GTA V From Someone Who Knows Nothing About Video Games

GTA V Uses Sex to Sell
Rockstar North has wowed users with their latest release, GTA V

From someone who knows nothing about video games, I’m trying my best to understand the fascination with the latest and by far most popular video game of the year, GTA V. I should probably have started by explaining that I’m what some would call a technophobe. I still sport a Samsung slider phone and refuse to use an Ipod any more advanced than your almost obsolete Ipod Nano. I may be A-technological, technologically impaired, so be it. I’m not ashamed of it. In fact, in some ways, I consider my old school mindset as a badge of honor. But coming from someone who seriously knows zilch about video games, what I can tell you is that GTA V has broken gaming records and has yielded joy and entertainment for millions of users.

The Rockstar North developed franchise GTA has enthralled gamers since its inception in 1997, providing players with an interactive game play which simulates the vulgar side of street life: gang violence, prostitution, and of course, grand theft auto. The game itself has become such a phenomenon, the term “Grand Theft Auto” itself is more associated with the video game than the crime itself.

So what’s the big deal? What makes GTA V such a hit among people of all ages? For one, the amount of preparation and money put into the development of such an in depth and interactive video game makes it a step ahead of its class, outselling some of the biggest video games including Halo and Call of Duty, not to mention outperforming some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters.

Fans of the franchise have had to wait a painstaking 5 years since the franchise’s last release of GTA IV, which was met with great fanfare and praise from critics alike. It is said that GTA V outsold its predecessor GTA IV in less than six weeks.

So seriously, what is going on? Why is GTA V such a big deal? Once again, I’m not a video gamer by any stretch of the imagination, but I am someone who delights himself in the study of human psychology, and if gory, violent and action packed Hollywood blockbusters are any indication for how much Americans love sex and violence, GTA V would most certainly provide the evidence necessary to conclude such an argument.

Not only does GTA V exploit the average person’s thirst for blood and violence, it allows them to vicariously live through the character shooting and exploding his way out of some action packed scenario. I mean, what’s the only thing better than being Bruce Willis in Die Hard? It’s being Bruce Willis in Die Hard.

Studies have shown that viewers who watch or play action packed violence oriented stimuli have a physiological reaction. A surge of adrenaline and dopamine fills the bloodstream, feeding the user a rush that is an addictive high. To top this off, the gamer can vent some stress through their virtual doppelganger in ways they couldn’t in reality. I mean, the last time I checked, it’s frowned upon to hijack an old woman’s car after beating her to a bloody pulp with a bat in broad daylight.

So there you have it. Coming from someone who knows nothing about video games, GTA V serves as not only a technological innovation in the world of gaming, but as a potential outlet for pent up stress, while allowing people to live vicariously as a murderous psychopath.

So maybe after all the sex and violence exploited by GTA V isn’t all that bad. That is, as long as it’s confined to the TV screen.


by John Amaruso

7 Responses to "GTA V From Someone Who Knows Nothing About Video Games"

  1. marcos morales torres   November 27, 2013 at 11:50 am

    gta5 is the best game I’ve played in years yall did every good on this game

  2. John Amaruso   November 6, 2013 at 11:22 am

    While it might not be “intended” for all ages, we all know the truth. My 7 year old brother loves the game and I know a plethora of middle school kids who practically live by the game.

  3. Jay7773   November 6, 2013 at 11:18 am

    GTA V seems deep at first ..extremely well polished and looks great… but it becomes very shallow in about two weeks

    • alexxd94   November 7, 2013 at 10:38 am

      What game doesn’t? Especially if you play it non-stop like some people have.

  4. Azathoth6   November 6, 2013 at 11:15 am

    umm “For people of all ages??

  5. PCAhype   November 6, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Totally agree with pop above. Not having ever seen one of the earlier GTAs, you probably wouldn’t have noticed that this game plays remarkably LESS violent that previous GTAs. But as a novice gamer, your view on the look and scope of the game would probably be amazement. Instead, you didn’t give it an actual look and went with the tired “maybe people like killing people” line.

  6. pop   November 6, 2013 at 5:49 am

    I was hoping that this would be a more in-depth look and have you actually PLAY the game to gain a better grasp on why Grand Theft Auto is a popular series. But this was sadly disappointing. This would be a much better piece if you took the time to experience the game, and not do a few Google searches on the topic.

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