GTA V role players came together recently to perform an in-game tribute following the passing of a 16-year-old streamer.
Video games have been blamed for a lot of things over the years. For example, some believe that playing them can lead to young people becoming violent and even performing atrocities such as mass shootings. When it comes to the blame game, the title almost always at the top of the list is Grand Theft Auto. Nevertheless, GTA V has still managed to become the third best selling game of all time.
While blaming video games for real-life violence is a drum that gets beaten far too often, we get why many people don't understand the appeal of a game that requires its players to steal cars and shoot down rivals. However, something that happened in-game recently may change a few people's minds.
A 16-year-old Brazilian streamer passed away recently after battling a condition that affected his muscles, reports Dexerto. Thiago Guilherme, known as Futebolista to his fellow gamers, was aiming to reach 100,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel. Even though he has passed away, other gamers and streamers have been trying to make that goal a reality for Guilherme.
However, perhaps the most touching thing of all was an in-game tribute held by fellow streamers. GTA V role players gathered together on the streets of Los Santos and marched down the sidewalk together, holding peace signs in the air. One streamer sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and, when she struggled to fight back tears, other gamers started singing along too to help her out.
The clip has since gone viral and has been making gamers across the world tear up. Plus, not only has Futebolista's YouTube channel exceeded the 100,000 subscriber mark, at the time of typing this, it has almost tripled that figure. Next time someone bad mouths GTA and claims it does nothing but bad for society, show them the clip above and you might well change their mind. If it doesn't, well, they must have a heart made of stone.