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GTA 2 was the one I liked. The best was trying to run over all the Elvis impersonators in one drift for the big bonus. Once I got put in a 3D city-scape (with Vice City, skipped 3), I found myself obeying traffic laws as best as the mechanics would let me and trying not to run anyone over, praying I would find a moped to blast around on. When I realized this, I dusted off the old N64 and got back into Excitebike for a week, never cared about GTA again. I assumed (and just verified) Vice City was supposed to be a ripoff of Miami, but I'm a midwesterner, I don't know about y'all city slickers and yer ways.

I don't understand the game. I know it's a game and everybody is terrible and it should be funny to just blast whoever and run from the cops, and that's how my friends have always played it, but I was also the guy who went for the flower-picking titles in Red Dead: Redemption online and then went back to single player. Rockstar has this problem where they love to fill an environment with NPC a-holes who don't like you for you to treat without mercy. Not only are they not real people, but they aren't innocents so you never have to feel bad when you dust them. I think it's gaming preference.

People might not remember, but Doom was accused as inspiration for Columbine. That's a pretty incredible argument, I played Doom when I was 5 and COD 2 when I was 21, I don't want to shoot up anything. It's not something that I really think could have distorted any sane perception of the world. GTA is more of gaming preference, separate from perception of reality, and if you're sane and not American but playing American games, there's got to be some level of appreciation and lack of confusion about the fact that it's an American-made fantasy violence game.
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As a guy from England, I can honestly say over here we're subjected to so much culture from areas in America be it on TV or in movies or the internet, games, and it goes on, so it's not too hard to form a rough idea of what it's like. I'm personally well aware that GTA is a caricature of the modern world, and everyone is a dickbag in the games, and I refuse to believe there's a country where literally everyone you come into contact with is a psychotic asshole. I've heard some people say that GTA V captured the essence of Los Angeles with Los Santos rather well, so that was pretty interesting. I mean, it looks like a convincing place so I'm assuming there's nothing inherently strange there. For the most part you just roll with the stories and characters though, much like you would with a film or whatever. So much of what we consume is from the US that it isn't really that jarring by this point, at least to me.

As for a game in another location? Maybe it's because I'm from England but I would like a modern one set somewhere in the UK. It would probably be a city that's based on London but if it could get some countryside areas in there, I don't know, it would just be nice to have somewhere relatable where I can do all the things the real world restricts me from. You could argue there'd be restrictions like an unarmed police force, busy roads, and so on but hell, it's a game, take as many liberties with it as you need. There are maybe 1 or 2 open world games that come to my mind which have London as the game world and that's it. I've actually heard quite a few people say they'd like GTA 6 to be somewhere other than America.

So yeah, the short version would be that it's so hard to escape witnessing American culture that you'd have to pretty much live under a rock to not have some understanding of how it maybe ties in with the culture and how it doesn't. Of course it comes at the cost of some relatability but by this point so much fiction is set in the US, and we both speak rather similarly, so it's accessible and hard to miss.


Actually that exists, it's old though:

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xxJing wrote:

Actually that exists, it's old though:



Not to sound cocky as it's absolutely not my intention, but the reason I said 'modern' is because I am aware of the old version :p It's just that of the open-world games in London that I can recall, the last one was in the PS2 era. I'd love to see one done with modern technology and to see how they recreate the architecture. I know we've got the new Assassin's creed coming out in London but A. Do we trust them after Unity?
and B. it looks to be set in the Victorian era or something (though it is an Assassin's Creed game) and as such doesn't represent the modern day with cars and such.
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Posted 4/16/15
well I would say the same but for some unlucky fellows their countries either censor it or worse.... ban it
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Posted 4/20/15
ive watch pulp fiction when gta is still a top down game shooter....
i know what to expect....lol....
for me, its just game. movie/game/media is exaggerated all the time.there is no way,in big city inside US got people running around with an rpg,hijacking a toyota prius....lol
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jrixter22 wrote:

If they made a GTA game in another location where would you guys want it to be?


London, Shanghai, Tokyo, Baghdad.
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I'm pretty sure they have a basic idea. America is well-known for its sex, money, and drugs.


Every time I've heard about the United States and sex, from foreigners, it was to say how repressed and closed we were. Not the other way around. Compare Anime and "fanservice" with American animation, and it's version of "fanservice." Who's more open about it?

The Howard Stern show caused such controversy because of its open sexual content and innuendo. So, it was relegated to XM TV and Radio. Yet TV shows like that are common in Latin American countries and well... Everywhere else. The U.S. is not well known for its sexual openness. It is more known as puritanical and closed bedroom door.

What most Americans consider open and promiscuous is nothing an many other countries...

I'm repeating everything I've heard from foreigners, when they talk about Americans and the topic of sex...

Posted 4/21/15
'Stealing cars all day' sums up my experience with the game pretty well :)

Honestly, I didn't really associate the behaviours in the game with American culture, There was a kind of disconnect when I was playing it, not treating the situations as realistic, but more like just a world created for a video game, despite its setting.

I love the open world map of those games, and the Los Santos based on LA was really fun to explore - kinda makes you want to see LA for yourself too!
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Posted 4/21/15
Just feels like I'm playing in a giant city, I don't really think of it as America unless its bought up.
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It would be hilarious to see GTA in Tokyo. I only buy them to rampage all over. It'd be fun considering the high concentration of people. They can even put an achievement called Godzilla that you get once you cause enough destruction.
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The same as it feels for you lot. What a patronising question. -_-
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I'm Japanese, born in Japan, moved to the US because of my dad's job.

Did it make you think were all horrible people?
Not at all, I'm a reasonable person and understand it's a game.
No matter where you're from, ppl who judge shit like that is unreasonable.
It's like saying, "All white ppl (or whatev) are _____", it makes zero sense.


Did you feel like you got to see a glimpse of the inside of america?
My brain really didn't go that way, I guess I knew that the crime rate is higher,etc in the US, but
the game didn't make me realize that...maybe. I think the first time I saw someone play GTA2, I was like holy crap..

But the scenery in the game is interesting.
You're driving through a nice neighborhoods with nice cars, then you drive lil more than its this shitty trailer area, etc..
So where I live, I see that a lot and really makes you think.
Also, the whole hunting thing was interesting, like how you take pics of the animal and send it to that one dude in the game.
I think especially where I live, it reflected how some ppl are ish.


Did you not really care and just steal cars all day? lol
I'm a very non violent individual in ir, but I personally like to steal cars and shoot cops and run over civilians in the game.
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Posted 5/6/15

megahobbit wrote:


jrixter22 wrote:

If they made a GTA game in another location where would you guys want it to be?


London, Shanghai, Tokyo, Baghdad.


Well, there's Sleeping dogs. It's another satirical game, but the setting is in Hong Kong.
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Posted 5/7/15
I feel like an old man saying it, but i prefered the top down original GTA games. Maybe it's me.
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colorfulhoudini wrote:


megahobbit wrote:


jrixter22 wrote:

If they made a GTA game in another location where would you guys want it to be?


London, Shanghai, Tokyo, Baghdad.


Well, there's Sleeping dogs. It's another satirical game, but the setting is in Hong Kong.


I liked Sleeping Dogs. I wouldnt consider it satirical though. Thats what I liked about it how it played it completely straight and brought up some interesting ideas along the way.
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