Thursday 12 February, 2009
This was my first time playing any of the Grand Theft Auto games, I normally only play sports games. I was amazed at the amount of options the in-game character CJ has, this really was like living a double life (in an unrealistic world torn by crime). I had the ability to control the day to day life of a middle aged black gangster. The problematic ethical implications of this game are obvious and plentiful, but at the same time completely unrealistic. I have trouble connecting with GTA critics who believe the game is damaging to society because the entire premise of the game is to do bad, there is no moral decision making process involved, thus the gamer knows what his mission is. In this game bad does not dominate over good because there is no good to be done. I started the game by stealing a car (with the ease of pressing a single button), and fighting people to the death. This is basically all the game is, stealing and killing. I cannot speak for others, but playing this game has given me no motivation to steal or kill. After failing at my first mission, I decided to take a more lax approach to the game and just explore around and mess with my all the options offered by the game.