Since I am not a GTA gamer, I did some reasearch into the controversies of GTA V because I have always been fascinated by the sheer ruthlessness of the game.
This article published to CNBC.com on the 19 Septemer 2013 (http://www.cnbc.com/id/101047721) outlines the reasons GTA V has such a bad reputation.
“Alleged misogyny, rampant use of racially offensive terms and heavily sexual scenes are just some of the game’s polarizing moments.”
“In the first several hours of gameplay, the N-word is heard several hundred times (usually, but not always, by black characters). Other harsh obscenities are part of the speech patterns of every character in the game, including drivers you cut off.”
I found the N-Word use most fascinating myself. I am not aware of whom exactly ‘created’ these bleack characters that use obscene language but I don’t believe the creator’s ethnicity matters. The fact that GTA V uses moving animations of black people calling each other/other people derogatory words is beyond me.
In regards to Gaming and Ethnicity, we have come to believe that “Represenations often show us white understandings of other cultures” and it is fair to say taht GTA V has been created under the pretence that it is acceptable for a black person to call another a
It is apparently also acceptable for an animation that looks like a black person to say this same word, hundreds of times.
If representations of other cultures are frequently negative or neutral, it may be useful to look at the ‘baddies’ in GTA Games.
Listed under the ‘Villains’ section on Wikaia (http://villains.wikia.com/wiki/Category:GTA_Villains) here are some images.
An alarming percentage of these ‘Baddies’ are of African American ethnicity.
The protagonist is white.
GTA V reinforces many negative perspectives of certain races. It could be developed from a holistic point of view with more acknowledgement for all races rather than simply placing black characters in as ‘baddies’ or ‘neutral’ in order to attain balance.