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Grand Theft Auto IV as American Dreams

At first I thought it was a little bit of a stretch. I’ve never played the game and like the NYT Blog post notes, I think the game is as deep as “Hot New Video Game Consists Solely of Shooting People Point-Blank in the Face”. But after reading the essay, I hope they option it as a script and make the movie already. From the essay:

GTA realizes its violence much more visibly than Space Invaders or even Halo and thus has a better angle on not just being violent, but speaking about violence itself. In previous installments the game was set on parody, pointing to the violence in American culture and our own gleeful nihilism – the very inclinations that make GTA games so popular. But this most recent version has added an element that carries it through parody and onto something else. It sounds crazy, perhaps, butGrand Theft Auto IV introduces a powerful statement on the immigrant experience, and the violent process of assimilation.

Still think that the majority of kids that play it just want to shoot people point blank in the face though.

Via The Awl