Today I took C.J. over to the “other side of town”. It was quickly apparent that I was not welcome as the other gang started chasing me in a car. Unfortunately, I made matters worse by running over one of their gang members. The gang I was in conflict with was the Mexican gang. The gang was covered in stereotypes starting with how they dressed. Many of the gang members were wearing dego t-shirts and had gold chains. Also, many of the phrases that they would say were not indicative of the culture but more of a stereotype. Though I do realize that these stereotypes can be very harmful to all minorities, there might be a reason for the game’s use of them. In the game the stereotypes help me to quickly understand who are my friends and enemies since many of them look alike or say something in similar manners. One could question the ethical framework to how the player is integrated into the game. Maybe GTA could allow for better integration in a different way. It is funny in some cases to hear the different stereotypes but that doesn’t mean that someone else is offended. One could also question whether game makers should have limits on how much they can stereotype a someone in a game. But it is hard to limit that because everyone has different ethical frameworks.
Also in today’s game I realized the role of Utilitarianism within the game. All of C.J.’s missions are to benefit the gang even though C.J. is doing much of it for himself. It seems that in the gang utilitarianism is applied many times in cases which would benefit the whole gang. I think as I progress through the game though, I will see less and less of utilitarianism as gangs will start becoming desperate.
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