I would have never considered any Grand Theft Auto Game a work of art. Seems so strange to consider a game where you go around causing mass chaos a work of art. My problem was never going further in Grand Theft Auto. I played Grand Theft Auto V on my PC after buying it from steam and expected the usual crazy stuff but was pleasantly surprised. I played the story mode and online mode, both leaving me with very different thoughts but equally impressing me. Grand Theft Auto V as a game is made up of an amazing collection of efforts and works. Becker believes art is a collective activity and that everything that goes into producing a piece of art, is art itself. Grand Theft Auto V’s story mode is a great example of this. The game opens up with an action packed robbery where we see Micheal, one out of our three protagonists, past life unfold. This opening serves as a beautiful yet interactive exposition of this story. The opening then fast forwards to Micheal’s life in the future with a cinematic scene of him contemplating life with a shrink.
The game then gives us a glimpse of Grand Theft Auto’s large world with a well fixed showcase of Los Santos living world. Los Santos, the place Grand Theft Auto V takes place in, feels alive and feels like a breathing world. Everyone has speaking roles, the world interacts to your actions, and the world changes to the way you behave as well. There are breath taking moments during the game where you can jut stare at the skyline. There’s also the realistic animation and even the sound of the world around you. You can hear the traffic, tell cars apart, tell people apart, and listen to nature as well. Even the story shifts and changes to actions you take, such as trying to improve Micheal’s unhappy life and trying to get Franklin to a better living condition. All of these things come together to make Grand Theft Auto V the work of art it is. Behind all of this there is a large group of Voice Actors that gave the characters and the world life. There’s also the amazing writers that gave those characters and world their lines. There’s amazing groups of teams that made the animation, sound, and visuals of the game possible. The game has great music as well and unique radio stations in game all composed by a talented Music Department. These people all worked hard to bring Grand Theft Auto V together. All of their work is art in itself. Their entire process in creating it for the unit that is Grand Theft Auto V is also amazing and it’s why I can now see Grand Theft Auto, specially GTAV as a work of art. We see music as art. We see photography as art. We see car design as art. We see the roles Actors and Voice Actors play as art. We see the scripts of movies as art. We see the writing in books that tell tales as art as well.
All of those things we call art make up Grand Theft Auto V. It has them all and showcases them strongly. “Art Worlds consist of all the people whose activities are necessary to the production of the characteristic works which that world, and perhaps others as well, define as art.” (Becker Art Worlds 1982 p. 34) Becker believes that the entire process of creating a work of art is a collective activity. Art being a collective of everything that went into bringing it into existence. Grand Theft Auto V captures all of this wonderfully. It has many forms of art and they all work together to form this video game. It’s not only art, it’s a collection of about everything we can call art.