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React is a YouTube channel that does exactly what the name infers: they gauge reactions. They look for people to react to the stuff they have them experience and then post up clips of it online. Their latest experiment included senior citizens getting in some game time with Rockstar Games' infamous Grand Theft Auto V. Check it out below.
There are some genuinely interesting reactions from this one.
I think it's easy for hardcore gamers to take for granted some gameplay experiences that may shock or titillate newcomers in ways you don't always readily expect. Like, shooting or mowing down civilians in GTA games has been a staple since the series first appeared back in 1997, but anyone who hasn't played any game in the long running series might find it novel that such an option even exists... as expressed by some of the senior citizens playing the game in the clip above.
There are some choice quotes that stood out while a few of them were playing, like this conspicuous gem here after realizing that the game is open-world...
“You can do whatever you want in this game!”
That's right, Rock, you can.
Libby managed to get some giggles out of killing a few NPC pedestrians, and then proceeded to say...
You better believe it, sister. And we wouldn't want to have it any other way.
Don casually states...
“I hit a woman for the first time in my life... and I'm having fun!”
As long as it stays in the game, I think everyone will be a-okay.
Jon had an interesting take on the gameplay after gunning down some people in the game, saying...
“This is fun... I don't know why. I don't think I would kill people for real.”
Let's hope not, ace.
He does later admit that the game could make the “wackos” do all kind of things. He conflates the potential bad behavior in the game with some of the more reprehensible behavior carried out in real life. This very topic has been the subject of a lot of debate over the years, with all sorts of studies saying that violent games cause aggression while other studies state that games help kids creatively and that violent games can also help increase pain tolerance. I think it's one of those topics that will continually and constantly stay at the forefront of sociological and political debates for years to come.
However, at the end of it, Jon and a few others admit that it's “very fun to do naughty things”.
I think, in a way, that's part of Rockstar's goal: to give people an outlet to do the sort of outrageous stuff you would never dream of doing in real life. It's deviant escapism.
There are some really interesting viewpoints shared from the older crowd about the game in React's video. An in-depth discussion could definitely be had about what they experienced and how they feel some of this stuff relates to behavior and reactions from various-aged individuals who play the game.
There's a conflicting sort of parallel with the violence and fun, and yet at the same time a moral weight that has some of them instantly exclaiming that it's not something for kids and that the violence shouldn't be glorified.
One thing is for sure, Rockstar definitely knows how to get people talking about Grand Theft Auto.