The Grand Theft Auto games are among my favorite video games of all time. I have a real soft spot for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, even though it's probably one of the more minor entries*. When I found out that Dorian Missick, who is the voice of Vic Vance, the game's lead character, I had to ask him about video game violence since GTA is so often called on the mat.
Missick was promoting his Sundance film, Big Words, and he came by the studio set up by Cinefix, the YouTube channel that produces the Badass Digest video show. I figured Missick would agree with me that video games have no connection with real life violence, especially with his resume, so imagine how surprised I was when he said he thought game violence desensitizes players to violence. I was doubly shocked when Missick said he had witnessed real life violence, which even he admits is incredibly different from video game violence.
I have to admit I was disappointed by the answer. I had hoped to get a great soundbite from a GTA alum who would defend his work as fiction. If the people making video games are still saying they desensitize people to violence, we have a long way to go before this argument gets settled.
I'm doing a ton of interviews here for Cinefix. I'll be sharing them with you guys when I think they're sort of Badass Digest appropriate. If you're interested in seeing all of them, click through here for a playlist of all the Cinefix Sundance videos (including a bunch without me).
* I don't think there's a GTA game I don't love. Feel free to argue about this in the comments!