But after the hundreds of ads selling "Grand Theft Auto V," fooled by the news reports gushing about its sales, what do we know about its contents? Again, no one really wants to address what's inside the wrapper.
Suellentrop of the Times explained the plot. It's "still an action game about hoodlums and thieves; we start with an extended bout of cop killing and proceed to a series of increasingly ambitious heists." There are three villains you can choose to become, including "Trevor, an oddly lovable psychopathic meth dealer and gun runner."
Another villain, Michael, announces the game's cynical amorality: "Movies are about telling the same lies over and over again. You know, good beats evil, things happen for a reason, attractive people are interesting."
It's quite obvious this game is going to be opened on Christmas Day by 12-year-old boys, who will then be able to not only (virtually) slice policemen to ribbons but buy and smoke marijuana, snoop on celebrities having sex for a paparazzo, and attend a strip club and buy a lap dance. They can go online and check out the "GTA 5 Prostitutes, Sex, Strip Clubs, and Booty Calls Guide." This inspired Suellentrop's one criticism of Rockstar Games: the women were all sexpots. "One of the only young women in the game not oversexed and under-read is sucked into a jet turbine."
When many of us were young, we could wander the neighborhood for hours unsupervised. Sadly, parents today are too concerned for their children's safety to let them play outside. So many of these children spend these same hours inside playing in a much darker world of techno-mayhem their parents can't even imagine.
Someone somewhere will someday find himself desensitized and numb enough to endlessly stab some girl in the face. And we'll shake our heads wondering what might have been done to prevent it.
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