Moving Pixels Podcast: Grand Theft Stupid?

[30 January 2012]

By G. Christopher Williams

PopMatters Multimedia Editor

Saints Row: The Third is a title that arrived at the close of the year to a surprising amount of fanfare.  Most often seen as a Grand Theft Auto clone, though sometimes admired for some of the polish that it brought to the open-world, crime game, the Saints Row series has often been treated as a competent, but not especially exceptional alternative to GTA.

By ratcheting up the general insanity of its world (way, way up) and embracing extreme stupidity and the extremely puerile, though, Saints Row has seemed to have drawn much acclaim.  Our podcast crew debates the merits of this over-the-top aesthetic and considers the relative value of “just plain fun.”

This podcast is also available via iTunes.

 

More discussion of Saints Row: The Third:

The “Subtle” Sex Appeal of Saints Row: The Third by G. Christopher Williams

The Problem of the Female Gangster by G. Christopher Williams

Get Rid of the Mini-Map by Nick Dinicola

 

Our podcast contributors:

Rick Dakan is a regular contributor to the Moving Pixels podcast as well as the co-founder of Mob Rules Games.

G. Christopher Williams is the Multimedia Editor at PopMatters.com.  You can find his weekly updates featured at the Neuromance blog.

Nick Dinicola is also a regular contributor to the Moving Pixels blog and appears regularly on the Game Hounds podcast. 

 

You can follow the Moving Pixels blog on Twitter.

Published at: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/post/153898-/