And on the way I learned some lessons in respect, humility and brotherhood. Because for these players, this is more than just a game.
Even though I know how it all ends for him, walking in the boots of one of Rockstar's finest creations remains a singular thrill the second time.
With Rockstar's Western now compatible with the Xbox One, there's never been a better time to get into its brutal, beautiful, bear-filled online mode.
In 2006, Rockstar already had the Red Dead, Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt franchises in their corner. So what did they come out with? Table tennis, obviously.
The UAE's biggest city could be just the exotic injection of inspiration the GTA series needs to avoid falling into repetition.
'Red Dead Redemption' needn't be the game that eclipses future Western adventures, and developers need to realize that.
Rockstar's GTA series has become bigger over time, but its "good criminals" are a far cry from the original's straight-faced violence.
'Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars' has got me moving acid and coke across Liberty City. But how do my exploits measure up to the real thing?
Betrayal, bloody murder, Hollywood-ripping heists and a motherfucking jetpack.
I'm not saying that completing the game's flight school changed my life, but I'm not ruling it out.
Please, give us anything other than fallen foes crumpling like ragdolls, pristine and unblemished by the ravages of senseless mayhem.
Michael's wife is much more than a nagging cue for nefarious activities – she's the modern interpretation of a problem dating back several decades.