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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BigVlad wrote on Jul 28, 2022, 02:26:
As an example of how poisoned and stupid this word is, just look at the discourse on the new Thor movie, even before its release. I watch a lot of movies so I come across this stuff on YouTube. Why do they call it "woke"? Because a woman plays a prominent role. That's it. Do you really think that Terminator 1/2, Alien, and Aliens would not be called "woke" by the right if released today? If you're definition of "woke" is not "minority and/or women bad" then you probably should not be using that word, since that's overwhelmingly how it is being used nowadays.
Gotta stop you right there, they would not call it "woke" because Linda Hamilton and Sigourney Weaver were (and still are) considered hot and acted feminine but strong when needed to be. The reason so much media today is called "woke" is because men don't want to watch women act masculine, plain and simple. Does this disregard the population who non-conform to traditional views? Yes. This is how it will always be. You can't force men to like masculine women, at best just have to put a disclaimer that this film/game/product may not be for them.

As a minority, I've seen the "woke" term get so twisted it's lost all meaning. I'm tired of those on the right saying it, but I'm also tired of those on the left thinking I need some white savior to save me from my wants and desires. Most GTA protagonists aren't ethnically white. And technically, the last white protagonist was Trevor Phillips, and he wasn't even straight. Laugh2

I just don't think this is true at all. First, I don't think Sigourney Weaver is at all hot and is instead a perfect example of how a woman can easily be the tough-as-nails protagonist. I can't imagine a man being more bad-ass than Ripley, ffs, so wtf are you talking about?! XD

Second, "woke" or "wokeness" doesn't mean what you think it means, imo. Today, it simply means shoving "being aware of racism/misogyny/homophobia" into all sorts of entertainment where it -- to those against it -- shouldn't be. It's literally that simple. Should "wokeness" be inserted in a talk-show? Sure! Let's talk about it! Let's make people more aware! Should it be inserted in an action movie, where it's really all about explosions, shooting, CGI effects and the exclusion of anything real-life/politics? Well, unless it contextually makes sense and is done right: NO! Should it be inserted in GTA VI in the way that there are no more dark jokes, and/or "marginalized groups" get a pass on anything that could be considered insulting and/or offensive? NO! That is what people are talking about when talking about "woke" or "wokeness" these days. A feminist is by definition "woke", true. That means I'm woke as well. That, however, is not what people are attacking when they say some product is worse because it's "woke". When people use the term "woke", they don't say the term in and of itself is bad. They mean that the insertion of it is unnecessary and lecturing/preaching; out of context; forced; PC for no good reason. That's it.

9/10 people who use the term "woke" to flame at something, are woke themselves I think. At least I am. So some of you make a good point that maybe people like myself should refrain using that term. It is however fucking ridiculous to immediately call people who use the term "woke" the way some of us do, racist/misogynist/homophobe. How about you guys who tend to do that refrain from doing that, and people like me refrain from using the term "woke" or "wokeness" next time around, agreed? It'll take a lot more letters for me to describe what I mean next time, but that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make
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