Tuesday 21 September, 2010
This is my third entry for GTA: SA and this being my third play through it has sparked the reason why l liked to play it. Basically it has to do with GTA’s controversial content, whether that is murder, stealing, or just simply driving around in a pimped out car.
I was free roaming in Los Santos and driving in a Remington. I ran some people over sadly it is wrong but in a game it is oddly fun. (On a side note I have played GTA 1 and 2, both of those games gave actual points for running people over with a car.) After I received a one star warrant level I started to evade the police but in the process ran more people over, resulting in a two star warrant level. I entered the expressway and noticed two squad cars trying to perform a pit maneuver on my Remington, I pulled out a pistol and shot their front tires out and laughed as they rammed into a delivery van. Continuing on the expressway to no particular destination I needed a new car as mine was emitting black smoke from the hood of the car. I noticed a taxi and hijacked the car and sped off. This resulted in a three star warrant level. I pulled of the expressway and shortly after I realized there was a road block on the street. All my tires were blown out and I shootout ensued resulting in the policemen’s death. I grabbed a S.W.A.T. van and continued on the street to a friendly fire for some ammunition. The cashier pulled a shotgun on me and barely killed him just as a customer shot me in the back with a pistol. Now I spawned at the Hospital and hijacked an Ambulance, driving off without anyone noticing I decided to complete a few side missions. Sadly I did not reach the destination in time, and decided to try to recover some gang turf instead. After I took back what was rightfully Grove Street’s turf, I decided to treat CJ’s girlfriend to some Cluckn’ Bell. Afterwards I headed back to her place for some “Coffee” and drove back to CJ’s house completing my play through for the day.
I really did not complete much except for some more mayhem but in my opinion that is what made the Grand Theft Auto series so successful. Sure there are many immoral things done in GTA, but that is what makes it so successful. Every controversial element in the game that is talked about in the media is more advertising for the game, no matter how gruesome or wrong it might be. For example, the Hot Coffee controversy was a gross MOD that was added to the game by some perverted hacker but it made people talk. Hot Coffee was not even Rockstar’s fault it did what every company does in the circumstance, it fixed it. No matter the immoral and unethical themes that are in the game it is still a cash producer and will be around until it doesn’t any more. Is it wrong that the main character is African American and is stereotyped such a great extent? Yes, and no. The stereotypes in this game are so severe and unbelievable that it shouldn’t be taken seriously. There is no way there are people who do not own a car and instead hijack one every time they see a flashy Corvette or Mercedes. GTA constantly uses themes that are wrong but in my opinion use those to show how wrong it is to do so. Drugs are shown but are done by hoodlums that won’t get an education because of those drugs, as well as murder, theft, and other illegal acts.
Sure GTA has bad, immoral themes but in the end it is just a game.