Why Grand Theft Auto Online’s disastrous launch may have ruined the entire franchise

What can be said about Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto Online launch that hasn’t already been said about Afghanistan?

Earlier in the history of America, back when a gas lamp and a loaf of soda bread was the most ballerish combination you could have on any given night, if one sector of America disagreed with the other, there would be no amicable solution. In those days, conflict resolution was limited to how much gun powder you stored in whatever leather sack you had under your bed. People sort of slept on the part of American history where the country literally divided and attempted to kill the opposing side just because they disagreed over the way the political system should be run. Civil war is no joke. In the 1860s, we were sticking knives through our neighbor’s necks just because it was the popular thing to do. Americans had some romanticized idea of what life should be like and we were willing to slit throats just to see it happen. Now that we have it, there’s nothing really left to ‘fight’ for. Sure, there’s that vague ‘tea-party’ movement that occasionally shows up at political rallies only to proclaim how the entire country is ‘going down the wrong path’ but offer no solution to remedy the problem. Essentially, the emotional content that built our country has been reduced to undirected anger. No one knows why they’re angry, people just are — and they’re too apathetic to change it. It’s trendy to be angry. It implies that you have a radical opinion, and thus, will stand out from the rest of the horde who you are so vehemently against. If our forefathers witnessed what happened last week when Rockstar attempted include an online offering to their Grand Theft Auto V game, then they would undoubtedly be very, very confused.

Mostly confused because you would have to explain the concept of a television, then a console, and finally internet to them — which would be more than enough to give them an anaryesum on the spot

Before deeming it the most disastrous online launch in video game history, I had to look at another seemingly horrible online

Why GTA Online may be the most disastrous online launch in videogame history

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