Console gaming has become a large industry with a cult following over the past decade. Gaming can be used as a form of escape from reality. The rating system for these games can range anywhere from E for everyone to M for mature audiences only. The focus of this article is to showcase the entertainment value an M-rated game, such as Grand Theft Auto (GTA), can give to a user.
This installment branches off from the original concept of the GTA franchise. No longer is the game about stealing cars, but the game has evolved into a mockery of the real world. Grand Theft Auto brings to the table of video gaming a twisted version of reality. Grand Theft Auto Five is the latest iteration in the GTA lineup. The GTA Five universe is known as Los Santos, loosely based off of Los Angeles and its immediate area. The game is one gigantic satire of human life as we know it. There is an array of silly celebrities, perverted life situations, a stock exchange known as the BAWSAQ, a corrupt government, a popular social media website called Life Invader, and many more satirical events that can be juxtaposed to normal reality.
The majority of modern human society condones violence as an evil. There are laws in place to punish those who commit harm unto others. However, the laws of the GTA universe are somewhat perverse. The game offers the user the chance to commit many high crimes against the virtual society. The player can casually stroll down the street and commit murder, theft, assault, and numerous other crimes against an unsuspecting non-playable character. Furthermore, the player is given weapons as basic as a knife and baseball bat, from pistols to mini-guns, and C-4 explosives to rocket launchers to conduct mayhem and destruction across Los Santos. While there is a police and military presence in the game, they are not intellectually powerful enough to overcome the use puts themselves into a corner. Whenever the player is caught by the long arm of the law, a simple bribe lets them off the hook and frees them to continue their reign of terror or to go on casually with their day in the game.
At the end of the day, the game must be taken with a grain of salt. This game is meant for entertainment purposes only and should be played by more mature individuals. The developers of GTA, Rockstar, meant for this game to be viewed as an extreme satire of what our society is today. The game provides a release for our inner, more sadistic, thought processes.