By now, và “now” meaning two-digit entries & billions in sales later,Grand Theft Autocan “address” any subject it wants to and emerges unscathed. Mostly. The uproar comes to lớn the DMA Design-to-RockstarGames franchise when it applies its button-pushing và edge-of-good-taste strokes onto communities rather than brands or ideals, such as women (throughout) or those of Haitian heritage (inVice City). The company had addressed both by way of a bình luận for the former, folded into theNew York Times’ đánh giá ofV, và a statement for the latter, someapologetic paragraphsto gaming publications after feeling the heat from Haitian-Americans.

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ForSan Andreas,GTAeyed Vietnam, making the country the roots of three gangs in its San Francisco parody San Fierro: Butterfly Children, Shining Razors, và Da Nang Boys. Although they are audibly mentioned by The Truth (Peter Fonda), only the third group is visible in the game world và interacts with CJ (YoungMaylay) in main missions, namely those from WuZiMu (JamesYageashi) andJizzyB (Charlie Murphy).

Vietnamese committing gangland massacring, trafficking, drug-dealing, and kidnapping on U.S. Soil, even if in digital form? The community practically hada case to file againstRockstarfor the negative portrayal here, as Haitian-American groups had done.

But nothing happened—then or since.


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When I asked fellow Vietnamese who also viviancosmetics.vnedSan Andreasback then, I received a range ofviews: “Whocares.” “It’s just a game.” “They aren’t Vietnamese khổng lồ me.” That last one intrigued me the most; it wasn’t a shake-it-off kind of response like the others, but there was an explanation of sorts. At first, it was impossible to lớn think how can they be of any other nationality when right in the da Nang Boys name is the region & city ofĐàNẵngin central Vietnam—and, if you know your San Francisco history, they were likely inspired by the Vietnamese & Cantonese-centric gang called Jackson StreetBoys. The dissociation became clear: the developers were perhaps confused Vietnamese with Chinese. In their broken-accented và characteristically lewd“Asian” snippets in English, it was difficult to determine that the speaker was someone of Vietnamese heritage.

The Boys’ boss, Snakehead (voice actor unknown), whom you must kill khổng lồ completeThe da NangThangmission, extra-complicated things when he is (widely accepted as) Vietnamese in identity, Japanese in weapon choice, andChinese(-leaning) in appearance. Clearly, the attention to detail was not as needed here, but in this vague-esque manner of giving theworld extracolor,Rockstarhad dodged a bullet. How sound is the claim of misrepresentation when there are no clear-cut examples?

Would it be worthwhile to be upset over a footnote-level of significance, even with the pointed build-up (“This here’s Vietnamese gang territory … Watch yourself, dude, these cats are real serious,”The Truth said in the missionWear Flowers in Your Hair)?

The lack of kích hoạt doubled as the answer. To lớn this day, however, I’m still wondering whether the Snakehead và the martial arts master of the San Fierro thể hình are twins. Speaking of, is he to lớn be addressed as sensei orshifu? Are his moves karate or gongfu, or just impressionistic Asian chops và sweeps?

Meanwhile,Vovinam, the country’s official martial arts, watched from the sidelines. One can imagine.


Moving on up,sorta

Vietnam returned whenGTAheightened its definition forIV, although more reliant on the enduring-if-dated portrayal of it as a former battleground—unlike the majority of U.S. Media. Assuming you remember Niko (MichaelHollick) can watch TV, put on theWeazelchannel và seea taped performance of comedian RickyGervais(as himself)at Split Sides where he thought Vietnam isfavoritewar because it hasthe “best soundtrack.”

While driving around town, one of theradio ads for prospect State of Liberty Governor John Hunter(HenryStrozier) revealed in 1968 he didn’t answer the hotline tofight in Vietnam but now takes many bachelor trips there & Cambodia. But it is also in the HD universe thatGTAhosts its best usage of Vietnam to date: establishing the origins of The Lost Motorcycle Club based inAlderney. Per its website, eight U.S.Marines met in Hanoi in 1964, just four years before the majorTetOffensive, and afterward formed the club lớn satisfy their addiction & aggression in honor of their departed friends.

Why best? Before this, Vietnam is, like many things inGTA, a real thing with its mickey taken out—mainly by association—rather than treated with some degree of seriousness. Historically, thunderous motorcycles và returning soldiers are as linked as bread and butter, emblematic of what writer TonyTekaroniakeEvans described as a rechanneling of mid-combat’s“camaraderie & adrenaline rush.”Support, notably, is central to the workings of the world’s largest military motorcycle club,the Viet nam Vets Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club,or VNVLVMC.

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Although viviancosmetics.vners don’t get to control the original leaders of The Lost, and from there dive into the Vietnamese connection that they have, the foundational brotherly, outlaw-tinged bond remains the chip core ofThe Lost andDamned’splot.

A grittier, more solemn plot.


Next up…

That’s all, folks, for the presence of Vietnam inGTA. Only so far, of course, because a particular charm of the series is its affinity to bring things back—when you least expect it to.

As a result, it gives me hope that Vietnam will make a return, possibly in a more wholesome or at the least refreshed form. Yes, it will be futile to địa chỉ in “sensible”—this isGTA. Yes, in an official and from-the-devscapacity, so far the praiseworthy showcases of Vietnam aretraceable lớn localmodders, with works such as adriveableVinFastinVanda fully localizedIII. San Andreas’ domain authority Nang Boys upended the dearth of Vietnamese presence in high-profile games, but it wasn’t a total success; either creative apathy or technical limitations affected our time in the series’chaotic, satirical spotlight. The initial specificity didn’t lead khổng lồ a substantial inclusion.IV, meanwhile, was an improvement, but viviancosmetics.vners must vì some digging lớn see it or—like me—stumble upon it.

I doubt the Definitive Edition ofSan Andreaswill give me a refined size of the most prominent Vietnamese element in the game. That requires deeper detailing, which is not the case here when all the upgrades boil down lớn improved graphics Well, since this damn train is too far to lớn follow now, let’s wait for the next one, as in the one after the forthcomingVI—or even after that, should the franchise decide to re-tackle theJapanese setting it had done some preliminary work on.

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Whatever the case, it is with the hope thatRockstarGames willrealizeif you are khổng lồ feature something, you vì so with oomph. With flair. I’m talking about more presence of the Vietnamese language, voice actors of Vietnamese descent, perhaps a Vietnamese side character. Needless khổng lồ say, I eagerly await the moment my country reappears in one of the titans of gaming.