On Tuesday, Sept. 17, Grand Theft Auto V racked up monster sales on its first day in stores worldwide, excluding Japan and Brazil. Despite the game’s antisocial storyline and characters: robbery, murder, prostitution, drugs and crooked cops, Rockstar Games, the makers of GTA V, broke records and is well on its way to hitting the billion-dollar mark.
The game broke the one-day retail sales record set by Activision Blizzard Inc., makers of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which brought in $500 million in its first 24 hours of release. That game went on to reach $1 billion in sales in just 15 days.
Eight thousand stores opened at midnight across the U.S. for customers to purchase the highly anticipated game. Although Microsoft and Sony are expected to release new gaming consoles in November, GTA V was created for the current gaming systems, namely the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.
Although the game is rated M for mature, many kids under 18 are playing these games, and given the adult themes, that is very worrying.
Do you think games like the Grand Theft Auto series are to blame for some of the crimes we see in the world today?