Public enemy No. 1
UB considers Grand Theft Auto V’s massive impact on society
Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 00:10
Anthony Mussachio, a senior accounting major and avid GTA V player, agrees. He noticed a similar correlation to what has happened in culture during the time Grand Theft Auto has been around.
“For me, the game made me look back at our own culture in a way I hadn’t done before,” he said. “If you look at [entertainment today], it’s much more adult and graphic. I think Rockstar Games are just riding the tide of what’s out there.”
But, as Anstey points out, another large impact of the game is its transgression of social and cultural norms. Because there is barely any repercussion within the game for the player’s actions, the player can do anything he or she wants, and in Grand Theft Auto V, the list of things you can’t do is becoming increasingly short.
“This is going to sound weird,” said Quinton Brock, a junior English major, “but, it’s an opportunity for people to play off parts of their mind and do things they wish they could do without having to face the repercussions of real life.”
Schmid believes people often forget that GTA is meant to be over the top.
“If it is so popular that millions upon millions of people are playing it every single day, and if indeed there is a causative link between video game play and violence, why aren’t we seeing school shootings every single day of the year?” Schmid said. “How is it that millions of people can play GTA every single day and not go and shoot up a school? Those are questions that are disallowed.”