Grand Theft Auto V and the Grand Theft Auto video game series, in general, are one of the most popular open world action-adventure games where you are able to expand anywhere inside the game, there are no limits to the boundaries. Grand Theft Auto V was created by RockStar Games in September of 2013. Grand Theft Auto V is labeled as a rated R game requiring an individual must be the age of 17+ to purchase the video game since it is not a game that is meant for little kids. Even though it is a game that is labeled rated R, kids were able to beg their parents or someone else old enough to purchase the game for them. I’m pretty sure we all at one point in our lives have played any Grand Theft Auto game while we weren’t 17 or older. The game consists of completing several missions assigned throughout the game with the characters of Michael De Santa, Franklin Clinton, and Trevor Phillips.
There are also side missions that you are able to complete if you would like to after you finish with all the main missions. As well as completing these missions, you are able to basically do what ever you want in the game such as steal cars, kill people,etc. Another great thing about Grand Theft Auto V on top of having free will to do anything is that there is downloadable content to add on to the main campaign of the game. In Grand Theft Auto V you are able to play online with friends, so you are able to play and talk to your friends at the same time perhaps leading to more enjoyable game play. I know that I would rather play online with some friends than to play by myself, I would experience more fun and enjoy messing around with each other online. Having free will throughout the game, the downloadable content, being able to play with friends and a basically never ending game are several reasons why the Grand Theft Auto series has been so successful.
Art, according to Wikipedia, is described as a diverse range of human activities creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts , expressing the author’s imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. Grand Theft Auto V is art because you have free will to do anything in the area given, the same way artists have the ability to do what ever they want on the canvas given and it still be considered art. According to Benjamin, “Even the most perfect reproduction of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be”, this relates to how Grand Theft Auto V is art because the place you are at in the game may be art to someone and just ordinary for the other. Also according to Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, “Ideal unity can enter the art consciousness only through the unfolding and then the reconciliation of particularization of the Idea, and, through this development,artistic beauty acquires a totality of particular stages and forms” this relates to Grand Theft Auto V because what Hegel is saying is that art requires progress, and in Grand Theft Auto V you are required to progress throughout the game by completing these missions to “complete” the game. In the end, Grand Theft Auto V can be classified as art because of the free will you have throughout the game to basically do whatever you want, as how artists have the same free will to do whatever they want.