These are the things I know, I know #1
In the interest of full disclosure I would first like to say that I am not a gamer. I bought a PS3 for the sole reason of having a blu-ray player in the house.
From time to time I have been known to play a video game on the console. Usually, nay, almost exclusively it is either a baseball or hockey game. But there is one franchise of video games that I can’t resist. I wait patiently and play it non-stop when it comes out. I have done this since college.
Of course the game I am talking about is Grand Theft Auto. While mired in controversy, I can honestly say that these games are not only fun, but the story and characters are pretty well thought out. In addition, it is the perfect game for a player like me.
I love the open format of the worlds. This concept is now not foreign to games, and while certainly not the first GTA has been doing it well for a long time. I don’t have to play a “mission” in the game if I don’t want to. I can (and often do) spend hours randomly wandering the vast landscape that the game is set in. Stealing and wrecking cars, needlessly terrorizing innocents, making the cops chase me for miles at a time.
I am super excited for the latest edition, Grand Theft Auto 5 and will become a “gamer”, at least temporarily, after it comes out. It is my release. I don’t find the violence over powering and I certainly don’t feel like I should take this violence to the real world.
I know these games get a bad rap and are sometimes associated to the awful school shootings in the world today. And there may be a correlation, but in the end I think those criminals are in a frame of mind that no video game is going to persuade.
Regardless of your position, the GTA series has long been a trendsetter in the world of open world video games and I love the details that they have established. And it doesn’t hurt that I can finally drive the expensive sports cars, even if I have to steal them from the front of a digital country club.