You do realise the difference between no focus on parodies/satire and no parodies/satire at all right ? You do realise that wanting less focus on one aspect in a game, does not mean you do not want that aspect to be included in the game at all right ? I'd like to be believe you are intelligent enough to distinguish the difference here, because that is EXACTLY what I stated. I don't see how you read it wrongly, because I wrote it in clear plain and concise English.
I did not say anything about the OP tying parody/satire directly to the story, again I don't why you've read something that is not there. My point is, enough focus on the parody/satire in GTA in general, I don't care in which way it manifests itself. I'd rather them just put much more focus on the more serious stuff in all aspects of the game first, like the traditional themes of organized crime, corruption, shady dealings, gang/mob-related violence, illegal activities for money etc - and just use the comical stuff like parody and satire as a sideshow.
I can't elaborate on my point any further.
Well, that escalated quickly. You quoted a guy specifically saying he doesn't want the storyline consisting of parodies of real people or stereotypes and you said he clearly get's your point. That's a good way of obscuring what you're trying to say. If it's the "parody is OK in small doses" thing you wanted to get across, you could have just said that.
We could get into the semantics of "less focus", "no focus" etc. (I did mention the minimal generic archetype parodies btw) but that's not even the point of my original question to you; you seem to have this attitude that GTA has always been this dignified, serious, hardcore, crime action series (with some funny stuff on the side) that focused on themes like organized crime, corruption, yaddah, yaddah, yah - but then stupid ole' GTA V came along and ruined it with it's focus on parody and comedic elements (The heists and government corruption themes are parodies apparently).That's where we disagree.
I don't like GTA V, I think it's the worst installment to the series yet, but it isn't the parodies or it's comedic tone that kill the game - GTA V isn't any more parody overdosed than Vice City. Parody, satire, crude humor etc. is embedded in GTA's DNA, it isn't a minor element to this overall operatic, Scorsese-esque video game series. I mean, do you want me to point out all of the direct parodies that figured prominently in the previous games, like of the Sopranos (Toni Cipriani), Godfather (corLeone Family), Motley Crue, Eazy-E, Scarface, - Phil Collins was an actual character in VC Stories! Or what about the fact that the first two games had a button dedicated to burping and farting, or that mission where you project an image of a giant pair of tits on the side of a building, or the one where you steal a jetpack from Area 69, how about the one where you supply a cannibal with dead bodies - those weren't sideshow stuff and there's more... oh, remember the big purple dildo weapon? Saints Row didn't do that first - or Maccer, the habitual masturbator, he's an important enough a character that he was included in the final cutscene of SA, announcing that he's getting breast implants. But we're talking parodies, right? The overused parodies in GTA V were... what? The Fame or Shame mission, the paparazzi side quest, Jimmy? - Now that's crossing the line! -- Seriously, everything else about V's humor was no different than in the previous games.
No, when you're talking about returning to the serious traditional themes of organized crime, corruption etc. with the satire and parody on the side, I think you mean returning to GTA IV or at least the gritty image GTA IV portrayed of itself - as I said before, it actually has a ton of parody, it's just segregated and pushed to the background. I love GTA IV, it's my favorite of them all, but I'm not going to lie to myself and say it is representative to the series as a whole, it is in fact the outlier of the series in terms of it's storytelling and tone - and R* ain't ever gong back to that. GTA V is a return to the original tone of the previous games, whether it was executed well or not is a different discussion entirely. The parodying in V is no different than listening to not-Tony Soprano argue with his disapproving mother in III or driving drunken, Scottish Motley Crue around in VC. If you don't like the parodies and satire, just say that, don't act like GTA V is the first and only GTA to have an abundance of parodies, and that the series needs to return to it's roots or remind itself of what it used to be.
You act befuddled as if it's difficult to get your point across and respond in these defensive condescending posts, but you have in fact given three versions of your "point". Don't bother giving a fourth, I get it. That's not what bothers me, It's that holier than thou attitude you have: someone dared question the opinion the arbiter of all GTA fandom, and instead of bowing their head to his response, they yet again dare point out a fallacy within the logic behind the arbiter's opinion. This must not stand.
Jesus, this is what GTA V fans must think of us.