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Hey Community !
I writing this because the subject I'm gonna talk about turns out to be almost everywhere on the net, under every single Youtube video about GTA, on TV talk shows etc.
Grand Theft Auto and kids ... Are tiresome subject, even more tiresome if you got one that connected on your vocal chat ..
I think those big red numbers on the game cover aren't just some fancy adornments, from a general point of view GTA has a lot of mature content under it's pure form, gore, sexual content, swearing, violence and also a way of exolting a criminal lifestyle in a more tacit way. I'm not going further on those arguments because you hear them all over on some cheap TV talk shows with overcaring, over protective, dumb & ignorant parents that should inform theirselves rather than starting to blame something in it's entirety. Before blaming a game which has an explicit and visible PEGI rating because it may harm your 12 year old son who somehow managed to get the game running on his console, learn to parent first !
It's true that those kind of games may represent a danger for kids, who may be suggestible by such stuff, but after all we know that those "pieces of software" are not training devices for terrorists, I think people should get their guns under control before blaiming video games. (Not saying with should forbid americans to carry guns, but just regulate the whole matter).
There's another point I want to clear out, which is more important to me, the question of appreciating such a game right, which doesn't only conscern the younger players among us. A GTA game is fully-loaded with pop-culture references, allusions to Movies/Series, books, personalities, and of course, politics. This starts from the very early GTA III to the current title. Just take Vice City for example, the game takes most of it's inspirations from Miami Vice or Scarfaces, references which are a must-know when you play this game. I remember always having a grin of my face when I walked through the story and heard a famous movie line here and there, some ad banners or radio spots which were an allusion to that movie or when you figure out that Ray Liotta was grateful enough to lend his voice to Tommy and the great Phillip Micheal Thomas, Ricardo Tubbs from Miami Vice was voice acting Lance Vance ! The writers and developers always rewarded you at a point by diggin' a bit and placing some cool insiders here and there.
Even bigger in GTA 5, such a big world with so much "insiders", the one I remembered like Lethal Weapons, Ghostbusters, Wayne's World, The Shining and of course how could you miss it, the legendary Kenny Loggins moderating Rock Radio himself . The ingame TV series, the social satire and everything else
Then I have to say, it's just depressing after all of this to encounter some prepub playing the game. "The deeper parody of the game is lost among all those 14 years old snobs. All they care about is stealing some virtual vehicle that will advance them no further than their own f*kin living rooms".
I think understanding such a game requires a minimum of prime of life, general knowledge, some references and maturity, because, especially GTA games try to create atmosphere and give depth to the game world.
Don't think I'm radical on my opinion, what I call matureness isn't acquired by archieving the age which is indicated on a game cover, of course there are some people that walk life with open eyes and have other points of interests than the typical hyped bullsh*t, but most of them remain formatted individuals which don't search further than the latest music clip.
When social fatalism encounters personal freedom, it doesn't always end well ..
Keen to know your opinions and reactions about this subject,