One of the biggest issues anti-game activists have with games like Grand Theft Auto V is that they supposedly glamorize – and as a result, promote – violence.
But the main voice actors for GTAV have stepped up to defend Rockstar's game. In a recent TechAdvisor interview with all three of the actors who played the trio of protagonists, we hear a lot of good sense. Personally, I like the first quote from Ned Luke, who plays Michael de Santa:
"Anyone who has any conception at all about the games and hasn't played them should go play the games before they open their mouths. The biggest misconception is that it glamorizes violence. It really doesn't. If you look at my character, Michael, he's rich, but he's a miserable man. Even in the commercials you see that. This is a guy who's struggling with his life's decisions."
Darn good point. Luke added that de Santa is a man who really tried to love his family and do the right thing (he starts the game retired) but somewhere along the way, his temper gets the better of him and he becomes, well…un-retired. Luke said the character "has all these demons" and it's a constant struggle, which makes things interesting.
Then there's the completely psychotic Trevor, played by Steven Ogg. Ogg said video games are nothing more than an "easy scapegoat" when real-world violence occurs:
"The hypocrisy drives me crazy. It just sets the wrong focus. Why not talk about gun control? Why not talk about parenting? Why not talk of lack of family values? There are so many other things to talk about. Look at what's on TV. Breaking Bad had that episode where ********** got his face blown off. There's a lot of intense stuff out there. Video games are just an easy scapegoat. My nephew plays this game. I asked my sister if she was worried because there's some pretty nasty stuff in there and she said, 'I know he's not going to go to school tomorrow with a gun. He's not like that.'"
Sort of makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? As for Shawn Fonteno, who plays the character of Franklin and is in fact a former gang member, he says the constant misconception that games are "just for kids" only makes it easier for the haters. This is something I've been ranting about for years:
"People already have it in their mind that GTA is for kids because it's a game. Then they hear about the violence and they're instantly going to attack because it's a game. Now, if it was a movie it would be a different story and these same people would be out there supporting it. GTAV is like a movie. Once they get the game in their hands, they'll see. It says it big as day–Mature. It's not for the kids to go get. It's for Mature audiences only. If kids get it, then that's on their parents."
Now, why aren't these statements seen on CNBC? Why aren't these statements put in the New York Times? Why aren't these statements being heard on talk shows where people with concerned, condescending voices try to tell everyone how dangerous video games are?
Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto V