Grand Theft Auto V has arrived on the shelves and is probably being played by thousands of Brits as you read this article. It is the fastest ever entertainment product to reach £1 billion in sales, which it achieved in just three days!
In many shops across the country, fans queued from midnight to get a copy and Amazon sold out of the game on pre-orders alone. Last week nine out of ten games sold in the country were copies of GTA 5, and it was also announced that the game had made £500 million in just 24 hours.
However it is as controversial as it is popular. GTA has always been criticised for its moral vacuum. Even though it is rated 18, some have reported that GTA V is the most misogynous yet and the script is pretty much limited to “N” and “F” words.
Many reviews of the game say the characters are the most unpleasant group of people imaginable, everyone in the game murders without a second thought and almost every conversation involves either threatening to kill someone or insulting them.
So what does this game, that seemingly glorifies violence and criminality, say about us as a nation?
Well on the flip side perhaps the game is popular for its admirable technical achievements as well as the action, laughs and manic mayhem it provides. Maybe the attraction of the game is to indulge in acts you would never consider doing in reality, and therefore is a much needed outlet in our society.
We look forward to hearing your views on the subject…