The Grand Theft Auto franchise was accused of being too violent long before the virtual reality technology came to the market. But from what Joseph Delgado declared on his personal blog, things get real in VR GTA.
The developer is currently working on making the GTA V game compatible with the new VR technology. As Delgado was experimenting with the new virtual reality technology, he seemed to realize that the violence in the game is enhanced by the first-person VR perspective.
The Modder wrote on his website that the killings feel horrible and the players are actually overcome with guilt after murdering somebody in the game.
Delgado gave the example of a scene in which he removed somebody from their car, threw him on the floor, walked towards him, let his hand down and shot him in the head. In order to do that in the game, he actually had to perform the same movements in real life. And the motion combined with the soundtrack made him feel like he was actually killing somebody.
This is not the first time when somebody points out the fact that the Grand Theft Auto franchise is very violent. But to experience those crimes in virtual reality tends to make everything, well, real.
Fans have already expressed their joy on being able to play their favorite game in VR, but things get real in VR GTA and they must be able to withstand the image of somebody being shot in the head right next to them, well, more precisely, of them shooting somebody in the head in a VR environment.
Maybe the real, visceral experience will actually be a teachable lesson on the real impact of violence. Of course, there will be concerned mothers and people who know nothing about gaming screaming that GTA is to blame for all of the violent behavior in the world.
But those voices have been there forever, ever since video games were in 2-D and the only gaming platforms available were the arcades. Packman was considered violent, Donkey Kong incited children to violence, why wouldn’t GTA be blamed?
For those who will experience it and consider it to visceral for their taste, fear not. Rumors have it that a VR version of Skyrim will be available in the future. Just imagine how epic a dragon battle will be in virtual reality. That stick you played with as a child could actually turn into Harkon’s Sword or the Imperial Sword, or even the Gauldur Blackblade.
But until then the only thing we know for a fact, thanks to game developer, Joseph Delgado, is that things get real in VR GTA.
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