The video game industry has enjoyed a lot of success in recent years, but one game has stood out from the rest. No, it’s not Call Of Duty, Halo, or Madden. Grand Theft Auto has spawned controversy, and yet at the same time, has had people who can’t get enough of it. Being a “gamer” myself, I wanted to know: why is it so successful?
Answering that question may seem easy, but I can assure you—it’s not. People might say it’s successful because of the violence—and that may be true to some extent, but again, that’s not the core reason why it’s so successful. After thinking about it, and gathering information—I have come to a conclusion: freedom. Let me explain further, and give you exact details of why assessment rings true in the gaming world. GTA (Grand Theft Auto) enables the player to have complete freedom in the game. Typically in a game, you have a mission that you must complete in order to advance further in the game. In GTA, you are not forced to complete the main missions, and that in itself is what makes the game successful. And of course, the realism in the game plays a big factor in the success of the game. During the course of playing the game—you can do the following: steal vehicles, play golf, fly a plane, buy property, customize vehicles, etc. The possibilities literally endless of what you can do in the game.
Contrary to the media talking about the violence of GTA, I am here to tell you that gamers are not interested in just pure violence. Again, it’s the freedom factor, not the violence gamers are after. Gamers like to have choices in what they’re doing in a game, and GTA goes above and beyond in that department.
Playing a GTA game is so different from other games on the market. You get to choose what type of person you want to be, how far you are willing to take things, and most of all: the decisions you will have to make. GTA does a great job of blending in realism, and getting you to make a multitude of decisions. Granted, there are instances where people will choose to act silly in the game, and make bad decisions. But again, it’s the freedom factor that makes it enjoyable for all types of people.
Picking up a controller is a lot different today than it was 20 years ago. Today’s games challenge you, frustrate you, and make you think. GTA offers you all of those options, but it’s up to you to decide what you’re going to do, and most importantly, how you’re going to do it.