'Grand Theft Auto V' under fire for torture scene - KCTV5

'Grand Theft Auto V' under fire for torture scene

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The Grand Theft Auto franchise was always known for being violent, but some human rights groups are calling out the latest release for a particular interactive scene.

Gamers beware, this discussion involves a spoiler.

Peter Phan owns Gamer's Paradise and says Grand Theft Auto V is a hot sell, and the 18-plus rating didn't keep 11 and 12 year olds from getting it.

"We have parents that come with the kids and approve that they can buy the game and play the game," Phan said.

Some adult customers were quick to dismiss criticism.

"I'm a pretty normal 25-year-old male, been playing games like this since I was a kid. I don't really see what the big to-do about it is," gamer Matt Jenkins said.

At issue with this release is a particular part of the game in which one of the characters, Trevor, gets to torture someone, twist the controller to pull teeth and get confessions from electrical shocks.

"The event, having this torture scene, minimizes true torture, which should not happen to an individual," Park University psychology professor Andrew Johnson said. "It also trivializes what happens to the individual, the victim."

That's the basis of criticism from human rights groups.

The disconnect, says Professor Johnson, depends on the person and their age.

But 15-year-old Kylan Newman says he learned about torture in school and is plenty mature to get the difference.

He even brought up - without prompting - the potential impact on survivors who see it.

"It may hurt how they react because it may have happened to them in the past. But like I said, it's just a game. But to those people out there that it did happen to, I'm sorry," gamer Kylan Newman said.

Phan points out that other games are more violent - like one based on the movie Saw that is almost all torture. Then again, that game didn't sell $800 million in one day.

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