by Dan Gibson
I generally feel conflicted over ultra-violent, largely anti-social video games like the Grand Theft Auto series. I played Vice City until my thumbs hurt, and really enjoyed San Andreas for awhile until beating up virtual hookers for cash started wearing on me, and haven't gone back to the series since, but the trailer for GTA V, which brings the series back to the fictionalized California of San Andreas, looks amazing and seems to bring the series into our modern, economically depressed world. The question is whether I'd like to experience what's probably a breakthrough in gaming technology, but end up mildly depressed in the process. I might just end up sticking to smashing Koopas, but the allure of this game could be hard to resist.