The Satire of GTA V (Grand Theft Auto V) - Wisecrack Edition

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    Welcome to this special edition of 8-Bit Philosophy, where video games introduce famous thinkers, problems, and concepts. In this episode, we're doing things a little differently by cracking into the philosophy and satire of Grand Theft Auto V. We're planning to do more of these video game deep dives, so let us know what you think.
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    Exploring Social Commentary, Satire, and Parody in Grand Theft Auto
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    Written by: Matt Reichle
    Created & Directed by: Jared Bauer
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  • Starfall 21X
    Starfall 21X 5 days ago

    Pretty much what I have known about Rockstar games ever since the GTA 3. Not so much 1 or 2, because they didn't have much in the way of story. And tbh I didn't like the first GTA because it was a top down 2D run n gunner. And my intrest was in immersive 3rd person 3D games with story such as Spyro or FF7.

  • movement2contact
    movement2contact 11 days ago

    6:46 excuse me...??!

  • Dortmunder Junge
    Dortmunder Junge 19 days ago

    So we’re just gonna ignore 2:55?

  • Jhin D
    Jhin D 20 days ago

    You can do yoga, exercise, and do other peaceful stuff, but they aren't significant when it comes to progressing the story line, right? You're given options that involve good behavior, but the game rewards criminal behavior more.

    • Jhin D
      Jhin D 20 days ago

      Still, I like that there's actually some substance to the game. Thanks. I'm gonna remember these points.

  • victor beast
    victor beast 23 days ago

    This is the type of video you show your parents to convince them that video games have some sort of substance.

  • aaron Van Rensburg
    aaron Van Rensburg 25 days ago

    really insightful, I loved every second of it

  • DrNemoNullus
    DrNemoNullus 25 days ago

    I didn't liked the torture-level.

    • Zach B
      Zach B 12 days ago

      I thought it was cool.

  • nko.
    nko. 26 days ago

    at 11:04, they’re doing the “see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil” thing when they’re being told the government is corrupt

  • Floopy blooper
    Floopy blooper 27 days ago


  • Hinkel
    Hinkel 28 days ago

    4:07 oh i didnt enjoy that mission

  • Cosmo
    Cosmo 29 days ago

    Most people would have the depth of GTA's satire fly right over their head

  • Albert Lopez
    Albert Lopez 29 days ago

    So, a question: Because Franklin is controlled by the player does that make him a bad representation of black people in America? And if Trevor is the id then what about his moments of loyalty or affection towards other characters?

  • Kyle Reese
    Kyle Reese Month ago

    If a regular person plays GTAV they do everything Trevor would do, but if someone like Trevor plays GTAV, he's the one doing all the yoga "exercises", races, bike rides, and other meaningless side activities.

  • spicy mcnuggets
    spicy mcnuggets Month ago

    straight up an english asignment on gta5

  • Bill K
    Bill K Month ago

    What was this video about? Watched it twice, I don't understand the argument or point being made

  • Kaleah Collins
    Kaleah Collins Month ago

    San Andreas was the shit . i wish gta had the house as a check point u should be able eat sleep and bring chicks back to the house to fk that would be awesome

  • Sebastian Mooney
    Sebastian Mooney Month ago

    The ending where you the player had to decide who you will kill and no third option is why i just couldn't finish the game I still like thinking about the trio causing chaos in Los Santos.

  • Bao Doan
    Bao Doan Month ago

    0:35 Social "Commentray"

  • BoludoSinHuevos
    BoludoSinHuevos Month ago


  • Socially frustrated

    These graphics are bad what graphics card do you use?

  • Ethan Adams
    Ethan Adams Month ago

    I wish you could skip the torture scene. It's hard to watch.

  • Yukihyo
    Yukihyo Month ago

    What happened to games like fable

  • Janis Stradins
    Janis Stradins Month ago

    boy those are some terrible graphics.

  • NAWW
    NAWW Month ago +1

    7:30 I would say that hipocracy is supposed to represent left wing (leftist) politicians who say capitalism sucks ,but they own mansions and cars

  • Mediocrity exe
    Mediocrity exe Month ago

    Michael de Santa. Not Desantos and not any other variation. It's just "de Santa"

  • Vanillastump
    Vanillastump Month ago

    All squares are rectangles. A rectangle has: 4 sides, 4 right angles, and has 2 sets of parallel lines. A square checks these boxes. A square has those and also all sides are the same length. A rectangle doesn’t have that. Unless your rectangle is a square anyway, as all squares are rectangles.

  • Chris Ulrich
    Chris Ulrich Month ago

    Michael listens to horrible music? Did your parents hit you when you were young?

  • Rob L
    Rob L Month ago

    white people smoke weed too

  • TFO Cyborg
    TFO Cyborg Month ago

    Michael De Santos

  • Jonathan Edwards
    Jonathan Edwards Month ago

    I thought that was Kate Upton

  • Eric Ashby
    Eric Ashby Month ago +3

    8:03 - why did you use a screenshot from GTA San Andreas for the Jefferson Towers? rofl

  • SamBeg StHa2
    SamBeg StHa2 Month ago +2

    11:04 the three 🐒

  • Vagabond_Jáchym
    Vagabond_Jáchym Month ago +4

    7:33 that's the same television. You showed two pictures of one television.

  • Fraser Smith
    Fraser Smith Month ago

    De Santa... DE SANTA

  • leiutenate Eugene 2
    leiutenate Eugene 2 Month ago +2

    He wasnt just a biker. He was Johnny :(

  • Reverse Krave
    Reverse Krave Month ago

    oohhhhh man... his name is michael de santa not santos

  • Thomas Kirkness-Little

    I don't think GTA 5 deserves to be compared to a Mel Brooks movie.

  • Billy Bruner III
    Billy Bruner III Month ago

    I used to think the yoga was dumb as I just started the game in!
    But after playin' it for the 3rd time, I realized the yoga was for the old gamer, to get used to the new style of game play. As my thumbs started to hurt, like goin' for a run(when you haven't done so in a loooooong time).
    Gamers, today, younger, faster, better are able to move their characters more fluently, than I can(the old gamer)....mashin' buttons.
    I noticed that my gameplay was evolving as I started to really play the side activities.

  • Samname Lewis
    Samname Lewis 2 months ago +2

    Dude really did a whole AP Lang project on this.

  • Budy Boy
    Budy Boy 2 months ago

    9:00 what the hell are these radio stations and why weren't they used they seem awesome.

  • pancakes 8
    pancakes 8 2 months ago

    Los Santos... Is American Reality.

  • Danny Self
    Danny Self 2 months ago

    This whole commentary is bullshit

  • Thicc Birb
    Thicc Birb 2 months ago

    How tf is this monetized?

  • Miguel Parschau
    Miguel Parschau 2 months ago

    De Santa !!!!!!!

  • Squarebo25
    Squarebo25 2 months ago

    This video has so much wrong with it especially the Franklin analysis you can obviously tell they either want attention from it or haven’t ever even played gta v

  • Vmpere
    Vmpere 2 months ago

    Jesus you sound like a fucking english teacher trying to throw in meaning where there is none. The VA for franklin, who Franklin was modeled after, said himself that when he first started recording lines for the script he thought they did research on his actual life to write it.

  • I've been sober for
    I've been sober for 2 months ago

    WHy iS therE So mAnY BIG WoRdS beiNg UseD?!?!?!

  • David Beddoe
    David Beddoe 2 months ago

    Oh god. shut up. YOU are a form of satire. Trevor couldn't be more openly condescendingly racist to Franklin when they are stuck in a car together and it's AWESOME. suck a dick dude.

  • Benjamin Witkowski
    Benjamin Witkowski 2 months ago

    this was pretty good but i think that your take on franklin was a tad bit askew

  • Spike82
    Spike82 2 months ago

    "because the lobbiest has weak shit compared to the chronic that franklin smokes on the reg" im fucking dyeing

  • 1Z
    1Z 2 months ago

    I actually really hate the torture game but still love running prostitutes over with a monster truck

  • Lil Broomstick
    Lil Broomstick 2 months ago

    Holy shit I got a Facebook advert just as he said Facebook is life invader

  • Merpy
    Merpy 2 months ago

    It's Michael DeSanta, not DeSantos.

  • Woofy
    Woofy 2 months ago +1

    I immediately stopped listening to this video when he said “de santos”

  • Udunen
    Udunen 2 months ago

    isnt it michael de santa not de santos

  • MadMarco
    MadMarco 2 months ago +1

    GTA V is just more than a good game ^^

  • EvoLjfe
    EvoLjfe 2 months ago +1

    Second time I played thru the story I shot the target without torturing the dude. It was painful just watching it the first playthrough

    • Zach B
      Zach B 12 days ago

      EvoLjfe maybe your playing the wrong game...

  • Godly Mikey
    Godly Mikey 2 months ago

    De Santa**********

  • milvn
    milvn 2 months ago

    i enjoyed the torture scene lol

  • Barack Obama
    Barack Obama 2 months ago

    None of it bothers me because it’s a damn video game