GTA 5 voice actors hit back at glamourising violence accusations: “the hypocricy drives me mad”
The voice actors who play Trevor, Franklin and Michael and GTA 5 have addressed several accusations about the game made by media outlets, including one of the loudest – that it glamourises violence.
GTA 5 voice actors on violent videogame backlash
Speaking with PC Advisor, the actors Ned Luke (Michael), Steven Ogg (Trevor), and Shawn Fonteno (Franklin) addressed concerns from some sections of the media and public about GTA 5‘s violent nature. Take it away, Ned:
“Anyone who has any conception at all about the games and hasn’t played them should go play the games before they open their mouths.”
“The biggest misconception is that it glamorizes violence. It really doesn’t. If you look at my character, Michael, he’s rich, but he’s a miserable man. Even in the commercials you see that. This is a guy who’s struggling with his life’s decisions.”
“If you want to take something out the game, take out of it that here’s a guy who loves his family, who’s kind of lost. He’s trying to hold it together. He’s trying to become a good guy, but he can’t. He just has all these demons that he’s battling. It’s the struggle. Take that and look at how he loves his family even though he wants to kill them and that’s what it is. Look for the relationships. Look for the humour. Look for the irony and the satire in the game. That’s another big misconception, “What, do they think we’re serious?”
Steven Ogg, who brings sociopathic Trevor Phillips to life, compares GTA 5′s violence to that portrayed in cinema and TV: ”The hypocrisy drives me crazy.”
“It just sets the wrong focus. Why not talk about gun control? Why not talk about parenting? Why not talk of lack of family values? There are so many other things to talk about. Look at what’s on TV. Breaking Bad had that episode where [OMITTED DUE TO MASSIVE SPOILER].”
“Look for the humour. Look for the irony and the satire in the game. What, do they think we’re serious?”
“There’s a lot of intense stuff out there. Video games are just an easy scapegoat. My nephew plays this game. I asked my sister if she was worried because there’s some pretty nasty stuff in there and she said, ‘I know he’s not going to go to school tomorrow with a gun. He’s not like that.’”
Shawn Fonteno used to be a gang member before providing Franklin’s voice. He claims a game like GTA 5 provides escapism even for people accustomed to violence in their real life: “I know a few people that live that kind of [violent] lifestyle and when they play GTA they can relate to it.”
“It has an impact to the point that they’re happy that they can just play it in the game and not have to relive it in real life. And that’s the big key thing with this, man. It’s just a video game. And people that have lived that life and have done them things, as I did, can just have fun with it in a game. You can leave it there and nobody’s getting hurt and you’re just having fun.”
Read all about Los Santos’ serious crime problem in our GTA 5 PS3 review.