Grand Theft Auto V collected a record amount of over $800 million on the first day of its release, as informed by the publisher on Wednesday. The staggering amount is the highest first day retail sales of any title by Take-Two Interactive Software so far. Meanwhile, UK teachers have raised voice against the extreme violence used in the video game.
This is the 7th instalment of the excessively popular open world action-adventure video game. GTA V, developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games, went on a global sale on Tuesday. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers became extremely apprehensive about the effect the violence in the game will have on young people.
On the other hand, Take Two Chairman and Chief Executive Strauss Zelnick seemed quite thrilled to know the sales report. He said that it was another occasion when Rockstar Games team had outdone its previous achievements. GTA V has set a new standard for the entertainment industry in terms of innovation, excellence and creativity, he said.
The controversial violence in the 18-rated game reaches its peek when the player is asked to pull the teeth of his victim out with a pair of pliers. This act of violence is followed by the most controversial torture scene in the game, which shows a unique 'water boarding' technique to torture the victim who is tied to a chair. The player has to pour one flammable liquid over the victim.
Players are also allowed to smash the kneecap of the victim using a monkey wrench. They are even allowed to give their victims electric shocks with spark plugs while ignoring the mercy pleading of the victims. The Lecturers and Teachers Association President Alison Sherratt insists on prohibiting the game from using such violent scenes. She said that children were tend to display more violence in real life after watching such games such as GTA, where explicit violence is encouraged.
In the meantime, about 8,300 stores in North America opened at midnight to cater the gamers' demand for the inaugural sales, informed a thrilled Mr Zelnick.