GTA 5 Augmented Reality Short Film Dives Into The Dangers Of VR And Reality
(Last Updated On: February 21, 2017)

When the real world sucks so bad that you try to retreat to virtual reality to avoid responsibility, bills, work and all the crap that comes with real life, then you’ve got serious problems. It was one of the defining discussions that was laced throughout the movie The Congress, but short film auteur Lee Iovino decided to do a GTA V-inspired piece based around the same concept.

Mixing in-game gameplay, 3D surrounding visuals and augmented live-action set pieces, Iovino’s eight and a half minute short goes for a bit of shock, a little bit of humor and some off-center storytelling. The short is almost identical in nature to the contrast in real life versus the virtual life that was portrayed in Robin Wright Penn’s The Congress. You can check it out below from the ICantEven channel.

It’s a pretty big departure from his last outings, which centered around remaking old music videos and other pop-cultural treats.

This particular short, however, follows an average girl who gets her hands on a VR headset, and ends up deep-diving into a world of violence, freedom, sex and adventure.

Parts of it seems to pull from The Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up” music video, which was a short journey through some self-destructive behavior by a young woman. The only major difference was that in The Prodigy’s video, the impression was that it was a destructive young man going around town and wrecking havoc, but it turns out that it was actually a woman.

In this case, we see from the start that it’s just an average girl having a good time in GTA V, who eventually begins to see the possibilities of the virtual world bleeding over into her real world. She loses her job and a willingness to engage in society, and eventually decides to head back to the safety and comfort of VR.

As sad and pathetic as it is to say, that’s likely going to be the future for a lot of young people in about 20 year’s time. What with all the fake news being propagated by mainstream media, corrupt politicians constantly getting away with heinous crimes, and the standards of living being brought down like an elevator with the entire strong man hall of fame inside, I just can’t see enlightened people trucking through rote perfunctory tasks in order to maintain the facade of pretending to be fulfilled. Heck, many of Japan’s youth have already “Noped” out of life, by sticking with their Otaku culture, body pillows and soon their digital girlfriends.

Crazy times.


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  • As sad and pathetic as it is to say, that’s likely going to be the future for a lot of young people in about 20 year’s time.

    In my opinion, it’s mostly young men who are likely to end up like that. After all, boys and men are the majority that play video games. And I’m discounting “mobile gaming”, because stuff like Candy Crush simply isn’t gaming.

    I think the reason young men will end up in that way is because of the fact that boys, men and masculinity are constantly shamed and ridiculed constantly in the Western media and society. Boys and young men are being taught in schools, colleges and universities that men and masculinity are evil, and that women are perfect. This basically makes boys and young men grow up wrecked with guilt for their entire lives unless they somehow wake up and take the Red Pill.

    The reason why women are less likely to end up in that way is because Western women are the most privileged and spoilt set of people on the planet, and that’s a fact. All you have to do is to look at how Western law, academia, education, workplace, media, society,etc. favours women and treats them like goddesses. The gynocentrism is ridiculous in the West.

    Heck, many of Japan’s youth have already “Noped” out of life, by sticking with their Otaku culture, body pillows and soon their digital girlfriends.

    Don’t forget the rising MGTOW movement in the West, which is similar to the male Otaku culture in Japan.

    The reason for MGTOW? See what I wrote on my 2nd and 3rd paragraphs in this post. And I wouldn’t be surprised if most of the stuff I wrote in those paragraphs were the reasons for Japan’s male Otaku culture as well.

    The way to fix the problem? Make it so that boys and men are treated fairly in law, academia, politics, society, MSM, etc., and make it so that they can express and be proud of their masculinity without being labelled a “sexist” or “misogynist” for doing so.

    As long as SJWs, feminists and lying media are in charge, this problem will never be fixed. And these are the same parasites that claim to advocate for “equality”.

    • LurkerJK

      Its just easier to be MGTOW, you can engorge yourself with your hobbies, you answer to nobody, have almost no responsabilities and you can live a comfortable middle/high middle class class life on a low to below average income job

      Add that you just generated the laziest of generations with the least creativity, motivation to learn or do anything in recent history and its a recipe for creating MGTOWs

      What incentive from popular culture do they have to move their arse and get a partner anyway ? they cant cook anymore, many wont clean a dish if the world depended on it, they often cost more money than they bring in, they cost you hobby time (which you barely have with an 8 to 18hs job + commute anyway), they bring kids which have been portrayed as DEATH of your “me time” by the media since i can remember, every interaction with either the kids of the wife has been portrayed by the media as pretty much the worst situations you can think off since ever and i cant forget mentioning the horror stories you keep hearing about like guys in relationships fighting over their kids or losing most of their possessions on divorces

      Heck, I am surprised it took this long for the movement to gain momentum

    • Ryan Clarke

      >Don’t forget the rising MGTOW movement in the West, which is similar to the male Otaku culture in Japan.

      MGTOW is not about not dating, or shunning professional life (as Herbivores do). It’s about self-ownership, putting onesself first, and ignoring the dictates of society and women.