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4nsmiley

CJ opinion piece

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‼️Carl Johnson, one of the best Protagonists that rockstars games have ever created‼️ 

 

COMPASSION 

Carl is rockstars' first attempt to writing a character that shows emotion. The previous roles show no passion like Claude from GTA 3, which was the strong silent type.  GTA vice city is where there decided that a voice actor is needed for the protagonist. Tommy was a money-hungry sociopath that show no Remorse and doesn't give a crap about his friends or love interest. Carl was in no way an angel, but he had remorse for his actions and care about his friends even after being Betrayed. in one mission,” Deconstruction,” he killed a group of Construction workers for catcalling his sister. CJ had no real reason to do that besides his protecting his sister from being harassed. Obviously, it just a filter mission, but it shows Carl cares for people around and how they feel, and his whole journey across the fictional state was just to save his brother from jail. 

BREAKING THE RACIAL BARRIER

Carl Is also the first black protagonist of the series. Minority/POC Characters nowadays just feel like they're in the story for no reason 

And bring nothing to the table other than being a POC. Carl is different; you get to know him. His struggles and his demons. You want him to succeed in his journey. You see him as a person. You never think about his race throughout the story and isn't the main focus. Of course, there are outdated stereotypes. But for 2004 it was the step in the right direction. That is why carl is love from the GTA  Community regardless of your skin tone. 

YOUR SPIN ON THINGS  

Another first for the series is actual customization for the main protagonist. From any haircut to how to fit or fat you want to be. Which, in my opinion, it gives you a better connection with the main character. Every CJ is unique to each player. You want to be a cowboy, go for it. You want to be a fat punk; you can. The options are endless for CJ. Instead of fixed clothing options to fit the main character ”mold” that later games do, which defeat the whole purpose of customization. You have real freedom to do what you want. 

 

 In conclusion, CJ was rockstars games' most essential character to come out of the grand theft auto series

 

 

 

 

 

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Jeansowaty

Tbh CJ being black and part of a black gang made me appreciate them a lot. Culturally and stuff. While he may not be one of my fave protags, the black-latino gang warfare setting is really nostalgic to me and I really liked it. I still want a GTA digging into that setting properly to a full potential, having a protagonist who is heavily involved in his gang and brings it on top.

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Cutter De Blanc

Thing I like best about CJ is that he's such a fun loving guy. Even on rampages he's having a good time. Reminds me of Trevor in that respect.

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GhettoJesus

Technically the first black protagonist was Troy and Divine from GTA 1.

 

I appreciate CJ, he was Rockstar's first attempt at making an in-depth protagonist and it worked out fine. The setting was perfect for him.

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Limefong
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A protagonist that has human traits, I like him.

 

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4nsmiley
On 7/16/2020 at 3:20 AM, GhettoJesus said:

Technically the first black protagonist was Troy and Divine from GTA 1.

 

I appreciate CJ, he was Rockstar's first attempt at making an in-depth protagonist and it worked out fine. The setting was perfect for him.

I didn't know sorry gen z kid. lol 

 

On 7/15/2020 at 4:51 PM, Cutter De Blanc said:

Thing I like best about CJ is that he's such a fun loving guy. Even on rampages he's having a good time. Reminds me of Trevor in that respect.

my favorite line is when he talk about his 2nd amendment right and gun control. it just funny to me 

On 7/22/2020 at 12:43 PM, Limefong said:

A protagonist that has human traits, I like him.

 

we all do :)

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Evil empire

Despite his flaws CJ shows a good balance between the 2 extremes who are Claude and Tommy in terms of consistency and charism.

 

The many possibilities to customize him with the clothes, haircuts, combat styles etc add to his charism.

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