The Grand Theft Auto (GTA) game series was released in 1997 by publisher Rockstar Games. The game series is immensely popular selling over 125 million units worldwide since its beginning, according to Take-Two Interactive. These statistics don’t include the sales of Grand Theft Auto V. The newest installment has broken records yet again, selling $800 million dollars its first day on the shelves.
Grand Theft Auto receives awards for design and floods of public controversy all at the same time. The fictional series is extremely life-like. The latest installment, Grand Theft Auto V, is set in a very LA-like fictional city. Close attention has been paid to the game’s representation of water, along with fire, one of the hardest things to digitally concentrate.
The series contains a shocking amount of adult content. Therefore, GTA V is stamped with a rating M for Mature. Adult content that is not suitable for children includes:
After a delayed release, Grand Theft Auto V finally hit the shelves this week. The much anticipated release date had gamers lining up hours before doors opened. This is no different than any other Grand Theft Auto release date. The controversy and concerns will linger over this release. Players of GTA V can control three different criminal characters. Missions are filled with stealing cars and killing various enemies.
Again, GTA is rated M for mature. Players 17+ are allowed to purchase this game. However, parents can purchase this game for their children, truly naive to the violence and drug influences depicted in each mission of the game.
Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) have said that some sequences in GTA V involve “smoking from a bong” and “lighting a marijuana joint”, while “cocaine use is also depicted”.
Just as in Grand Theft Auto IV, there is drunk driving depicted in GTA V. This reckless driving leads to running people over and crashing into police cars. The players are controlling the characters, receiving points for excessive brutality the player uses. The Mature rating was placed to keep these scenarios away from young children. Giving that kind of control to a young child, who is easily influenced by video games, is dangerous.
Case in point, Grand Theft Auto V was given to an 11 year old as a gift and you can see his reaction here. The video has sparked a slew of controversy over the importance of following the ratings given.
Children are easily influenced, not just by video games. With everything else out in the world the importance of following ratings set for video games, and movies is important. Influenced by Grand Theft Auto or not, if you suspect you child is using drugs or alcohol, Occupational Drug Testing can help.