| So, I started playing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for the first time today. When you first start playing it starts you off in the story mode. You assume the role of CJ Johnson, who is on his way home to Los Santos from Liberty City (GTA III), because he had found out his mother was murdered. On his way to his old neighborhood from the airport, CJ is picked up by a group of cops that heís apparently familiar with. They tell him that he has been framed for the murder of an official, and treat him with the least amount of respect possible. Eventually they kill him out of the car and CJ is forced to bike home. I find it interesting how before you even use your controller, the game gives you a strong negative feeling towards police in general. It makes you feel like they are corrupt and always against you. The other thing that I immediately picked up was the stereotype of urban black culture. CJ is dressed in just a tank with his pants sagging down, your can see his underwear. Also his neighborhood is a complete ghetto, with groups of gangsters standing on the corners, and prostitutes walking around wearing virtually nothing. I donít know if they are trying to accurately portray that kind of neighborhood from the early nineties or they are just doing to make the game feel more like a Mature rated game.|
I started following the path of the missions with CJ. There were very basic objectives to complete: such ride your bike away from your enemy, drive here and kick something up, go with Sweet to spray-paint some graffiti of your gang signs. The missions were probably geared towards helping the player learn how use the controls and get used to the gameplay. But, I also believe these missions serve as a way for the player to enter CJís new life, the life of being a gangster. You just become enthralled in this new culture that I continue to unwrap. Iím looking forward to some newer more exciting, because right now they are pretty boring.
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