third-person action/sandbox game that involves the life of a black man named Carl Johnson.
The game's opening cinematic narrates CJ's current life in San Andreas. He is just returning to his home when he is notified about his mother's death. When he gets home, he meets up with his family and friends, and is debriefed on the situation with the surrounding gangs. On a side note, I noticed policeman named Officer Tenpenny sounded a lot like Samuel L. Jackson. It also took me about 10 minutes to get used to the controls, since I am playing the PC-ported version. That is longer than I expected.
The first challenge I was introduced was to steal a bike after being shot up by the invading gang called "Front Yard Ballas", part of the "Ballas" Faction. I thought it was odd that I needed to steal a bike to complete an objective. The next task was to "tag", or spray-paint graffiti of CJ's gang over other tags. I also was put into a situation where I had to spray paint into Ballas gang members eyes, and run from the police.
I also noticed that the only non-black people I saw in-game were some of the police officers and the food vendors. I could easily see someone complain about that, but I don't mind it myself.
Something that I found to be very cool was the radio station system. There are many tracks that are played, and I was quickly fooled into thinking it was some sort of internet stream. I looked it up on the internet, and found out that 20-some DJs mixed and recorded radio sessions that could be dynamically altered and included weather forecasts related to the game.
I ended my hour-long session after I was killed by the police after trying to avoid being shot by them.
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