Is Grand Theft Auto an orgy of violence? Not quite …

Naomi Alderman (Guardian):

[S]ometimes I admire the beautifully-rendered star-filled sky, and
sometimes I drive the in-game car into a lamp-post, just to see what
happens. It is play, just like “cops and robbers”, just like
daydreaming, just like writing a novel.

I’m not a big fan of driving games, and the longest stretches of game-playing time I have are when I’m watching my kids play games on a different computer, so I’m not likely to get much time to invest in this game. Nevertheless, it does sound very impressive, and I’m looking forward to what the modding community might be able to make of it.