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Wednesday, 16 October 2013 16:31

VI Reasons you have been playing GTA V too much


Both single player and GTA Online are impelling virtual universes, and given they are currently running on hardware that is close to seven years old, the fact that a player can get so immersed in the world of Los Santos is a credit to RockStar Game’s developers.  But have you been playing too much Grand Theft Auto?  Quite possibly.

So I was driving in the country recently, being guided by the map on my in-car sat-nav device, it was dark and I needed to ensure that I maintained control of my high beam lights as down the road at the end of a very long straight was a car travelling in the same direction as I.

The car disappeared around a corner, so I was able to put on my high beams again without fear of dazzling the driver ahead.  Then something odd happened, I glanced at my sat-nav map, and was surprised not to see a blue blip representing the car ahead as it traversed the corner.

My brain had expected to see this blip, despite the sat-nav being technologically incapable of showing this.  It made me laugh at the time, and then start to worry that too much time had been spent in the virtual world of Los Santos.

If this has happened to you, maybe it is time to shut off the game console and head out into the real world.  Here are some other signs of GTA V overload, perhaps you have more.

I.  You feel confident you could immediately ride a bike, quad bike, skydive, play a round of golf or tennis, pilot a Jet Ski or jet, go hunting or snipe members of an outlaw bikie gang from over a kilometre away despite no prior experience.

II. City alley ways look like likely spots to ditch any possible police pursuit

III. Whilst driving down a multilane freeway, your mind immediately makes the mental calculation that you could indeed travel much faster if you squeezed between the traffic in each lane.

IV. Walking into a jewellery store/bank/high security army base your mind drifts to questions about door access, the possibility of putting gas in the ventilation shafts and where the best place to park a get-away car would be.

V. You find every real-life conversation quickly dissolves into a expletive-laden shouting exchange regardless of topic.

VI. You disagree with Stan Beer's article about how the digital revolution is failing the people.

If you find any of the above occurring, perhaps seeking psychological help might be advised.  Actually, scratch that, that action would also feel too much like Grand Theft Auto V.

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Mike Bantick

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Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for the The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.

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