| Being a former fan of Grand theft Auto I knew exactly what to expect coming into the game, a vast map to rome, with violence being encouraged. Know this violence was much easier to find while playing the missions, unless one would like to engage upon police chases. |
With that being said, right off the bat I started playing missions. The first Mission I engaged upon made me think right away that the producers of Grand Theft Auto (Rockstar) were trying to define the sterotype of what it was like to live in the underprivilaged part of a city, and how thug life can be one of the few ways to justice. Often times the stereotype for black people is the “Thug life”. The thug life is much more common in underprivileged areas (ghettos) than it is in the suburbs because of more drug related and illegal activities. In this situation Carl’s mother was murdered and now he is looking for some justice. Instead of finding justice Carl runs into crooked cops (before the mission) and more drive by shootings (attempted murder).
For all this violence to go on while I hardly have got around 10 minutes into the game, this made me feel like they were trying to depict the “Thug Life”. Drawing out turf is one way they used to depict this. In underprivileged areas drug dealers often mark their “turf”, which is land claimed by gangs, and any illegal (sometimes legal) activities that are done on another gangs “turf” is considered disrespectful. Even the first “mission” was dedicated to running for ones life.
This game made me feel as if the world I know is an almost flawless one. With all the other things people have to worry about mine seem so small. Carl and his crew form gangs in order to live and stay alive. They live the thug life because they are just trying to stay alive. The biggest value that is apparent so far is survival
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