2008
04.30

“Every soldier I’ve met treats things in different ways, but the one thing they always have in common is that when they find themselves in a killing situation they are scared”

GTA IV screenshotAndy writes another one of his columns in The Sun. This time it’s about a game that gets good reviews, in fact, if you want it you might have to be quick or risk a ‘sold out’ disappointment.

As I don’t play this kind of action games I will withhold any opinion, but here’s what Andy has to say about ‘game vs reality’:

GTA IV verdict

“I DO play games like GTA, although I’ve never been very good at them.

The only thing I see wrong with them is that they are bringing up the next generation to think that it is easy, quick and clinical to kill someone.

The real guys who have done that out in the field soon find out it’s not like that.

Every soldier I’ve met treats things in different ways, but the one thing they always have in common is that when they find themselves in a killing situation they are scared – no matter how much they may try to hide it.

If you kill someone you can see the look in their eyes, you can even smell their breath.

Playing one of these games you may think you’re experiencing a lot, but in reality you are just sitting near a computer screen.

All you have to lose if something goes wrong is dropping back a level.

In real life if you make a mistake you lose your legs.

The game takes place in a virtual world but today’s kids will become the decision-makers of tomorrow.

It concerns me that they could grow up thinking violence and killing are as simple as they seem on-screen and so commit others to go and fight before considering the consequences.

They need to know the real thing is nothing like GTA.

These games are just entertainment.”

You will find the article in The Sun here

More information about the game you can find on the official website.

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