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Grand Theft Auto IV unleashed

There are many happy people out there today. They’re happy because the long wait for the next Grand Theft Auto is over. GTA 4 is now available for the Xbox and Playstation game consoles.

Developed by Rockstar North, and distributed by Take-Two Interactive, GTA 4 is the ninth release of this hugely popular title, and the first of its “fourth generation”. This reworked and ‘new’  generation of GTA’s features a new environment (modeled on NY city) and has graphics and gameplay that the gaming magazines and review sites are giving their highest scores. (Some have called the game “nearly perfect”.)
IGN rated the game a 10 out of 10 in nearly every category, and awarded it its Editor’s Choice… and a reviewer says, “Every facet of Rockstar’s new masterpiece is worthy of applause.
It is Rated M (for mature).

* This will put parents in a tough spot– your kid will want this game.. really, really badly.

You may have heard of “Grand Theft Auto”.. the name may be ringing some bells. Why? Because Grand Theft Auto (particularly the title San Andreas) is the poster child for video games being too violent, leading to the erosion of civic morality, and being a cause of the increase in crime.
Grand Theft Auto has been called a “murder simulator”.. and “How to be a gangster 101”. When some ultra-Right winger calls for the banning of video games, they invariably trot out Grand Theft Auto– San Andreas as their cause célèbre… and point out that in the game, you gain points for killing policemen.

* If you’re a parent, and you have a kid not old enough to buy this game themselves, and they’re begging you to get it for them, they will show you articles about how Rockstar has changed its ways and toned all this down in GTA IV. Such as, “it’s gone legit. Oh sure, you’ll still blow up cop cars, run down innocent civilians, bang hookers, assist drug dealers and lowlifes and do many, many other bad deeds, but at a cost to main character Niko Bellic’s very soul. GTA IV gives us characters and a world with a level of depth previously unseen in gaming and elevates its story from a mere shoot-em-up to an Oscar-caliber drama.” (from IGN)

Folks, I have not played any of the GTA series; they simply haven’t appealed to me. I am not going to label it “good” nor “bad”. I will tell you this, GTA 4 is expected to set new records for game sales.

I am not going to tell you how to raise your child.

I am not going to speculate, nor debate, whether there’s too much violence and realism in video games.. and whether or not this has some detrimental psychological effect on those who play them.

I am just going to say this: in this particular instance, there are very good reasons why there’s a “Rated M” on the box.

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7 Comments »

  1. Hey Paul,

    Great article on a cultural phenom!

    When even the N.T. Times gets excited about this game, I want it, I want it, I want it.

    BM

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    Comment by Bill Mullins | April 28, 2008 | Reply

  2. I will admit, this is the first time I have ever been tempted to even look at a GTA game.
    And, yes folks, the NY Times says good things about it, saying “Grand Theft Auto IV is a violent, intelligent, profane, endearing, obnoxious, sly, richly textured and thoroughly compelling work of cultural satire disguised as fun.” http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/28/arts/28auto.html?ref=technology

    However, I remind everyone.. this one is NOT for kids.

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    Comment by techpaul | April 28, 2008 | Reply

  3. Hmmmm, loss of soul that’s interesting. What I always have a problem with in these games is how inconsequential death is. I say make it more realistic in the whole police persuit / arrest / jail type thing and make the game a little harder.

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    Comment by jeremy | April 29, 2008 | Reply

  4. Jeremy–
    Well… the whole idea of a game is to have fun. Having a realistic arrest/booking/holding cell/lousy defense lawyer/sentencing/trip to prison/cell sequence would hardly sell a lot of titles (video gaming is a rather large market…).

    I agree that we– as a civilization –are not well-served by anything that cheapens life.. and some could very well argue that “re-spawning”, health packs, etc. do in fact do that (it could just say, “Game Over”).
    But in general, I give people credit for being able to differentiate between a game and RL.

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    Comment by techpaul | April 29, 2008 | Reply

  5. […] techpaul wrote an interesting post today on Grand Theft Auto IV unleashedHere’s a quick excerptGrand Theft Auto has been called a “murder simulator”.. and “How to be a gangster 101″. When some ultra-Right winger calls for the banning of video games, they invariably trot out Grand Theft Auto– San Andreas as their cause célèbre… … […]

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  6. I hate how they made the controls different in this one tho :/

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    Comment by nintendo roms | October 12, 2008 | Reply

  7. Yeh, but you’ll adapt.. and it’s worth it, right?

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    Comment by techpaul | October 13, 2008 | Reply


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