Watch seniors play Grand Theft Auto V for the first time

"Oh man! Destruction Derby!" Seniors have fun stealing and wrecking cars, shooting random people and running from the police as they play Grand Theft Auto V in this Fine Brothers video.

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"They're gonna cancel my insurance, for God sakes," Don says after wrecking his GTA car. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

Bring up the topic of Grand Theft Auto around grandparents, and they might be quick to criticize the excessive violence, profanity and sexual themes in the video game. But sit them down to actually play it and you might be surprised by their reactions.

In the "Elders React" video series from Benny and Rafi Fine, better known on the Fine Brothers, we see music videos, technology, apps and games through the eyes of our grandparents' generation -- with hilarious and rather interesting results. In previous Fine Brother videos, older folks voiced their opinions about Google Glass and the virtual-reality headset Oculus Rift.

This time around, the Fine Brothers invited senior citizens to play Grand Theft Auto V for a half hour without any information about the game other than how to use the basic controls. The reactions from the eight senior men and women in the video are fun to watch, and rather endearing.

"A game like GTA gets a lot of negative press about violence and usually older people in society who criticize, never get a chance to play or experience it themselves," Benny Fine told Crave. "As you'll see when they do get to play, there is concern over the subject matter, yes, but a lot of that sheds away as most themselves can not even believe the rush and fun they started to have in the game as they realized it was open world and they can 'do anything.'"

"It's very fun to do naughty things," Libby says in the video. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

It initially takes awhile for the elders to figure out how to get their character into a car and drive it away. It's also interesting to see the seniors do things that most younger players tend to ignore in GTA, like obey stop signs and wait for traffic lights to change. But once they discover that real-life rules and laws don't apply in the game, all bets are off.

"You can do whatever you want in this game!" one of the players says excitedly as he starts stealing and wrecking cars. "Oh man! Destruction Derby!"

As they explore the game's elements, they begin to realize that their characters are also packing heat and start shooting up a storm.

"Now I'm beginning to have fun," one player says after he finds the gun.

"Shoot him again if he's not dead yet," Libby laughs as she shoots a character. "Just remember this is make believe."

Surprisingly, the very people you think would hate GTA appear to be really enjoying themselves playing the controversial game. "From riding roller coasters, to playing tennis to stealing cars and killing people, most of our panel of seniors had so much fun in a way I don't think a lot of people would expect," Benny Fine said.

When the Fine Brothers aren't showcasing senior citizens, they like to make us feel ancient by showing how today's kids react to technology we grew up with and then let teens make fun of our music.