Schadenfreude n. Pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune.
Can you believe it's been four years since Grand Theft Auto V came out? The game took the world by storm back in 2013 and it's been providing bloody good fun ever since. At first it was just with its great gameplay and fun story. People contended themselves with getting achievements or maybe sussing out the secrets of Mt. Chiliad but for some that might get boring very quickly. So what do you do the pass the time in a game that lets you do everything?
The answer? Severe and often times hilarious violence and that gives me life.
Funny Death Compilations
If there are a million ways to die in the west, there's at least double that in GTA V. Sometimes these deaths are intentional when you're trying to wreak havoc online or in solo play. Other times, however, it seems like these deaths are the perfect virtual example of Murphy's Law turning things up to 11.
YouTubers Ward and Red Arcade put together a compilation of some rather funny and unfortunate deaths for you to enjoy. My favorite moment? A situation that I'm all too familiar with. You're going at top speed on your bike, your chest swells with confidence as you take to the skies, and all at once the game punishes you for your hubris.
What are the odds?
Chaos for the Masses
There are some who play GTA V to hang with friends, maybe rob a liquor store here and there. Others just want to watch the world burn. QuietGaming falls into that category with a great compilation of utter and total madness. From tasers to crashes, the video gives you the catharsis through violence you require. My favorite moment literally came out of nowhere.
Don't text and drive, kids.
The Beauty of Murphy's Law
This last video is an oldie, but a goodie. The moment I saw it, it became my personal gold standard of terrible things happening in GTA V. It starts off innocently enough with Hoosker Don't crashing his bike while on a mission. What happens next was a symphony of destruction that I've struggled to replicate to this day. Somehow, some way his single crash created a chain reaction of everyone and their mother just crashing into each other that went on for a sold five minutes.
People can't look away from a car crash especially when it's a series of explosive ones.
Those are just a few of my favorites from the GTA V YouTube scene. What's your favorite GTA V compilation or video? Let me know in the comments!
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to see if I can skirt a commercial jet between two buildings while clipping someone in the head with a wingtip.