I think it is odd to have to justify to anyone why they wouldn’t want to play an acclaimed game. Did you all need a reason not to see There Will Be Blood or The Diving Bell and the Butterfly?
I think Nat hits the nail on the head when he suggests that what Rockstar does is juvenile at best and repugnant at worst. Seeing as I (obviously) haven’t played through GTAIV, I can’t comment if this game offers anything different from its predecessors in terms of being nihilistic.
I have to play it because I am a designer and I need to play as much as I can to see what our competitors are doing and what our consumers want. I’m not allowed to avoid it.
But isn’t it a shame that we take a team of hundreds, the best voice actors, animators, technologists, et cetera in the business and when we smash them all together we get something that a savvy, smart, respectable consumer like Nat wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?