Parents with teenage sons playing Grand Theft Auto, and everyone else – WATCH THIS CLIP
Written by Megan Friedman for Cosmopolitan. Originally published on December 18th, 2014.
“The New, Graphic First-Person Sex With Hookers in “Grand Theft Auto V” Is Seriously Disturbing
Nobody plays a Grand Theft Auto game to get a lesson in morality. The massively successful game series has been the subject of countless outraged op-eds about its graphic sex and violence since its debut in 1997. Nearly two decades in, the outcry is only going to get louder, just in time for the holidays: Rockstar Games’ update of GTA V includes first-person mode, which means first-person sex and violence.
The first-person mode is already getting rave reviews, for its vibrant, detailed graphics, and for enhancing “raw thrill-seeking” gameplay elements like jumping out of a plane and fist-fighting. The color of your world even changes if you put sunglasses on your character. But some critics are noting the first-person mode makes the controversial moments feel a little too real. “Hoo boy,” Kotaku notes in its review. “GTA‘s infamous violence and sex both take on a whole new potency when viewed through the first-person perspective.” You can open fire on innocent people in shocking, gory detail. And, of course, you can have sex with a prostitute up-close; all the action was obscured behind closed doors previously.