My game for this blog is Rockstar’s very own Grand Theft Auto V. This game was released in 2015 for PS4 and its been one of the most interesting game I’ve bought for my console. Rockstar has created multiple Grand Theft Auto games ever since 1998 and everyone has just keeps getting better than the previous.
Grand Theft Auto V is based on three different characters, Michael De Santa, Trevor Philips, and Franklin Clinton. Three complete different men all with a common state of being criminals. The main purpose of this game is going through many missions that may involve committing crimes. But after completing each mission, like any other game, it leads to prizes, new maps, cars, contacts, and access to certain things.
Even with all of the success that Grand Theft Auto has acquired, can one call this game “ART”? What is art within a video game and how is a video game art? According
to Walter Benjamin, one of the most important element in art, is its Aura. And an art piece loses that element when it us mass reproduced to the public. So does this mean Grand theft Auto V isn’t art because technically as a video game, it is mass reproduced to be sold to millions of teens and adults.
Although, the way this game is setup, each player has a lot of freedom to make choices and select missions they want to. These three characters are allowed to switch their clothing, cars, styles. At the same time, when the player plays chooses to play the online game, they create their very own character that roams around the city of Los Santos. With that, we can see that each game is their own personal art because the person who’s playing it decides how they want it to be seen and produced their way. taking away the idea of the video game being mass reproduce and getting its own kind of aura as Benjamin would say.
Aesthetic is another key aspect when it comes to art. When we speak of aesthetic, it express the feeling of beauty and the appreciation of something. With Grand Theft Auto V, the way that its create tend to its min targeted users likes and the recent trends, is very aesthetics to its players.
The game itself is very life like in the situations that the characters go through. One of my favorite aspect of this game is how it sort of teaches you the business scheme when you run an empire. I learned how to start this by younger brother who is barely 13 years old, and apparently thats one of their largest age users. Being a business and management major, this really caught my attention and I became hoo
ked. This aspect of the game was the most aesthetic to me. Not only was I able to experience running a “business” but also have my fun that comes along Grand Theft Auto, the killing, the cars, and of course running from the police.