| After playing the game today for about 45 minutes, along with all the previous times I have played San Andreas I can see where parents might deter their children from being exposed to such graphic violence. I think that the Mature game rating of San Andreas fits due to the violence, content, and language the game entails. After i entered the cheats for the three sets of weapons I searched for the sniper rifle, and as soon as I found it it was time to get graphic. I used the jetpack cheat to get to the top of a building and thenpulled out my sniper. I then proceeded to aim at pedestrian's heads, fired and watch their headless bodies fall to the ground. This type of imagery may not be suitable for a young child to view or do even though it is a video game. I am going to be a parent eventually one day and games such as San Andreas would worry me if my 8 year old way playing it. Another example of the violence I pursued while playing the game was punching in the Spawn Tanker cheat, in which a huge tank appears on screen. I then proceeded to get into it and run over people for no reason. Although at a mature age I know all the types of violence within San Andreas is wrong and unrealistic, I mean a tank just does not pop out of nowhere, I can see where parents get upset at the fact the San Andreas along with all the Grand Theft Autos can make a bad impression on a young mind. |
I believe that San Andreas shows the extreme violence that occurs in reality only to an exaggerated degree. Of course there are shootings, hit and runs, and crime thug life going on in the United States, and San Andreas is a game that personifies that notion in an exaggerated manner. I know that San Andreas is an extremely violent game that should be out of reach of younger children, but I think that it is not the rot of all evil as some people would make you think. I have done all the damage I can while playing this game for these three sessions and yes sometimes it was fun to do, but I know the difference between video game and reality. This is why I think that parents get worried, they believe that games like San Andreas will have their children believe they can perform the acts going on in the game, which is definitely not the case.
One of my favorite aspects of the game is if for whatever reasons your killed, you have infinite lives. This is another reason why people should relax with criticisms of the game because I have not seen many come back to live after they are shot 15 times. San Andreas has a notion of invincibility which is not a realistic idea that i think people understand. In all, I love playing San Andreas because it gets me a chance to do thing I would never think of doing in real life, and it is entertaining to see what limits your character can push with regards to the law.
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