“Grand Theft Auto” hates America
Gamers collectively paid 800 million dollars and waited through hours-long queues this Tuesday, all to buy a video game that calls them assholes.
Not directly, of course. The "Grand Theft Auto" series is the video game equivalent of a smartass in the back of the room making wisecracks at everyone’s expense. Just like we might scowl at the smartass without trying to understand what vulnerability he might be covering up with his hostility, we focus on the crimes depicted in "GTA" without looking carefully enough at what lies just underneath the surface.