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    maelstromrick's GameLog for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2)

    Sunday 19 September, 2010

    Well, I had never played any of the Grand Theft Auto games since I heard how violent and offensive they can be. After a few minutes of playing Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, I realized that the rumors were in fact true. Playing as Carl “CJ” Johnson, I started the game running through the streets of the city depicted and noticed that I was able to easily attack anyone on the street and gain some monetary points. The money isn’t available until you defeat the person I attacked and beat them to a bloody pulp or murder them.

    It matters not if the person is a civilian, minding their own business, or another gangster, carrying a variety of weapons. At one point I got into a fight with a police officer and had to weather getting shot at or beaten with a baton. I experienced my first virtual carjacking when I pulled a man out of his car and stabbed him to death. After obtaining the car, I was offered the chance to complete a mini game but I chose to instead drive around the city and run people down with impunity.

    The ethical question here is: is this game so violent that it is desensitizing those that play it to violence in the real world? At one point I was laughing at all the inventive ways I was coming up with killing bystanders, but does this mean I would laugh if it were to happen in person? Would I go around killing random strangers just because I did it in the virtual world and it gave me a thrill? I would say not since, as an adult, I already have some sense of what’s acceptable in a moral sense and what’s not. This game is rated mature for a reason and is not meant for younger, more impressionable audiences.


    In that sense, can you really call it violence when it is so cartoony and devoid of consequences?

    Wednesday 29 September, 2010 by jp
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