Please no assumptions and put-downs. But... of all the semi-adults I know in real life who have played the GTA games, out of the them who actually like the franchise I could count on my two hands, like it for dumb reasons. I say dumb reasons because the GTA franchise are video games.--And what makes games great is the heart and soul the team has put into its development. However it seems that almost every single one of these people I know all like GTA for its gang-related violence and idiocy.
Personally, I don't think GTA is great, but it is okay. I do recognize the depth of how "alive" Rockstar has made Liberty City though. And it is through good gameplay that I enjoyed the game, only recently having beat GTAIV for the first time. So I'm not putting down Rockstar (even though imo their sandbox games have all been carbon copies of each other) or the GTA franchise. But I do say that I find it hard to believe that everyone here likes and plays GTA for its good gameplay, ignoring the aesthetic appeal of the thug life.