When you hear someone speak about senseless violence, grotesque language and
morbidly irrational criminals what do you automatically think about? Normally, you think about
the news and the seemingly crazy people who fit that description because “they didn’t have a
lot of friends “ or “ they didn’t get enough attention at home” . But what if I told you that this
way of thinking is outdated and has been for a very long time . There is a new cultural
phenomenon that’s sweeping the nation and taking the world over by storm. It’s now
synonymous with the word violence. Its unequivocally one of the most violent, but whimsical
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According to a New York Times article published last September the newest
installment in the series Grand Theft Auto V broke the single-day video game sales record of
$800 million dollars. To show how revolutionary this franchise really is I interviewed three
residents from my hall and I asked them the following 3 questions : When you think about
violence in video games what game series comes to mind ? What's the most violent game you've
ever played ? And finally, do you still play that game now ? First being freshman music major
Eric Martinez. He answered the following questions as such: He associates violence with the
Grand Theft Auto series, The most violent game in the series is Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown
Wars and he still plays the game now. The other two residents I asked are freshman football
players Tyrelle Hinton and James Ezell. Both of them said that they associate violence in video
games with the Grand Theft Auto franchise and that the most violent game in the series(to both
of them)is Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. They both said that if they still had the game now
they would play it and its amazing to say the least because Eric is from Chicago, Tyrelle is from
Brooklyn and James Ezell is from Alabama. What game franchise really has this much of a
polarizing effect,enough of one to stretch all across the US like Grand Theft Auto does.
Now you have to ask yourself why is Grand Theft Auto just so popular ?
According to an article by Matthew Sarrel “Get ready for mayhem on a grand scale: This is the
biggest GTA environment in the series. There must be a lifetime of missions and side missions to
complete — or you could just drive around, explore, and wreak havoc for many, many hours.”
But what does this tell you ? Basically, that people love these games , but why ? As an actual
Grand Theft Auto fan who has played all the games let me tell you that this game deserves all the
attention it has received so far. Simply put, its fun.
For a game like that to still be a mainstay in the video game industry for 17
years shows that it must special. Nonetheless, I understand that a lot of people will try to
disprove my way of thinking by saying things like “ it's impossible to like a game so violent” as
well as “ only maniacs and psycho bedlamites play Grand Theft Auto”. Those who say that
believe that people only play Grand Theft Auto to “satisfy” some psychotically sadistic fantasy.
I don't agree with this statement, as a matter of fact I totally denounce it. But, I do understand the
notion. You can say that some people just like to play the game because its fun or some people
like it because it fulfills their fantasy,...