I played GTA: SA again today for half an hour and half to admit that I did come to a bit of a revelation on the content of the game.
I have previously been thinking that it was pretty bad and very detrimental, but had a little bit of a change while playing it today. I was playing and realized that this game truly is what you make of it.
I was thinking what main game mechanic was that was being focused on and it seemed to be get a mission, carry out objective which is very similar to many games I have played previously and had no problems with. I decided to view the content as a means to an end for each individual mission and then I could move on.
When I came to this realization I was tagging graffiti in the East Los altos neighborhood. I found myself trying to tag some graffiti and at the same time keeping a look out for police.
This made me stop and think that this could be not only showing something bad to do, but also demonstrating that this is something that you know you should not do and that there are consequences for these actions(like getting arrested and losing all your money).
After coming to this sort of content as a means to an end realization, I found myself actually enjoying the game a bit and wanting to earn more respect within my gang.
In the end of this post I would say that this game gets an unfair rap, I believe that the game is just not afraid to show the shadier sides of life and it's up to us what we make of that.
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