Rockstar hope Red Dead Redemption "evokes an emotional response"

Lazlow Jones, Rockstar developer and regular contributor to Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series as a variety of radio show hosts, told BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat that he hopes Red Dead Redemption's "gritty western" atmosphere will evoke an "emotional response" from players, Neowin has learnt via Eurogamer.

Jones, who most recently would have been heard as the the host of Grand Theft Auto IV's "Integrity 2.0" radio station, said that he hoped "that for the people that do pick it up that it evokes an emotional response. That people will feel they're part of our world and that they'll become immersed in the time period."

According to Jones, the team behind Red Dead Redemption did a lot of research into the time period, such as the guns, clothes and even the interiors, which were carefully researched in detail.

In response to a question about how it felt to complete the game after so much hard work, Jones said "It's an amazing high. You're also very sensitive to any criticism about it because you've worked so hard on it."

The Rockstar producer went on to talk about the frequent accusations of Rockstar games such as Grand Theft Auto creating violent behaviour in young people. "Our games are not designed for young people," he said before saying that parents who buy games designed for adults are "terrible" parents. "If you're a parent and buy one of our games for your child you're a terrible parent. We design games for adults because we're adults."

He added that they design games for adults in the same way some movies and TV shows are designed for adults only. "There's a lot of kids games out there that we're not interested in playing."

Asked if he felt the game industry was becoming too politically correct, Jones said that he believed Rockstar "pushed a lot of boundaries to be able to make the art" that they should be able to make. "If you tell a gritty crime drama with violence and profanity and call it The Sopranos you're handed a load of awards to put up on the shelf. You do the same and call it a video game and you'll have certain organisations up in arms."

But thanks to reviews praising the artistic content of GTA IV, Jones believes the politically correct restrictions have "largely fallen away".

Responding to a question about what is hopes for Red Dead Redemption are, he said, "I hope they'll love it and that it'll put a smile on their face."

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