Najyah's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PC)
| [July 26, 2010 12:43:25 PM]
| After playing GTA: San Andreas several times, the game became an opportunity for accomplishment. I was trying to complete more missions than the last time but I couldn’t. I should admit that people who play these videogames are very smart because it is not easy at all. I think what attract people but not me is that this video game contains a lot of challenges, which are mandatory in order to complete the game. You should spend lots of hours and concentrate only on the game forgetting about the world around you. However, I did not understand how the map works or where I should exactly go. I was not doing the right thing by not following the map. That was a real problem I faced in the game. Geography is not one of my favorite subjects and I have a hard time to understand maps everywhere. |
I did have to mute my computer because I did not want my son to hear the bad language. There are a lot of swears and whenever some one walk beside you he says offensive words.
GTA: San Andreas promotes sexuality, violence, strong language, and racism. It has more than one negative side. I think parents need to know more about this game to protect their kids. I can say that this game has every abnormal accomplish that a criminal could think of. When players participate in shooting, robbing, and killing they will be affected by the big amount of aggression they are received. Moreover, when you hear such swears and awful words for ten times in a game, you will use them unconsciously in real life. I am thankful it did not happen with me but I can see it happening with teen-agers and kids.
I will try this time to apply Act Utilitarianism on the general idea of GTA: San Andreas including all the bad behaviors in the game. It is obvious that GTA: San Andreas promotes sexuality, violence, strong language, and racism.
The benefits of this GTA: San Andreas are entertainment for players and lots of money for designers and publishers. On the other hand, the harms of GTA: San Andreas are more and worse than the benefits. Players are getting aggressive behaviors and learn awful stuff from the game. Also, parents spend most of their time teaching their kids good behaviors and these videogames are destroying everything Moreover, these kinds of videogames are negatively influence players’ observation, feelings and behaviors. Therefore, GTA: San Andreas is an unethical and immoral game. I think we should protect our generation from these virtual diseases to prevent the harms.
Briefly, Grand Theft Auto is an extremely aggressive game involving the stealing of cars, escaping the police, and killing people. I do not recommend this game for anyone under any circumstances. In my opinion, GTA: San Andreas is unethical videogame form all the perspectives.
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| [July 26, 2010 01:24:58 AM]
| Two missions had been completed successfully! That was my second time playing GTA: San Andreas and it was much better than the first time. I became familiar with most of the features and controlling the game became easier than before. I was trying to collect money and spend them immediately. I had a new haircut and a fabulous tattoo. However, I faced many unacceptable behaviors and I was surprised to find them in a videogame. At the beginning of the game, the police officers yelled at the cad driver “ Stupid Mexican”. After playing many times, many new thoughts appeared to me. The idea of violence was my main concern last log but now I am concerned with the game’s depiction of race. Playing the game and reading the research study about the meaning of race in GTA: San Andreas was very helpful for me. |
"That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way." ~~ Doris Lessing
I took the critics’ opinions as evidences to my thoughts about racisms in this game. The popular media’s representation of African American males as hyper violent and criminal is presented in the game as one of the racism aspects. According to DeVane and Kurt, the portrayal of African American and Latino communities as hubs for violence and criminally both reifies discriminatory stereotypes and provides young adolescents with negative role model. An African American man from GAMEPRO.com commented on racism in videogames by saying that “Whites see African Americans and Latinos as criminals and gradually that is how our children see themselves and behave according."
Racism is a huge issue everywhere in the world and it will probably never end. Designers of GTA: San Andreas enhanced the idea of racism instead of oppose it.
I want to share with you this comment from Forums.allgames.com: (Reviewer: Austin Olney, 18 (NY) I usually don't write reviews, I just read them. But Rockstar has really disappointed me with this upcoming game. It's bad enough that black music and black clothes are all the rage these days, but now its corrupting a great game series. I played and beat GTAIII and VC, but I'm going to have to skip this one. I don't consider myself racist, but I am not about to pay $50 to be some black dude. You can get pissed at me all you want but the fact is if you're white and you disagree, I have nothing to say to you. )
In my opinion, GTA: San Andreas raises the issue of racism not only in the virtual world, but also in the real world. I know that racism will probably never end in every country in the world. It is our reasonability to minimize it via education and not to maximize it via videogames.
I would like to apply Rule Utilitarianism on the racism case in GTA: San Andreas.
- GTA: San Andreas raises racisms by presenting African American and Latino males and as hyper violent and criminal in the game.
Proposed rule: designers of the videogames could take an advantage of showing stories supports racism.
Who would benefit: Designers and publisher of the videogame would be benefit by gaining lots of money.
Who would be harmed: Raising the idea of racism via videogame would harm kids, teens, parents, and the whole society. Racism enervates the connections of community. It eradicates the virtues, which are the requirements of human peace and tranquility, shakes brotherhood, casts clouds over love in community and demolishes sincerity. Since it is the source of spiritual illnesses like animosity, grudge and hostility, it damages unity and solidarity.
Briefly, Harms outweighs benefits therefore, showing and supporting racism in videogames is wrong. The benefits are nothing compared to the harms. In my opinion, Money does not worth all the consequence of supporting the race issue. It is unethical to design and publish these kinds of videogames.
“A fundamental principle of morality is respect and support for the legitimate rights and interests of all, of others as well as oneself, the famous "Golden Rule" of reciprocity. “
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| [July 25, 2010 01:32:44 AM]
| As I start to play GTA: San Andreas, I become aware of the idea that the game is taking me on a violent trip. The game could not be one of my places because I do not want to spend my time harming people even if it is not real. However, I should admit that I enjoyed one part of the game. Riding many cars and run around was enjoyable. Auto racing is one of my favorite games. However, Controlling the game and collecting points were a hard part for me. I have been killed six times because I was too polite at the beginning. At the very beginning, I did not want to shoot women or innocent people. After a while, I started to shoot, rob and kill! |
Many of my thoughts had been changed while I was reading a research study about the meaning of race and violence in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Many hidden stuff in the game had been emerged after I read the study. I am taking it too seriously because I am concerned about the consequences of these violent videogames. According to Anderson & Dill, videogames with violence in them increase “aggression- related thoughts and feeling” and decreases “prosocial behavior”. It is our responsibility to protect the coming generations from being directed to violence by these videogame.
The narrative of the game starts when Carl "CJ" Johnson returns to Los Santos for his mother's funeral. In my opinion, it is an attempt to affect people’s emotions. However, the violence is a predominant theme in the game. Moreover, they show the police officers as a couple of corrupt cops who frame CJ for homicide. GTA: San Andreas glorifies killing, robbing, shooting and general bad behavior including offensive language and illicit sex.
I would like to apply “Kant second Formulation” on the virtual world of GTA: San Andreas. Our case is that CJ is taking a violent journey across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets. According to reference.com, Kant argued that any action taken against another person to which he or she could not possibly consent is a violation of perfect duty interpreted through the second formulation: "Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, always at the same time as an end and never merely as a means to an end.”
CJ is using the violence on people as mean to his end and many players could be affected by his bad behaviors. Therefore, what CJ is doing in the game is unethical and it considered violation of law, and players should be aware of that.
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