Is Grand Theft Auto still the "bad boy" of video games?

#1 Posted by Claude (16251 posts) -


#2 Posted by Claude (16251 posts) -

It gets the most press. That boy is bad, so yes.

#3 Posted by MooseyMcMan (9795 posts) -

No. They used to be all about shocking people, and being crazy, but there's not really much left that can shock people, and GTA IV was more about telling a story than being shocking, and what I've seen of GTA V (which is obviously representative of the entire game) looks like it'll be following the same route.

#4 Posted by Claude (16251 posts) -

@MooseyMcMan: But GTA has a history, you can't escape that.

#5 Posted by Miningguyx360 (324 posts) -

GTA IV got a bunch of shit for being able to kill hookers for points, which totally isn't a thing in that game.

#6 Posted by MooseyMcMan (9795 posts) -

@Claude said:

@MooseyMcMan: But GTA has a history, you can't escape that.

So does Sonic. That doesn't mean people instantly assume Sonic games are going to be good.

#7 Posted by FilipHolm (663 posts) -

Pretty much, no other game critizise our society (particularly america) and makes asmuch fun of it as GTA.

#8 Posted by McGhee (6091 posts) -

@MooseyMcMan said:

@Claude said:

@MooseyMcMan: But GTA has a history, you can't escape that.

So does Sonic. That doesn't mean people instantly assume Sonic games are going to be good.

That's because Sonic games were never good.

#9 Posted by Twitchey (865 posts) -

If Voltron isn't getting shit for the things they're doing with Saints Row then GTA is in the clear. 

#10 Posted by Fjordson (2448 posts) -

Sort of. I don't know, I think it's just that it does things other games don't. Prominent gay and minority characters, social commentary, male nudity, etc.

A lot of it isn't super offensive in the real world, but some of it is fairly rare in the realm of video games.

#11 Posted by Strife777 (1435 posts) -

Let's just say I expect it to be in the news, and not for the good reasons.

#12 Posted by kashif1 (1428 posts) -

@McGhee_the_Insomniac said:

@MooseyMcMan said:

@Claude said:

@MooseyMcMan: But GTA has a history, you can't escape that.

So does Sonic. That doesn't mean people instantly assume Sonic games are going to be good.

That's because Sonic games were never good.

You want my spare flame shield?

#13 Posted by TheSeductiveMoose (3617 posts) -

Well, I find them to be one of few developers who isn't afraid to deal with controversial subjects.

#14 Posted by MooseyMcMan (9795 posts) -

@McGhee_the_Insomniac said:

@MooseyMcMan said:

@Claude said:

@MooseyMcMan: But GTA has a history, you can't escape that.

So does Sonic. That doesn't mean people instantly assume Sonic games are going to be good.

That's because Sonic games were never good.

Just because you don't like them doesn't mean they weren't good. There are plenty of people who still love the original few Sonic games on the Genesis. Those are good games. Stop trolling. Your opinion does not represent everyone.

#15 Posted by McGhee (6091 posts) -

@kashif1 said:

@McGhee_the_Insomniac said:

@MooseyMcMan said:

@Claude said:

@MooseyMcMan: But GTA has a history, you can't escape that.

So does Sonic. That doesn't mean people instantly assume Sonic games are going to be good.

That's because Sonic games were never good.

You want my spare flame shield?

;D

#16 Posted by Slaker117 (4835 posts) -

To people like us, people who follow video games and know what they're about, GTA doesn't have that much bite. To the general public, the name is still attached to killing cops and beating up hookers.

#17 Edited by Jazzycola (662 posts) -

I don't think so. If GTA5 gets a headline, I think the main reason is because of its history not because anything actually in it was particularly horrifying. People know GTA because it was one of the first of its kind but now it's sorta become the standard. But we're not talking history we're talking present day. Is GTA still the bad boy? and I'd say no. Sure, GTA games still make racist satire or social commentary but I wouldn't necessarily call that being a "bad boy". News channels have more vicious commentary and racism than GTA4. Just look at what's been going on recently with Herman Cain. As far as the killing is concerned, well look at any FPS. If we're talking hot coffee-like scandalous then well again the answer no they are not the "bad boy". Saint's Row has taken that role from GTA, just look at the tagline for the third.

Sure, GTA will get those headlines because its recognizable but honestly it's not all that bad compared to other video games presently or even movies. My answer changes, however, if your question is whether or not GTA will always be the poster boy for all that's evil about video games for the mass media. In that case, the answer will always be yes just based on how lazy(or manipulative) the media is currently.

#18 Edited by WrathOfBanja (346 posts) -

Come on... Everyone knows Bulletstorm is the bad boy of video games now.

#19 Posted by Hizang (8534 posts) -

Not really, GTA was the big bad boy in the PS2 era, I remember my mum freaking out when she saw me play Vice City once and I was running round with a katana slicing people's heads off.

#20 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4866 posts) -

It's a tie lol. I think MK was the rebel of games, then GTA, but now it's Mass effect.

#21 Posted by Vexxan (4600 posts) -
@Strife777 said:

Let's just say I expect it to be in the news, and not for the good reasons.

This. Happens every time we get a new GTA.
#22 Posted by MariachiMacabre (6942 posts) -

It may not be as purposefully shocking as it once was (except for that Lost and Damned dong) but it's hard to argue with the fact that all that notoriety is part of the reason these games sell so well. It just so happens that they happen to be great games as well.

#23 Posted by McShank (1628 posts) -

@Slaker117 said:

To people like us, people who follow video games and know what they're about, GTA doesn't have that much bite. To the general public, the name is still attached to killing cops and beating up hookers.

dont forget all the kids who shot up their schools and crap blaming it on GTA... people still relate those to the game even though there are 0 schools in those games >.< Not even school buses.. Or children infact.. WTF rockstar! Put children in the game so we can shoot them! now that would be on the news :D And to me, it would be the good news..

#24 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

It depends, I voted no because to people like us it has taken a turn from being an over the top game that gets a lot of controversy to taking a much more serious tone. However, to the general public they probably wont be looking at Saints Row the third and seeing it's worse than Grand Theft Auto so to the general publlic - yes.

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