The newest video game in the Grand Theft Auto franchise was released this past Tuesday the 17th of September and sold an estimated $800 million in worldwide retail sales on its first day. This shattered the first day video game release record by about $300 million dollars that was previously held by “Call of Duty: Black Ops II”. Black Ops II went on to make $1 billion dollars in about 15 days. Yes, a video game made $1 billion dollars in 15 days. Unless something weird happens, “Grand Theft Auto V” is on the way to make this much money, very fast.
For those who do not know much about the Grand Theft Auto video games, it is basically the nightmare of video games for parents. The game is all about living a life of crime; stealing cars and beating people up are probably the most common occurrences in the game. You are in a simulated reality game pretending to be a criminal, and you get your thrills from running from the police and other things that are best not mentioned. Obviously, the game has just as many people who hate it, than those who love it, but that polarization is clearly not hurting its profit margins or its popularity among youth. For what it is worth, I will admit from personal playing experiences in the past, these games can be very engaging and they have some really interesting story lines which draw you in. It is also very fun to play with friends when you are just hanging out.