Grand Theft Auto
Sept. 20, 2013 | 4:01 p.m.
In 2001, the “Grand Theft Auto” franchise landed on the radar of mainstream culture by offending most everyone who wasn’t a gamer. Its carjacking, prostitutes and murder scenarios were defended as a satire of violent and misogynistic video game culture. Watchdog groups and politicians didn’t see the irony. But beyond the controversy, its appeal was in its danger — a place where the kill-at-will, hypersexualized fantasy worlds of interactive entertainment were let loose in cities based on grown-up, real-world places (New York, Miami and now, once again, Los Angeles). Today, the series has become a well-honed formula, a place guaranteed to deliver top-of-the line game mechanics in the most fully-realized digital worlds. Culturally, however, the franchise has hardly grown since 2001. The first rape joke is delivered by a college-age boy who’s playing a violent video game. “I don’t care […]
Nov. 14, 2012 | 12:55 p.m.
The big holiday games of 2012 are currently hitting shelves, with “Halo 4,” “Assassin’s Creed III” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” all reaching gamers’ hands in recent weeks. But even before we’ve indulged in the post-Thanksgiving-dinner video game marathons, eyes are turned toward 2013 and what could consume hundreds of gaming hours in the new year. We’re talking, of course, about the new trailer for Rockstar Games’ “Grand Theft Auto V.” The new trailer hints at the story and characters for the game, which promises to be the largest, most complex installment in the series so far. The game will feature three main antagonists and will boast a game world larger than “Grand Theft Auto IV,” “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” and “Red Dead Redemption” combined. The game will be released in spring 2013. Many gamers will be […]