Grand Theft Auto V may be one of the best-reviewed games in all of history, but it does surprise us that it is also the highest-scoring GamesBeat Threeview to date. A 100 out of 100 … coming from Professor Murray?
It's awesome that the professor liked it so much. She's spot-on.
Well, the award for "most pretentious title" goes to...
Soraya is right, obviously, but she overlooks the fact that the game is made to be SO fun, which makes it problematic. She's right, and few people seem to be catching onto this point, when she says "The above listed are topical, urgent problems that are on everyone’s minds, and the designers of GTA V smartly needle those sensitivities around our collective complicity in them through their satirical model of the American way." She seems to not realise that pretty much everyone playing the game DOESN'T realise this point. They just see it as a "playground for their dark inner selves" (why does this sinister dark inner self exist in you? Can't say it does in me...). The satire that drenches the game is supposed to make all the bad stuff seem ridiculous and insane, but really it can't compete against the game's fun factor. People come out of it feeling all this stuff is somehow "good" because of the fun associated with it. Players thereby become, as she says, complicit, but they STILL don't realise it, despite the game's best efforts. The game, you see, is too much of a "game". It inherits too many of the mindless and escapist things associated with games, and which are embedded in the understanding of games so deeply that the satire they try to shoehorn in goes largely unnoticed. Obviously SHE notices, but then, she's a darn Ph.D, this is what she's good at doing and discerning. I'm not sure she realises the kind of people who play these games- I'm not sure she realises how many gamers are, well, pretty dumb.
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