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1.0 out of 5 stars A decline is moral standards, 18 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I've never played a GTA game until this instalment and frankly I'm appalled by it's content. The levels of violence and anti-moral sentiment is deplorable to say the least. We wonder why society is in decline and the answer stares us right in the face with this vile attempt at video game 'entertainment'.

I reminisce over my youth where I spent countless hours trying to rescue the princess from the giant ape as he tossed barrels. All we have here is a smorgasbord of debauchery and violence devoid of any skill or intellectual appeal. It's unprecedented success, in my opinion, is a damming indication of the decline in moral standards in this day and age.

I conclude that this game will really only appeal to the simplest of folk and those of an advanced intellectual persuasion should steer clear and seek a game more stimulating to the mind. GTA5 is to video games as Peter Kay is to comedy.
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Initial post: 18 Sep 2013 23:55:30 BDT
MetalFingers says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2013 00:14:41 BDT
And I'm still wondering why you still bought it, the title is Grand Theft Auto, what did you think it would be?

Just return it and move on.

Posted on 19 Sep 2013 01:26:48 BDT
mikeo34 says:

Posted on 19 Sep 2013 02:17:14 BDT
A. Brookes says:
Yes a man who claims to be substantially more intelligent than the rest of us chose to purchase a game called Grand theft auto and was surprised by the games content! These people are ridiculous

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2013 08:51:26 BDT
cdaniels1987 says:
You do realise that you can still play these so intellectual games, by a Wii or Wii U they are full a Mario rehashes every year.

People like you really annoy, who say that crime in real life is down to a video game, I am sorry but that is completely wrong. If you are going to commit a crime you will do it anyway regardless of a game, and if a game is going to influence you then you already have something mentally wrong.

Do you enjoy trying to rescue a princess from an ape throwing barrels in real life? no I didn't think so.

And finally I find it quite offensive that you have called everyone including me simple, just because I enjoy this game does not make me simple, I am currently studying at university whilst working full time, so no I am not simple as you say. You cannot go around and label everybody who plays this game simple, this game has a lot more to it than a Mario game AIMED at kids.

Its an 18 rated game for a reason, if parents want to allow their kids to play it, that is their problem. I was allowed to play 18 games when I was younger, I am not 26 and perfectly fine with no criminal record, however I wouldn't allow my kids to play them unless I felt they were mature enough.

Get a life and stop bringing a rating down just because you don't like violent video games. Go and play Mario if that is what you like.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2013 08:51:50 BDT
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Posted on 19 Sep 2013 10:59:39 BDT
First of all, in response to cdaniels' comment, don't make a straw man of what MetalFingers is saying; he never once says that 'crime in real life is down to a video game'.

MetalFingers: firstly, how can you suggest that Nintendo games are any more intellectually valuable than GTA? Leave the aspect of skill aside for a second and look at the thematic content - a handful of endlessly recycled, paper-thin cartoon characters repeating the same (frankly indecipherable) story, ad nauseum, over multiple iterations of what is essentially the same game. They're fun games, don't get me wrong, but these are games for kids with, incidentally, less of a moral message than your average action cartoon. Compare that with GTA; when you scratch the surface of the core mechanics of car chases and shootouts, and pay attention to the story and the wider environment in which it plays out, you have a razor-sharp indictment of modern culture - celebrity, technology, politics, all that stuff. The dialogue is a little fatty and self-indulgent at times, but the overall content is quite incisive. Comparing GTA with Donkey Kong is like comparing the Teletubbies with the Sopranos.

The main draw of GTA is the ability to indulge in those taboos that the average person can't in real life, to blow off steam and have fun in a consequence-free environment. I find it difficult to picture hardened, amoral career criminals sitting at home playing GTA.

Also, can you really call Nintendo games 'skill games' with a straight face? I seem to remember going over and over the levels in Mario games, learning by rote, remembering the exact same spots at which enemies appeared and which buttons to press at each point. That's not skill; that's muscle memory from repetitious learning. Compare that with, for example, the racing component of GTA. Each race is different every time - pedestrians and animals can jump into the road at any second, vehicles can appear out of side roads at random, etc; the ability to react quickly to these situations on the fly is a more telling measure of skill than Nintendo games. I know I'm generalising here with 'Nintendo games', but I think you'll see my point.

I do think, however, as I'm sure you do, that any parents buying GTA games for their underage (ie. impressionable) kids are incredibly irresponsible - the thematic content is only appropriate for those mature gamers with a well-formed sense of reality and morality.

Finally, Grand Theft Auto 5 is an absolutely stunning technological achievement, and those at Rockstar who have worked incredibly hard to bring it to fruition are, to a person, very talented and intelligent individuals who are pushing the boundaries of what video games can do. You have to give them credit for that.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2013 12:08:02 BDT
W. Noble says:
Well said MisterPriscilla.

Posted on 19 Sep 2013 12:21:11 BDT
W. Noble says:
It's quite hard to imagine you've not written that just to get a rise.
Well here goes *bite bite*...
Did the thematic front cover not throw up concerns over guns?
Did the 18 certificate not raise questions over the content?
What exactly suddenly made you aware of the Grand Theft Auto series, which has been around for many many years, always plagued with controversy?
Why did you not research your purchase?
How do you not understand that this multi-billion dollar videogame industry has adult consumers and therefore in places, adult content?

Cultural references in games that don't just fall into "silly" territory; games that take the subject matter seriously; games that ask you to cast your mind to other walks of life and examine how they tick... you're missing out on some incredible modern interactive commentary just because you deplore the kind of violence that has been present in films for decades. Even if you dislike it, you must surely understand it is escapist fuel for millions, and appreciate its artistic value. Not to mention the technical merit deserved of it.
Yet you were unable to spot any of this before buying. Intellectual? You most certainly are not.

Posted on 19 Sep 2013 12:40:28 BDT
George Nada says:
I enjoy gaming including the GTA franchise, but the mantra that films and games have NO influence at all on behaviour is nonsense. Advertisers and marketers spend billions every year because they know that behaviour can be influenced by what people see, what they are told etc. Copycat behaviour does occur and films at least have influenced violent behaviour.

Does this mean games like GTA V should be banned or are immoral? No, that's not my point. Does it mean people who play will go out car jacking or torture someone? No, of course not all will and those who do probably have a predisposition towards violence. But I just get annoyed when people deny there is any causal connection between what people watch / play and their behaviour. Clearly there is.
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