nothing against violence in video games but the realism is a bit too much for me

like, am i the only one actually experiencing major cognitive dissonance?

maybe its just being from LA but it sort of fucks with my head to run someone over with my car. or get shot. or shoot someone. at the mall i shop at. ack. i can't play this game anymore.

what does it take for something to get so real it actually feels wrong to play? why are we bothering to find out?

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2024


7 Comments


3 months ago

This series has a reputation as "spree killer simulator" among older folk who don't play games for a reason, it's very shocking visually and I feel the only reason people act like it's not is just normalization (both of video game violence and shocking internet videos)

3 months ago

@Devixicus I'm not sure if normalization is the full explanation. At least, not from other video games and videos. Maybe a big-picture kind of "ludo-narrative dissonance" sure but.

Also, not sure if I followed your comment about the "spree killer simulator". What do you mean by "older folk who don't play games for a reason"?

3 months ago

I mean the types of people who don't play games can often be shocked seeing stuff like what you can do in GTA. I meant "older folk who don't play games" to be a separate thought from "for a reason" (which was following up "this series has a reputation"), my bad on the poor sentence structure

3 months ago

@Devixicus Ah I understand now. I've always been aware of that reputation but always shrugged it off as the same reactionary stuff from the 90s that was the scapegoat for Colombine, etc. I think the way video game violence was initially portrayed by the media was so over-the-top and fearmonger-y that it made me channel out any commentary about it. Not like I've seen any good critique about video game violence though.

3 months ago

I had roughly the same reaction when I used the feature in GTA:VC that let you make your own radio station out of your own MP3s.

2 months ago

I want to think that most people are actually drawn to Rockstar’s games for their wildly authentic-feeling recreations of recognizable places. Imagine if they ever had the confidence to re-use the map from one of these for a game that was focused on interacting with the world in some way that wasn’t mass murder.

Even in this game, some of my best memories are aimlessly riding a bicycle around the city, unarmed and accomplishing nothing beyond existing in the world they’d created.

2 months ago

@Patteca here here, I loved the possibility of just going anywhere with different modes of transportation. It doesn't have to be a violent experience, but unless you play it ultra safe it's somewhat inevitable. Doing sweet jumps in an empty harbor or dirt park was cool though