Grand Theft Auto is making the news all over again, thanks to its brutal violence and general, lasciviousness now available to be experienced in the first person. It makes the wanton killing that much more visceral, and the first-person blow jobs and sex with prostitutes just that much sleazier. As is expected, it’s drawing a bit of moral outrage. speaking on Bloomberg, Take Two boss Strauss Zelnick has defended the game’s particular brand of awfulness.
Responding to the question of whether or not players can really sleep with prostitutes and kill them, like this is some sort of new thing, he responded that GTA is a grim, terrible thing set in a dark, awful universe. And sometimes, that’s ok.
Well, I don’t look at it that way at all. Look, this is a criminal setting. It’s a gritty underworld. It is art. And I — I embrace that art, and it’s beautiful art, but it is gritty. And let’s not make — you know, let’s not make no bones about the environment in which we operate. And we stand shoulder to shoulder with other major motion picture releases and major television shows that explore a similar universe. So yeah, this is a tough universe because it’s a criminal universe. However, there’s hundreds of hours of gameplay. People have been engaged with Grand Theft Auto Online for over a year and there are plenty of things to do, and it’s an incredibly exciting environment.
But can it be rough? Absolutely
Yes, Grand Theft Auto may be morally questionable, and I find the sex stuff and the general portrayal of people (yes, that includes women) juvenile – but I also think that creators should feel free t make the games they want to make. And conversely, people have the right to complain about those games. Play them if you like, and don’t play them if they offend you.
I haven’t yet, but I’m quite keen to replay GTA V in first person, mostly to see if it’s as new an experience as everybody says it is. Here’s a look at GTA V’s digital sex with virtual prostitutes.
Last Updated: November 20, 2014