smannheim's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PC)
| [January 21, 2009 12:07:23 AM]
| I know I should try to focus my attention on the ethical situations I face in playing this game, but I just can't stop getting sidetracked by the ridiculous and useless gameplay additions.|
I have to get a haircut for my mission to be complete? I have to change my clothes? I have to eat? WHAT?
This is not the Sims, okay? This is Grand Theft Auto. As much as I love it, I want my time playing God limited to when I play the Sims - I absolutely do not want it to spill over to when I'm playing GTA. I don't care if my character hasn't eaten. I don't care if he's wearing the wrong colored shirt. I don't care if my haircut is not hood enough for my gang banging buddies. Seriously, I can hijack a car in a wifebeater just as easily as I can in a green hoodie. I can gain health by walking through little floating hearts instead of spending money at a pizza place. I am not amused with the silly haircut options I have, come on. I just want to steal cars, beat prostitutes, and play with flamethrowers, rocking an afro or a buzz cut, I don't care. Am I so wrong for that?
Obviously, this game is ethically corrupt in many ways. The negative stereotypes, for instance, are just inappropriate, and really come out of left field half of the time. But aside from the obvious unethical content, language, and violence parts of the game, there is the not so obvious side that makes it almost impossible to make an moral decision while playing GTA.
When I try to drive well, for example, - ignoring the fact that I had to steal a car to drive - I am unable to do so successfully. The game is actually missing stoplights, so a lot of the time I don't know whether or not I am allowed to cross through the intersection. There are stoplights for cars traveling perpendicular to me, I can see them, but I have no stoplight. What am I to do? I could pray that nobody hits me and I could just go, or I could wait there for all eternity waiting for a patch to come out that would put a stoplight in front of me. Neither is a good option, but I'll have to settle on the first. I don't know if legally this is the correct thing to do, though, because I don't think that there are actual laws regarding intersections with forgotten stoplights. At least I hope not, because there shouldn't be any need for such laws in reality.
Let's just say, though, that I happened to run a red light, and I cut off a cop car in the process. The cop car wouldn't stop me. They wouldn't put on their sirens. They would just let me go, pretending I didn't just run a red. Where is my motivation to act morally if there is no punishment when I act immorally?
Also, speaking of cops, they are completely immune to violence towards me by others, but as soon as I put a toe somewhere it's not wanted, I've got a cop after me. Earlier today, I was driving in the neighborhood of a rival gang, who began to shoot at me. To escape the unprecedented shootings, I sped off, and accidentally ran over a pedestrian. The cop who had been in front of me the whole time ignored the fact that I was an innocent victim getting shot at for no reason, and tried to arrest me for running over a pedestrian accidentally.
I feel like everybody is out to get me.
The game is obviously trying to turn me into a schizophrenic narcissist, which just can't be good for my ethical decision making skills.
I don't know, GTA, I just don't know with you anymore.
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| [January 17, 2009 07:56:09 PM]
| Despite the fact that I am already completely addicted to the game, I am not in love with it. The negative stereotypes are still really baffling to me, and I just can't understand why the game developers felt it was necessary to include in the game.|
I completed a mission today where I had to beat up rival gang members for bringing crack onto the streets. It is a good enough cause, I suppose, except that after the mission is completed, my gang member buddy starts talking about how it was a victory for our gang. Not because we got crack off of the streets, but because we were successful at beating cracked up gang members. In the car ride home, he talks about how he's going to enjoy this victorious moment while it lasts. At the start of the next mission, it is obvious that he is too drunk or high off of something to even drive. What a great message this game is sending to children: killing crack dealers is a good thing, and the best way to celebrate is to get high! YEAH!
I'm not in love.
Excuse me now, while I go play for another two hours.
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| [January 15, 2009 11:53:41 PM]
| I've heard many complaints about San Andreas, mostly involving the ridiculously giant map and the unnecessary skills you have to learn for each mission that you will never utilize again, but I haven't heard any complaints or comments about the content of the game itself, which is exactly what I have.|
To start, the main character has changed from the usual GTA guy, which is fine, except that the new one is so stereotyped it's absurd. He is now a young, African-American man fresh out of jail, trying to avenge his mother's murder. He lives in a run down, violence filled neighborhood, straight out of the stereotypical American ghetto. A video plays explaining how "shit be fucked up G up in this bitch," and other things of that nature.
The first mission with this new character involves biking away from a rival gang, as they shoot at you out of their car windows for no apparent reason. I remember, way back when, that in GTA 2 you could be in a rival gang's neighborhood and they wouldn't mess with you until you messed with them. That's not the case anymore.
Meanwhile, as you are being lynched by gang members, the people on the street are heard shouting things such as "Yo Dawg, where's the weed at?" and "Nigga what you doing?"
I am not surprised at the profanity, violence, or the general obscene nature of the game, but the stereotyping really threw me for a loop. One interesting thing I noticed was that whenever I stole a car from a black character, the music on the radio was hip hop, as opposed to the talk radio or teeny bopper music that was being played in the cars of white folk.
I miss my fancy Italian mansion and my hookers and limos. I miss my streets filled with pseudo-BMWs and Jaguars. The psuedo-Escalade just doesn't cut it for me.
I can't imagine any person playing this game and feeling like they can identify with it, which seems like the road the game developers are going with it, so far. Go back to the greasy Italians. That's a stereotype we all enjoyed.
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