Obligatory video game outrage - Page 2

Grand Theft Auto 4 -- intriguing, elaborate, disturbing, and disturbed
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That's not the point of the game, but people can do it.

The reason these horrible things can happen in The Sims is exactly the same reason they happen in GTA: these are cutting-edge video games defined by player freedom rather than locking the player into a prescribed narrative loop where veering off the racetrack means "lose" rather than "find a new adventure." When you give players the option to explore their fantasies, you're going to get some dark stuff. Yes, it's disturbing. But it's also the foundation of great art.

Annalee Newitz (annalee@techsploitation.com) is a surly media nerd who has just started playing GTA4 but has already read all the spoilers for it.

Comments

DW

Officially obsessed with Disco Vaginas now. I absolutely must get to know more of this phenomenon, this Lolene! Anyone who says they want to be the brown Madonna wins in my book. Thanks for interviewing her!

Posted by DW on Oct. 07, 2009 @ 10:35 am

Great article, Pollo!

Posted by shilps on Oct. 09, 2009 @ 12:04 pm

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