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    Sep 22nd, 2009 at 22:30:53     -    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (360)

    Stealing, murdering innocents, picking up hookers . . . all while the general public stands and watches. I think it's almost as bad for those watching and doing nothing as it is for me committing all these violent acts. Maybe the game creators are trying to form some social commentary . . . on second thought, me hanging out the window with an automatic weapon and shooting at cars, I'm not sure if social commentary is the point of this game. I think the new questions is . . . in light of what we discussed in class, is it ethical to do these things if everyone in this "other world" agrees with them? If I can steal a cop's motorcycle and nobody does anything, is it ethical? I think that because these people exist in another world that "they" have their own code of mores. I also am of the impression that people get bogged down talking about how "offensive" the game is, when the real ethical questions center on the relation between reality and the game. I admit . . . it was enjoyable to steal cars and shoot people. But I think that derives from a kind of sick curiosity that all humans have whether they want to admit it or not. For that purpose, the game allows me to live out thoughts that may have crossed my mind (though I wouldn't dare carry them out). While many ethically minded people would argue that the game promotes criminal behavior, I would counter that it stops many from carrying out these thoughts in real life. Regardless, it's a cool game to play, even if I am really terrible at it.

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    Sep 21st, 2009 at 21:14:28     -    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (360)

    After not having much video game experience, the introduction video gave me a brief background on CJ, and how he was returning to his neighborhood. The ethics of police officers right away, struck me as off. The police stole CJ's money, and then told him they would eventually need him, so they essentially extort CJ. The core controls were a little difficult to grasp at first, but once I was able to gain the controls, I felt I was able to enjoy the game more. Exploring the map and gaining different "tools" after I killed certain people. The citizens take a unique approach in this game, because they actually decide to jump in the way of traffic, as opposed to avoiding it. If you also decide to walk around the sidewalks, the racial slurs and just plain street talk that can be heard is very offensive and inappropriate.

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