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Rockstar Employees State Grand Theft Auto 5 Does Not Glamorise Violence

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10/05/2013 10:11 am
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Rockstar Employees State Grand Theft Auto 5 Does Not Glamorise Violence
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Rosie Clarke

Staff Writer

It’s the game of the season and a bone of contention with parents everywhere, but Grand Theft Auto 5 employees are now openly refusing to believe that it glamorises violence. Ned Luke and Steven Ogg voice Trevor and Michael in the game. They came to their characters’ public defense this week when they were asked about the increased levels of violence in GTA 5. “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,” claimed Ned Luke, on behalf of GTA’s Michael de Santa. “The biggest misconception is that it glamorises 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.” “Look for the relationships. Look for the humour. Look for the irony and the satire in the game. That's another big misconception, ‘What, do they think we're serious?’” Trevor’s real-life counterpart, Steven Ogg added to this with the opinion that the media uses violence as an excuse not to talk about the many other issues raised by video games in general. “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.” “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'.” Whatever folks might think, this game is going no-where fast! In three measly days, GTA 5 made $1 billion, making it the fastest-selling entertainment product in history. It’s broken records set by games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and even The Avengers movie. Fans are also able to look forward to the multi-platform GTA Online when it get’s up and running. Rockstar have been easing out the kinks since it launched earlier this week with some teething problems. Grand Theft Auto 5 was released on Xbox 360 and PS3 on September 17 this year.


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