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    Jul 25th, 2010 at 18:39:02     -    Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas (PS2)

    Gamelog has decided to keep logging me out as I try and write my final log for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, but this isn't even half as frustrating as all of the difficulties I've had with the game itself. Day three of playing was, admittedly, the easiest of my attempts at this game. But this was not because of the game itself, more a personal choice I had made. I decided that there was no way I was going to continue trying to do that first mission again because, well, quite frankly, it just wasn't going to happen (me getting past it that is) so I felt like spending another few hours toiling away at just trying to beat that first mission would be a huge waste of my time.

    With this in mind I decided that I was going to go back to the roots of what GTA was made for, I was going to beat people up, steal their guns and money, and commit some good old fashioned GTA. At this point I had at least gotten down how to beat people up and take their guns and money, that was probably the only thing I had gotten right in the whole game so far. Stealing cars was just has hard as the missions were for me, no matter what I did I seemed to get caught by the cops, no matter that not a single time had I seen any within sight before I started! It was really quite annoying andmade me miss the older versions of the game I had played as a kid.

    While I did have all of these problems trying to figure out the game, I did try and keep in mind that this is for an ethics class and I did try and take in all of the things going on around me. After about 10 minutes into this third playing of the game, I finally got so fed up with how repetitive and eye-roll worthy all of the comments being made by the various hookers and drug dealers were and put the game on mute. I wish I wouldn't have been so distracted by figuring out the game as to have spent more time thinking about the actual ethical issues within it, but in the end they just became an annoyance instead of anything that actually actively upset or bothered me. They became a distraction from me actually being able to figure out the game itself! I guess all that does is proves that often you'll hear something in a movie or game and it will effect you entirely differently than it would if you were constantly hearing it in real life. I know if I constantly had anyone cat calling or yelling at me in real life I'd be more much upset and insulted and a lot less merely annoyed.

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    Jul 20th, 2010 at 23:56:52     -    Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas (PS2)

    So here we go, session two. After my first session with the game was so frustrating and unsuccessful I decided to start over and make sure I hadn't missed anything in the tip boxes.

    It was only after I realized I had missed the box telling you to follow the 'CJ' sign that I realized where I had messed up so badly while I was trying to get the whole bike thing down. At this point I was just relieved that I finally was able to move on in the game without the confusion I was previously wrapped up in. But this new clarity didn't really last very long. At one point it took me 10 minutes to get back to the previous point to restart a mission because I had no idea how to steal cars yet and had died so I had also lost my bike! I found it almost impossible to keep up with the mission and honestly spent the whole allotted half hour just redoing the same mission! It was unfortunately only the first one so it yet again left me in this place of deep frustration about how much this game doesn't seem first-time-user friendly, which is really important in my opinion if you want to go from a buyers perspective. How am I suppose to enjoy a game if I have to do the same mission 25 times just to move on!

    Again I spent way more than the allotted 30 minutes playing, but have come up empty in my abilities to actually push through the game, I have a feeling that this is just a sign I should probably stick to first person shooters and RPGs.

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    Jul 19th, 2010 at 22:24:46     -    Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas (PS2)

    I was pretty excited to play this game because I used to play it when I was younger all the time over the summers (think ages 10-14 so it was a sizeable amount of years ago). I also have always been a huge fan of Need For Speed Underground 2. I've always been a gamer so I definitely didn't think I was going to run into all of the problems I've had getting back into the swing of things!

    The first part of the game all you are given is a bike and it took me a good 10-15 minutes just to figure out how to really get down the bike riding, stopping, maneuvering, and how to slow down right when you make sharp turns so as to not skid in circles. I then proceeded to spend at least the next 20 minutes just riding around hitting things, running people over, there was honestly no good reason for this besides that I was told this was the best use of the game. It took me about that log to get really serious about finding out how to actually do things.

    After another 20 minutes I still could not figure out how to talk to people, I pressed all the buttons, tried targeting people and nothing worked! It became incredibly frustrating and not once did a box pop up to give me any help at all, except when I got arrested for beating someone up in front of a cop. I never expected that I would even have a fraction of the problems I was having in trying to figure out how to proceed within the game! All this did was frustrate me even more, though I was determined to at least figure out how to talk to people (the ability I was seemingly missing) before I gave up for the night and stopped playing until my next log.

    I was determined not to use any cheats or walkthroughs but after an hour and a half of play I buckled. I looked up a walkthrough (no cheats though! I was determined to play my 3 sessions fair and square as far as that went) just in the interest of being able to figure out how to talk to other people so I could complete at least one mission in my 1st session, which was not far over the minimum/expected time of 30 minutes.

    After I found out the command to talk to people and still was unable to find anyone the game would actually let me speak to I went back to beating people up and trying to amass weapons, which ended up getting me killed. I figured after almost 2 hours of not being able to figure out the fundamental ability of being able to speak to anyone and getting killed that maybe it was time to call it a night and wait on session 2 before I got so frustrated that I threw my controller at my TV.

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