GTA – Giant Target Attack… aka Grand Theft Auto V Rant!
As you are more than likely aware, GTA V has been removed from shelves in Target under the premise that it encourages violence against women. Now while the women who pushed for this are survivors of sexual violence and I have nothing but respect and admiration for them, this is ultimately an irrelevant solution for a larger problem that solves nothing. The allegations from the petition of encouraging the solicitation of Prostitutes for the players gain, and also encouraging violence against said prostitutes after using their services. This is a false accusation, and I’ll explain why.
Firstly GTA V’s world is equally populated by men and women with a heavy layering of satire, and whether the player goes on shooting spree’s is up to the discretion of the player. The game never says “Oh look there’s a woman, beat the shit out of her”. If someone spends most of their time murdering/assaulting the women randomly generated in the game, then they’ve probably got something wrong already.
Secondly the game puts you in control of 3 criminals who are all terrible people in their own ways, and are not glorified in any way and shows just how shit these people are. Should every crime movie that depicts violence against women be removed from stores? Because it’s the same thing as removing GTA from stores. Also shooting Polygons, Pixels, and Programming does not make you want to do it in real life, as studies innumerable have proven time and time again.
Thirdly this game is R18+. As in TARGETED at people 18 and over, people who are legally adults and thus judged to make rational decisions about what entertainment they consume. If you or someone you know is worried about what their kid will learn from GTA V then don’t buy it for them. It’s not meant for them. If your kid, or someone elses kid, is playing GTA V and they’re under 18, don’t blame the content creators. It’s the responsibility of the retailer and the parent to use discretion when selling a product that’s restricted to an age group. No one under 18 is legally allowed to buy or own alcohol/tobacco, yet that doesn’t stop them from trying does it? Same thing applies here.
For the game to encourage violence against the women in the game there would need to be some sort of bonus attributed to the action. As it stands the player gains NOTHING from harming women or anyone in the game. Nothing at all, and in fact the only result of those actions is that the games Police force hunts the player down to either arrest or kill the player. Therefore the “reward” for the players violent actions is either Jail Time or Death. That also goes for the use of/violence towards prostitutes in the game, as the act of soliciting sex in the game only results in a fully clothed animation that has no player control, and a loss of in game money, so the act of using prostitutes is as empty a pursuit in game as it is in real life.
In short games like these don’t promote violence against women, but nor do they disallow it, which is why you play as piece of shit criminals who end up having everything go wrong for them and all the NPC characters hating them, and also why these games are targeted at ADULTS.
If you don’t like it don’t buy it, no-one is forcing you to play it, just like no one is forcing you to hurt women in video games or real-life!