GTA V, otherwise known as Grand Theft Auto 5, is the immensely popular video game that was released on September 17, 2013 by publisher Rockstar Games has grossed more than the two highest grossing films of all time – Avatar and Titanic; and GTA 5 is just getting started according to an article in, Grand Theft Auto 5 is Making Serious Bank . What does this have to do with legal issues in Philadelphia you ask?  Nothing and everything; in the Grand Theft Auto series of games you play as one of three “protagonists” who commit criminal acts including stealing cars, robbing people, and even murder. GTA V is set among the glitz and glamor of  ‘Los Santos’, a warped version of Los Angeles, GTA V is a sprawling tale of criminal maniacs set on a bloody, self-destructive career trajectory straight to hell. And then GTA V is also a parody of modern life – real life, imitating video game, imitating real life – mirroring our TMZ celebrity fixation, 24/7 political apathy and a culture of self-obsession.

Moreover, this type of exposure to crime and violence can have a debilitating effect on kids, both young and old, who cannot separate reality from the game. Look, Grand Theft Auto 5 is a lot of fun, hell in our office we can not get enough of the game, but we at KaplunMarx, PLLC hope that those that play the game can separate the virtual world, from the real, otherwise you will likely be in need of a Philadelphia Criminal Defense Attorney in the near future.