Well, this is awkward.
While we admit we’ve idled away countless hours playing Grand Theft Auto V: San Andreas, just about the last thing we’d ever expect from the Rockstar Games franchise is an earnest Pride parade to come sweeping past all the malevolent action, let alone one that stands as a tribute to victims of the Pulse massacre.
And yet, Digital Spy reports that a dedicated clan of GTA 5 enthusiasts — working in collaboration with Stockholm Pride and the Swedish advertising agency Garberg — have designed a mod that sends a garrulous Pride parade through the (extremely) mean streets of San Andreas:
The mod was partially conceived as a tribute to the many victims at Pulse, the Orlando-based gay club where dozens of innocent Americans were gunned down last month.
While we’re sure their hearts are in the right place, it’s easy to argue that Grand Theft Auto is perhaps one of the most improbable — perhaps even inadvisable — franchises to incorporate a Pride parade into its gameplay; certainly one that claiming to be a tribute to Orlando. The reason why will be stunningly obvious to anyone with even a passing knowledge of the game’s content.