The gaming world is abuzz with excitement following the release of the first trailer for “Grand Theft Auto VI.” However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, renowned for his bold statements and behavior, is unlikely to join the gaming frenzy.
Elon Musk’s disdain for the widely acclaimed Grand Theft Auto franchise surfaced in a recent post on his social media platform, X. Despite the massive success of GTA 5, which has sold 190 million copies since 2015, Musk confessed that he couldn’t bring himself to complete the game due to his discomfort with engaging in virtual crime.
In his post on X, Musk stated, “Tried, but didn’t like doing crime. GTA 5 required the shooting of police officers in the opening scene. Couldn’t do it.” This revelation adds a unique perspective to Musk’s public persona, especially considering his recent controversial behavior on the same platform.
The trailer for GTA 6, the latest installment in Rockstar’s notorious gaming series, was unexpectedly released a day earlier than planned following a leak on social media. The GTA franchise is renowned for its extreme violence and narrative focus on organized crime. Set in a fictionalized version of Miami named Vice City, the much-anticipated GTA 6 is scheduled for release in 2025.
Musk’s reluctance to engage in fictionalized violence in the virtual realm stands in contrast to his recent provocative behavior in the real world. The SpaceX boss, facing an exodus of advertisers from X due to his endorsement of an antisemitic post, displayed unfiltered language at the New York Times’s DealBook conference, telling departing advertisers to “go fuck yourself.” Musk later admitted that endorsing the controversial post was the most “foolish” thing he had ever posted on the platform.
Elon Musk’s divergent attitudes, from abstaining from virtual crime in gaming to engaging in explicit language in the face of real-world controversies, offer a glimpse into the complex and multifaceted nature of one of the tech industry’s most prominent figures.