| Although Iíve played a number of different Grand Theft Auto games, this was my first time to play the San Andreas title. I decided to just start out by playing the storyline missions and I feel that the characters in the game are so stereotypical that itís detrimental to the story line because you cannot honestly believe any of the characters. Having played a few other Grand Theft Auto games I was not surprised at all at the stereotypical characters that the developers decided to put in the game. The main character, CJ, just learned that his mother has died and comes back home and finds himself pressured into joining his former game. All the African-American people in this game are portrayed as thugs and smoke weed, carry guns, and involve themselves in a life of crime, filling almost every aspect of the stereotypical black man. Even the way they talk to each other is pretty ridiculous. I also think the way that the cop pulls over CJ at the beginning of the story and racially profiles CJ is a bit extreme, although I do think that there are times where things like that happen depending on where you are or what environment you live in.|
As far as game play goes, I enjoy the style of Grand Theft Auto. Being able to run around and do virtually anything you want is enjoyable and I have a lot of fun trying to see how many violent crimes I can commit until the police kill me. I decided to play a little free play with some of my friends and we had a great time seeing who could last the longest and kill and blow up as many things before we died. I do not really feel like the violence in the video game could make people really want to go out and try to do these things in real life but I could see it perhaps making younger kids become more violent in their lifestyles, maybe making them punch, kick, and scream more so than they normally would. The violence is almost unrealistic and really should not be considered a problem for the vast majority of the people playing the game.
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