Sunday 18 April, 2010
This game promotes violence. The only way to steal a car is by dragging the driver out of the car and beating him or by shooting him. Gangs are constantly trying to beat you up, so you have to fight back using crowbars and other weapons. The police are always trying to shoot you, so naturally, you have to shoot back. The most disturbing aspect of the violence is that you can beat or kill innocent people for no reason. If you are walking down the street and you just feel like shooting someone, you can. Once you shoot the person, the bloody wound you caused actually appears on him, and when the person dies, his body turns into a pool of blood. The best part of the game is that when you get shot and killed, you come back to life in another round! So if a kid is playing this game, which I am sure happens despite the rating, what would it be teaching him? That it is okay to use objects as weapons, that anyone can obtain a gun, that it is okay to hijack cars, that police are violent, that black people are violent, that it is okay to kill innocent people and that when you die, you come back to life! Great game, huh? The ethical question presented by this game is; is it ethical to promote violence in video games?