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    Mar 15th, 2010 at 22:24:36     -    Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas (PS2)

    I live in a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, a lot of the scenes that are present in GTA- San Andreas mirror things that happen in my neighborhood. Last week there was a police chase that could have easily been something that happened on the video game. There were so many police cars after a single car and the police had been following the car full of young guys for some time. The car crashed into a home across the street from where we live, and all the police cars surrounded the car. The individuals were arrested but I had never seen so many police officers at one time. That scene reminded me of all those times police cars chased CJ on GTA - San Andreas. It is crazy how close the game is able to portray these events, but I do find it offensive for those individuals who have to live in this type of environment to have a video game mock what they go through everyday.

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    Mar 15th, 2010 at 20:39:17     -    Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas (PS2)

    As I continue playing the game it has continue to strike me how heavy the game relies on stereotypes and issues of racism. The characters in the video game are portrayed in stereotypical manners and those characters of color especially are portrayed under a negative light. I feel that games like this one are making profit off of stereotypes and violence. Although this game is supposed to be for entertainment purpose, I do believe that we are guilty for not stopping the production and consumption of violent products like this one. It is one thing to show the reality of violence and another to glorify the effects of violence. I feel that GTA-San Andreas glorifies the effects of violence to a point were it seems normal and even fun to kill people, rob and steal.

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    Mar 8th, 2010 at 11:56:13     -    Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas (PS2)

    I think after playing the game for a few weeks now, the violence is not as bad as the first time I played the game. The language is pretty intense at times, but I do think that the creators tried hard to make it seem like it was an urban setting. This time was also one of the longest period I played for and after a while it become normal to fight off people, steal, and kill others.

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    Mar 8th, 2010 at 11:35:38     -    Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas (PS2)

    Since this is probably one of the first vide games I play since Mario Bros, I find it really cool how the character is able to move and jump almost like a real person. Also when the person begins bleeding, it definitely looks like something you will see in real life. As for the violence, I don't like how it is used for entertainment purposes, instead of promoting awareness or trying to stop the violence it is glorified in this game. It was also the first time I died, and it was not what I was expecting. Towards the end the more I fought of or the "better" I got at the game the more I was being attacked. Until finally I died, I was surrounded by cops.

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