Grand Theft Auto Culture Changes

Also on Bloomberg (may require registration or subscription) is a profile of Rockstar Games, discussing the studio's progress at cleaning up its "frat boy" culture. These internal changes are also impacting both the future and the past of the Grand Theft Auto series. Word is: "Between the company’s new mandate and the 2019 departure of Dan Houser, who led creative direction on many previous Rockstar games, all signs suggest Grand Theft Auto VI will feel very different than its predecessor." The article quotes anonymous past and present employees saying the culture shift is real, but also discussing how the team is still working out how to operate under the new system. Here's more:
In the summer of 2020, after a police officer killed George Floyd, Rockstar Games quietly shelved a mode of play it had planned to release for its Grand Theft Auto Online game.

Called Cops ‘n’ Crooks, the mode was a twist on the children’s game where players organize into teams of good guys and bad guys, but seemed especially tone-deaf during the global reckoning over police violence. Senior executives at the company, concerned about how the narrative might be interpreted during a time of heightened skepticism and mistrust of American police, put it aside. They still haven’t made plans to bring it back, according to people familiar with development.

This was one of several politically sensitive actions Rockstar, a division of Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., has taken in recent years. The company removed transphobic jokes from the most recent console release of Grand Theft Auto V and significantly narrowed its gender pay gap. Rockstar’s next game, Grand Theft Auto VI, will include a playable female protagonist for the first time, according to people familiar with the game. The woman, who is Latina, will be one of a pair of leading characters in a story influenced by the bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde, the people said. Developers are also being cautious not to “punch down” by making jokes about marginalized groups, the people said, in contrast to previous games.

Moves like these once seemed unthinkable for a company whose best-selling franchise is a satirical depiction of America that involves playing gangsters who kill civilians and where women are mostly depicted as sex objects. Grand Theft Auto V was a nihilistic parody that threw insults at everything, from right-wing radio hosts to liberal politicians. Inside the company, the tone wasn’t much different. Rockstar employees described a workplace culture full of drinking, brawling and excursions to strip clubs. The company was an early symbol of an industry-wide problem of long hours at the office, known as crunch, in which staff were expected to be at their desks many nights and weekends in order to keep a game on schedule.
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MrDevinoch wrote on Jul 27, 2022, 21:19:
Quinn wrote on Jul 27, 2022, 17:02:
ForgedReality wrote on Jul 27, 2022, 14:31:
Thunderwalker wrote on Jul 27, 2022, 12:44:
Without the bro culture, it’s just another shooter with vehicles.

Sad is the day that GTA goes woke.

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*massive eye roll*

You conservatives are so pathetic. "Woke" used to mean intelligent and aware of what's going on.

And shoving it in everyone's faces.

☝️You forgot that last part, which is the crux of it.

There really aren't that many people -- relatively speaking -- in our society that are against what woke stands for. It's the shoving down our throat part -- the preaching; lecture almost -- that some people can't stand. Myself included.

I love how "standing up for yourselves so you don't get trampled on" becomes "shoving down our throat" from a pair of eyes too blind to see past their own nose. The preaching is to point out how ingrained racism, sexism and homophobia are to people who claim "it's not a big deal." If you're bothered by that, maybe it's not the "preaching" that you're bothered by.

"Standing up for yourselves", you say? Well, it's hardly ever the people from said "marginalized groups" that create woke products. And just to call it "punching down" is also just an insult. I can't imagine how pissed I'd feel if I was black or gay for example, people joked about it, and the "white cis male" next to me tried to comfort me while saying "Awww come on dudes, stop punching down". Well fuck you, buddy! 🤣

And SMITE is so right, right now. It's ridiculous how an opponent of today's practice of "wokeness" is automatically a racist/homophobe/misogynist in you people's eyes. "If you say what you think your comment would be removed"... I can't be arsed to check who said this, but just chew on that ridiculous comment for a bit. That mind-reading phenomenon is such a common thing with the left. And while there's a LOT of stereotypical, dumb shit going with people on the right, the mind-readers are typically only found among the left wing zealots.
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