Shadow's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2)
| [July 23, 2010 10:35:56 PM]
| So, once again on the PC. It has been getting easier mousing with my foot, but piloting a plane turned out rather impossible. |
So, while playing, I noticed there were a few racial remarks or jokes. But it really seemed like what we discussed in class - is ok to make a non-flattering movie about something? Well, racial issues exist, are you going to sacrifice realism just so kids that theoretically shouldn't be playing anyway don't decide something or other. As with Resident Evil - it's ok to kill Spaniards, but Africans in Africa?! That's racist! Apparently. Everyone in the game, regardless of race seems pretty criminal or corrupt. One cop makes a comment about Mexicans and then realizes his squadmate is Mexican. It's clearly done as a joke. I think the game just wants to portray realistic characters that fit with the gameplay. The main character just happens to be African American. But maybe I just haven't played enough, I certainly didn't do the missions.
I could say a lot about how I feel about the topic, but I'll try to stick to the game.
I didn't really do much with the game itself. It's a sandbox and I treated it like one. I drove around and caused a *MASSIVE* pile up by pulling over to the side, ending with cars on top of each other and explosions.
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| [July 23, 2010 02:28:19 AM]
| Day 2, this time on the computer|
The controls are next to impossible. Being left handed is tough with gaming usually. I ended up using my foot to control the camera. I was only able to get some of the buttons working for an XBox controller. It became a messy mixture of keyboard, mouse, and XBox controls.
So I decided to use cheats. As I feel you should for this kind of game. That's also the topic of ethics in this log. Many people feel like cheats are unethical or something. If it were me vs someone else and I could use cheats and they couldn't then I could see it as being unethical or wrong or something, but when it's me vs computer who cares?
Games are supposed to be fun, if the cheats are making it more fun (and they are!), they are good. And they're part of the game anyway. All GTA games feature a long list of very funny cheats.
I used one to make all my punches super lethal and another to make all the people in the town fire rocket launchers when they saw me. It was amusing to see as soon as I entered the code, everyone turned to me, stopped their cars and got out, and all ran straight at me. When I got out the hospital, a missile came out of nowhere and instantly put me back in. This went on for probably half an hour as I tried to make my way to somewhere I could save. I eventually got away, but had to use a money cheat to buy a house to save. Also inside was a pixelated semi-pornographic image. So more ethics there, too.
In short, steroids - bad; flying cars - good.
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| [July 21, 2010 11:31:51 PM]
| So, as tempted as I was to claim I played this on the NGage, I decided I was being graded for this after all.|
I had one simple goal - fly a plane. The problem with the modern GTAs is that they go for realism, in my opinion. (Which is why they removed planes from the future versions) They strive for more "realistic" gameplay with fancy plots about morality and physics. GTA players would probably agree with my statement that "I don't play GTA to tackle moral issues and consider my actions or their value or blah blah blah" No, you go on a mass killing spree, the army shows up, eventually you get "Wasted", rinse and repeat. Also the cars used to be much easier and more fun to drive.
The thing though is while you seemingly blow up, run over, or shoot thousands of people as well as steal their cars, you don't feel like you inconvenienced anyone in their world at all. You don't even consider now that guy who's car you stole now has to walk to work, let alone 'I have slaughtered half a city'.
Will people come to see other real people like this? I doubt it.
Reading through some of the other entries, I've noticed people seem to care mostly about the language of all things. The amount of shock the writers conveyed shocked me. I admit even I noticed some sexist remarks, but perhaps only because I was listening for them. But it certainly didn't seem like the biggest moral issue in the game. Maybe they just don't have anything better to write about.
The rest of log is dedicated to telling about my exciting adventure. Plane included.
As I said, I wanted to fly a plane. The game, however, decided to try to force its plot on me or something. I decided to make use of my bike and peddle around the whole map via train. Hopefully ending in train to bike combat. Unfortunately, a train snuck up on me. I survived the encounter though. I then reached a part of the game where the game wanted me to have done plot to move on, so I swam across. Swimming - an ability I would come to regret... I then found another train, but with no bike, it became fist to train combat. I ended up clipping through the train and discovered you can steal them! I forced the conductor to jump a cliff and a long chase involving the police ensued and I eventually derailed and died.
But then I finally found the airport! Apparently they wanted me to do some flying school, so I just made a bridge out of cars and snuck in. My first plane ride ended like 9/11, but then I grabbed another one and climbed as high as I thought I could go and bailed out. I fell for a few game hours and hit water. I then spent well over half a day of continuous swimming through a terrible storm to reach land. In that time, I leveled up my stats at least three times. And then I got out, got back in and drowned myself and went to my next class.
If only I had a memory card... :/
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