Had you actually read parts of my post you would see that I agree this iteration of GTA is not suitable for a 15 year old, but I'm also dead set on refuting your inaccuracies about the game. And again you bring up the red light thing without addressing the real issue with the red light question. Why would you stop when the rules of the game say you don't have to? You can choose to stop and fail, but you aren't required to stop, by not stopping you aren't breaking the laws of the game, its your choice to place the rules of reality on a simulation of reality.
And video games are an artform. the newest and most controversial art from of the 20th and 21st centuries. And by comparing GTA to bestiality degrades art, GTA, and all video games. Huge blockbuster games aren't art? Perhaps you should read the one of two books out on video game art. Called simply Video Game Art, by Nic Kelman.
And the ESRB has censored video games in the past. Manhunt 2. Given an AO rating when it originally came out due to graphic violence (not one I would recommend for a 15 year old, but mainly because the controls are atrocious.) Now this might not seem like censorship to a noob (and I use this term to identify myself as a young gamer diligently learning 1337 speak from the Rosetta Stone) BUT Walmarts, Targets, Meyers, etc many stores refuse to sell AO rated games. And the consoles themselves refuse to allow AO games on their systems. AO ratings are the industries way of destroying a video game.
And to whom are these media that don't show repercussions for actions damaging to? children? because then you're just arguing semantics over whether or not a 15year old is considered a child or an adolescent or young person, or whatever.
I say yes GTA is art because of the storytelling and the execution. Okami is visually beautiful yes and I would also say that it is art. I have never played it so I cannot comment on the story. Any game that teaches us something, albeit consciously or unconsciously has elements of art.
And with the internet today there is no age requirement for pornography, there is no age requirement to enter contests via website which ask for a birth date, there is no "you must be 18 to enter."
We aren't talking about kids wondering around the internet and finding this content. We are talking about a parent questioning whether or not they should buy the game for their 15 year old child. I say if the child is mature, and the parent is the only one who knows that, then sure, but make sure you understand what is in the game. And you have misrepresented the game. As someone working to fight censorship you have done your cause a disservice. You should know better, the politicians misconstrue games to help place blame on them.
(oh and P.S., I'm an art student and have been playing some variation of the GTA series since I was 11. You know what it did to me. It opened my mind to the world of great storytelling, the advertisements in the game inspired me to view art more openly. To try and compare Grand Theft Auto to beastiality to refute my claims. Thats just asinine.)
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