Friday, July 08, 2005

But With More Carnage, Please.....

For anyone who doesn't know..... I am a video game junkie. I admit it. If there was a AA for gamers I would never make it through their 12-step program. I accept this about myself, and the people who know me have pretty much accepted it at this point as well (the ones who haven't accepted it have bailed a looooong time ago).

My current obsession is Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. For those of you who DON'T know, GTA is the game that basically every bible-thumping group in the world, and every congressman who wouldn't know a video-game if it bit him on the ass, complains about.
Why do they complain? Well, if you have played any of the GTA games, you would have the answer to that question. They complain because, quite simply, GTA is the most bloody, violent, morally reprehensible game ever to walk the earth.

In Grand Theft Auto, you play the role of a young urban youth, who is trying to make a name for himself in a Compton-Like California of the early 90's. As a young hooligan trying to make his bones, the brilliant design of the game basically lets you do WHATEVER you want! If you desire, you can start a shootout in the middle of a crowded intersection. Or, if vehicles are your fancy, you can steal a car (after pulling the current driver out of his vehicle and beating him senseless, naturally), and start a road-warrior-like rampage, killing pedestrians, smashing other vehicles, knocking over lampposts, you name it. Basically, you can be as evil as you want to be.

And therein lies the issue that most of these holier-than-thou types have with games like GTA.... the very act of role-playing anything, ANYTHING except a god-loving American scares the bejeezus out of them. I'm not sure why, I've never actually gotten close enough to one for more than a minute without throwing my hands up and walking away to find out, but there it is. In their view, you shouldn't want to even PLAY at being a bad guy, because it could grow into REAL-LIFE bad behavior. The argument is ridiculous, but there you have it.

In their minds, you can't want to PRETEND to be a bad guy. You cant want to play-act as a villain. Evil thoughts, evil deeds, I guess? I dunno. But I DO know that there are people out there who want to put Rockstar Games (the makers of GTA) out of business for putting out a game like Grand Theft Auto.

And that scares me. A lot. The day that my recreational outlets are being regulated by people who don't have the same moral, religious, or ethical guidelines as I do, is the day I pack it in and go back to playing Chess.

Hey wait a minute! The pieces in a chess game are black and white! That's reprehensible! I never realized until just now that the game of chess simulates a RACE WAR! How sick!
I'm sorry guys, I gotta go start a anti-chess support group, and burn my "Searching for Bobby Fischer" DVD.

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