[dropcap]G[/dropcap]rand Theft Auto: San Andreas was almost banned for the Hot Coffee files, despite the fact they were only accessible through mods
“Drugs Are Fun” campaign in GTA 5?
Unless Rockstar Games thinks they have to create artificial controversy in order to sell GTA 5, we think they will keep drugs low-key and not be an obvious part of the protagonist’s or Michael’s family’s lifestyle or game element.
Rockstar has subtly been again drug use, in terms of having the protagonists refuse drugs when the opportunity came up.
Even though Rockstar is irreverent in terms of seeming to not care that their games cause offense to certain sensitive groups, they still have certain positive social values that they subtly and consistently want to promote in their games.
One of those values may be drug use. We have a feeling that as a corporation or as individuals they do not want to glorify drug use or even make it seem like a valid choice for people to make.
Rather, they treat it like most movies and FCC-approved TV shows, where drug use is generally a bad thing (though of course drugs are a primary motivator for dramatic crime situations).
That’s ironically in contrast to most movie or TV media and Rockstar doing a nudge-nudge-wink-wink about how quaint it is to get drunk on booze, and socially elegant it is to drink in high class cultural settings, or how cool it is to get frat-house falling-down-throwing-up drunk on beer.
We always liked it in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas that we could walk up to the white-hoodied pushers and they would ask if wanted to buy, and before they could even finish the question, we would give them a shotgun blast in the face.
We thought drinking in GTA IV was horrible too, the blurry screen just annoying and a little bit Woozie, it was pretty hilarious once when Niko ran into a door with his girlfriend and continued to sprint at it for 5-10 seconds before falling over, but other than that one instance, it was annoying.
Unless they can do something stupid like turn everything into a Mario-Like land and the protagonist is the plumber hopping across pipes and avoiding Koopa’s it would be a bit of fun, Koopa’s can be cars or something, and cops are the little things that shuffle sideways.
But that would take a lot of time and effort, it would be better spent on something that isn’t going to be deemed as teaching children that “Drugs are fun”.