GTA San Andreas is the first game of the GTA series that I am playing and to be honest, this would be also the last one. The main reason that made me say that is GTA San Andreas' stereotypes about ethnicity. For example, I noticed by fooling around in San Andreas that most of the gangs and drug dealers were African-Americans or Hispanics, whereas police officers were mostly white. The only African-American police officers that I saw were the ones in the intro-cut scene and they were corrupted and abusing their power.
For this reason, I think the game may send the wrong message to the players by letting them think that this is how San Andreas or even worse the USA is: a typical city/country full of corruption, gangs and drugs. For example, last year as soon my 16 years old nephew that lives in Italy played the game, he called me asking if drug dealers were mostly African-American.
Moreover, while playing this game, I felt in some way disgusted because it was going against my moral beliefs.The game violates my beliefs by showing that the "holy" ethnicity is Caucasian by reinforcing the stereotypes that African-Americans and Hispanics are the bad ones, like a cancer that is affecting San Andreas. Maybe I am too picky, but being raised to consider everyone at my same level independently from their ethnicity, I really did get upset playing this game.
Consequently, after my first game session, I believe that this game is distorting the truth by showing completely different events from the real world by stereotyping some ethnicities.
I now finally understand why this game raised controversy when it came out.
P.S. The real population in San Andreas, has a very small percentage of Hispanics and African-Americans (http://www.city-data.com/city/San-Andreas-California.html) whereas, in the game it looks the opposite showing that most of the population is African-American and Hispanics.
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