*SPOILERS* Grand Theft Auto 5 under fire for graphic torture scene

Grand Theft Auto V, one of the most expensive computer games ever made, has caused outrage among human rights groups for including a torture scene in which the player must pull teeth and electrocute an unarmed man.
The mission has been condemned for its violence, as well as for missing the satirical mark

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Snookies121674d ago

I thought that scene was wonderfully done. Made me cringe pulling the dude's teeth out. That's what it was going for though, right? So it certainly hit its mark! Good on 'em for doing things others won't.

Kennytaur1674d ago

And the agent was hilarious, as he hardly even bothered listening to the victim.

PoSTedUP1673d ago (Edited 1673d ago )

good going, human rights groups. *sigh* now i gotta think about yall whlie im pulling teeth.

doesnt any logical opposition to this kinda stuff ever realise that it's what they are doing (attacking something that is minding its own business, in laymans terms) is one of the bigger ingredients to what causes violence and conflict in the first place? the games got a MA sticker on it just like a movie has a R or NC17 sticker.

Jack_Of_All_Blades1673d ago

Agreed, it's just a game, and Trevor is a psychopath


At least he let him go

pixelsword1673d ago

Wasn't as bad as MGS3's torture scene to me; losing an eye was pretty bad.

irepbtown1673d ago

I'm sure we've all seen a good amount of films which have torture and of these films many aren't even rated 18 (now a days they can get away with a 15).

This is an 18 rated game after all, not PG.

ThanatosDMC1673d ago

One thing i realized after this mission was the lack of gambling. Then i further realized that the game is missing Las Venturas and San Fierro.

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ForgottenProphecy1673d ago

I think it highlights how evil the agent is (I think he symbolizes the government as a whole in this game) and it also highlights how Trevor will do anything to get what needs to be done, done.

iamnsuperman1673d ago

I see what they were trying to do but its execution was poor. The rant by Trevor shouldn't have been necessary and it should have been shown through the unreliable nature torture has attached to it.

Pintheshadows1673d ago

I saw it as a way to up the ante for Trevor's violence after Michael had called him evil in therapy. I saw it is a way to ramp that idea up to higher levels and the drive with Mr K after was some of my favourite dialogue in the game.

theshonen88991673d ago

My main problem with this is that normally Rockstar is absolutely incredible with creating satirical scenes and themes in their games that mimic and make fun of today's politics and current events. The radio with the obsessively intolerant talk show hosts like Bill O'Reilly, the corrupt politicians who hate minorities, the reality shows aired solely to make fun of and shame people, etc. etc. These are genuinely funny and are offer good commentary of today's world.

But with this torture scene I can't see any of that. You can argue that they were trying to make fun of Middle Eastern racial profiling and torture, but I can't understand how torturing an Arab and killing another bearded Arab is suppose to be funny. Maybe I just don't have the sense of humor.

hellzsupernova1673d ago

I didn't think it was for humour at all. That's not what I took away from that mission.
That's the point in the game where I thought twice about what was happening.

buynit1673d ago

I havnt got to that part yet but maybe it wasnt meant to be funny? Im just thinking that cause i dont know of any torture scenes that tried to be funny not any that involved blood anyway..

Pintheshadows1673d ago

Yeah, it wasn't intended to be a funny scene. It does two things from a story perspective. Increases the idea that Trevor is 'evil' and shows just how much of a depraved knob Haynes is.

irepbtown1673d ago

If you want some form of link to reality (which I don't give a heaps about), do some research on Abu-graib prison, and various CIA prisons around the world (Poland has one) which prisoners claim to have been tortured (many have allegedly died).

So there's your link. I wan't to reiterate, I personally don't care about the link. We get to see what Trevor is willing to do, how crazy he really is, and that really sets the tone for what we 'feel' for him afterwards. Great job R*.

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Blacksand11673d ago (Edited 1673d ago )

If people don't like the stuff that goes on in game, don't buy it. The game is for hardcore gamer's anyway.

TenSteps1673d ago (Edited 1673d ago )

The first part is acceptable, Indeed the game does clearly both through history and in basic premise advertise that it will be quite violent. And if they don't like the violence than they shouldn't buy it.

The latter part of your reasoning isn't even a viable excuse though. The "the game is for hardcore gamers anyway" part to be specific

A hardcore gamer is a "hardcore" gamer because he plays more than casual games and or chooses to game as his main hobby.

A person's stomach for violence isn't what determines whether one is a "hardcore gamer".

StoutBEER1673d ago (Edited 1673d ago )

After the brutal torture scene you hear Trevor denoting torturing as a means of getting info. I think Rockstar is trying to say torturing doesn't work. o_o

3-4-51673d ago

Yea I didn't want to play that mission. Made me cringe and uncomfortable. They could have just hinted at it and I would have put 2+2 together and figured out what was happening.

Game is still awesome though.

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CaptainPunch1674d ago

Honestly this doesn't surprise me. When I was playing the torturing scene as Trevor, I was thinking how the media is going to use this - to say video games are violent bla bla. It's getting ridiculous. Why don't they go after movies or books? Because they're paid off, it's sad.

TheSsus1673d ago

Did the media say anything about Hostel when it came out? Nope... But since this is a video game, they instantly associate it with children. Straight bias, for shame.

DoomeDx1674d ago

If you love playing GTA V and want to be full of suprises, do NOT get on N4G.


''How to find Packy from GTA IV''

''GTA V invites players to blow-up Mark Zuckerberg lookalike as it parodies Facebook office"

"grand theft auto 5 under fire for graphic torture scene"

xHoii1674d ago

I actually feel bad for posting 3 of those, I'm really sorry to those who haven't bought the game yet, but those with the game, I suppose 99% of the people are way past all these points in the game.

DoomeDx1674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )

I wasnt :p

I was spending so much time jerking around.

Maybe put a spoiler warning before the headline

EDIT: Awesome! You did it. kudos

SniperControl1674d ago

Right, maybe those same people should look at films like Zero Dark Thirty, that contains a full 20 minutes of torture including a very graphic chinese water torture scene. Outstanding film by the way.

xHoii1674d ago

Yes infact, and unlike the game, the whole movie is based on a true story.. Surprise surprise

KonsoruMasuta1674d ago

What about the Saw series or the Hostel movies. Now those have some brutal scenes.

smashman981674d ago

I personally thought it was really boring

bohemian 231673d ago

It kind of was for me too, really don't know why anyone would be upset about it. Not to mention, you are playing Grand Theft Auto.

irepbtown1673d ago

Me too, the trailer looked awesome, went to watch it and I think the biggest problem was the length of the film (almost 2 hrs 30 mins), it was just too boring. I have to say Jessica Chastain was brilliant (only reason I didn't leave).

Anyway, back on topic, I don't see the fuss. Almost every action film has a form of torture. Whether that is a simple few punches or more. Crank 2 has a hilarious one, Jason Statham stick a shot gun with industrial oil up a dudes a**. I don't see the media going crazy about that.

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