With the recent release of Grand Theft Auto V, the roles have shuffled around a bit. Parents and news anchors seem largely disinterested in the latest instalment. Instead it's the fans, now grown up, calling it transgressive as a satirical text, in light of critics' dressing down of the game's attempts at a message.
For the first time in the series' illustrious history, the hype, combined with writers and gamers alike falling over each other to lavish praise on the game, has completely eclipsed the naysayers and detractors. The moral outcry that was meant to greet the game has simply failed to materialise. But why?
I won't ruin the game for anybody who hasn't played it yet, but I must make a serious point about it: It is even better than I expected. Everything about it feels amazing; it is as close to perfection as a video game can be, and totally worth the time and effort that Rockstar have gone to to develop it over the last few years.