You buy a game where you can't progress without murdering (a lot of) people. Watching brutal murders is bad, but watching murders generally is OK provided they're done tastefully and with a degree of sensitivity?
Not quite. It's ok as long as you don't get involved with the characters and they don't provoke any empathy. And the nature of the crime is not dwelled on. I never shed a tear over any of the aliens I killed in Space Invaders for example.
It's the same in films. Pulp Fiction - ok. The kid who gets his head blown off, in the movie is just a 2D character with no background, so I just don't care that he was someone's son etc. Reservoir Dogs - not ok for me. The scene where they torture the policeman upset me and I had to stop watching it. Because it was dwelled on enough for me to start empathising. I'm sure there are movies where you were moved to feel for the characters - it's just the line is drawn differently for most of us.
Personally I find it odd that someone would buy GTAV and then be upset at the level of violence in it.
Where did I say I was upset?
I enjoy the games because of the gameplay. I watched Johnny's murder and I did the torture mission, and I still enjoy the game. Partly because MOST of Trevor's character so far is acceptable, and those things just seemed a little like anomalies. As I said, I don't think that his character is fully self consistent.
Do you just ignore their dialogue on the street Molgrips?
They are hardly well developed characters evoking empathy, are they?
Look I'm happy to talk about the emotional response to the game, it's an interesting topic, but let's not start a row about it please?