We're not entirely sure how to deal with this one given that we usually spend time criticising zero-science studies about video game and violence. Apparently the guys paid to act in GTAV don't think that GTAV's violence is a bad thing... let's find out more.
We'll reiterate however, that Ned Luke, who plays psychopath Michael de Santa, Steven Ogg, who plays psychopath Trevor Philips, and Shawn Fonteno, an ex gang member who plays psychopath Franklin Clinton in GTAV
were all asked about the violence. Ned Luke posed this: "You definitely don't want GTA raising your children," he went on:
"As an actor, I got to go out and do all these crazy things and then go back home to my wife and my son and go out in the back yard and throw a baseball around like a normal all-American dad. I think that's what these games are. People who take them too seriously and go, 'Oh, this is life.' No, this isn't life. This is imagination. It's just fun. You definitely don't want GTA raising your children. But it's not a bad release from them, when you need to get away."
Franklin, sorry, Shawn Fonteno, looks to the parents: "People already have it in their mind that GTA is for kids because it's a game. Then they hear about the violence and they're instantly going to attack because it's a game. Now, if it was a movie it would be a different story and these same people would be out there supporting it. GTA V is like a movie. Once they get the game in their hands, they'll see. It says it big as day--Mature. It's not for the kids to go get. It's for Mature audiences only. If kids get it, then that's on their parents."
-Breaking Bad spoiler in next paragraph
Trevor also has a take, "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. Look at what's on TV. Breaking Bad had that episode where Giancarlo got his face blown off. There's a lot of intense stuff out there. 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.'"
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