MWEB GameZone Writer Zubayr Bhyat has a few things to say about the much debated rape scene in GTA V that was talked about on PSU.com. The question has to be asked: What does the way you you act in the game say about your character?
I don't read too much into this type of thing, or identify what my morality is. I know what this game represents and how it plays and that says nothing about my character as a person. It is the same concept in terms of morality as discussing as to how I feel about robbing a bank or hijacking a car in broad daylight. If I queried all of these choices while playing the game, I might as well not be playing it. Nice read though.
Here's the thing. I tend to invest myself in stories, whether in games or books. I question morality behind choices in every way. Very often the reaction to an immoral act is an indication of a future consequence. We saw it in Mass Effect, now in GTA V. It was clearly put in to test reactions. The thing is, games let us play out things we ordinarily wouldn't right - but where disturbingly real things are depicted we have to think about moral issues. Bank robberies in games are normally glorified, but rape is not - we have to ask why? It's clearly a taboo topic.
I've been thinking abt this for a while, should video games even offer that choice? Should dev steer clear of real life trauma like rape, or should they explore it? I am still not sure on my own view re this. On the one hand I think it is a good idea for games to serve as an outlet for the dark fantasies of the soul, on the other hand, do we want to feed the demons that lurk in our hearts?
I'd like to think about a part one of my favourite quotes from Alpha Centauri. "Evil lurks in the datastreams of today, just like they lurked in the streets on yesteryear - but it was never the streets that were evil."
What a brilliant quote!
If done tastefully there is absolutely nothing wrong with challenging players with something as controversial as rape. For me it's a good indicator how people would react idealistically.
The problem there is nothing "tasteful" about the subject matter, in this case rape. Sadly such a barbaric thing still exists in our "civilized" world today. I'd rather go with "sensitivity to the subject matter"...
To be honest, I don't know what I'd do. In a real life situation like that, it's easy to say that you'd dive in and save the lady but when you're confronted by the reality of three massive dudes with guns raping a woman I think it's highly possible you would find your reaction to be very different. It's not actually necessary to explore such themes in games, but it is an interesting psychological experiment I guess. All the srs stuff being said, it's GTA, I'd dive in and beat s*** up because that's what you do in GTA.
Choices in games are a good thing - If i remember that was that one wacked out shooter that allowed you to shoot into a crowd, shoot one person specifically, or shoot into the air to disperse the crowd. The first two were obvious, but the third is unlabeled and not immediately obvious. Spec Ops - The Line Sandbox MMO's push this type of behaviour, like EVE Online, calling it emergent behaviour, based on player choices making a bigger impact not just for your experience, but those players around you.
why are we even having this discussion? which is worse wanton mass murder or rape? would you kill someone on an average day? chances are no, yet that does not bother us as a collective ... but a supposed tape act should? jeez people get serious. And while it is good to be a hero and all, there are just too many hypocrites out there that just deserve a stupid death ... like the author of this article. regardless of the situation, if you see someone getting raped, stay clear, call the cops, witness the while thing, follow at a distance and you can make a difference. life is not a video game. you will get shot, the person will still get raped and because if your stupidity the perpetrators could get away. there is chivalry and there is stupidity, know which one you are calling on. lastly, until it is proven that this really exist in GTA, no need to lose sleep over it. and if it is indeed included, you have options; taking the disc out and never playing it again, playing through just to see how it plays out, or just ignoring the whole thing
You're saying I deserve a stupid death? I simply asked a question. That's how I respond to the situation in game. It'd be my first reaction and probably what I'd do to help someone out in need, and yes it'd be a life risking situation. That's a really unnecessary comment. You're welcome to give constructive criticism here.
I re read the article again, and noticed when you gave your opinion you did not differentiate the difference between playing super hero in a game and in real life. play super hero in a game and no one should care because how you play your game should not concern anyone. If that is how you act in real life, then by all means I stand by my comment. If you have a forum to route and post public articles, you owe it to your readers to be responsible. chivalry and stupidity are 2 different things. put a disclaimer that though that is what you will do, period should always call the cops. that is what they get paid for. Until then foot every stupid act of chivalry, I wish a stood death to the hero. We are all entitled to our opinions. You just read mine.
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