Grand Theft Auto V goes on saleFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - They lined up outside stores in Fargo overnight, for the long awaited G.T.A Five. Translation for most of us? The new Grand Theft Auto video game.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - They lined up outside stores in Fargo overnight, for the long awaited G.T.A Five. Translation for most of us? The new Grand Theft Auto video game.
For many gamers, it felt like Christmas.
Fargo Moorhead college students Wil Twedt and Jacob Jones lined up outside Best Buy before midnight, joining others awaiting the launch of Grand Theft Auto Five.
Jacob Jones: “We brought chairs because we didn't know how long the lines were going to be or how long we were going to wait.”
Inside Best Buy a line of gamers snaked around the store. The local fans of the game here in Fargo Moorhead, anxious to get their hands on some of the 25 million copies or more expected to hit man caves in the coming weeks and months.
Wil Twedt: “I am really excited because I have not played this game before and this kind of game before, so I want to get a hold of it to see what the hype is all about. “
Social psychologists say there are plenty of studies out there linking violent video games to aggressive behavior. Psychologists say the bottom line, parents need to do their homework. This is not your father’s video game. Mario and PacMan it is not.
Dr. Clay Routledge, NDSU Professor: “The research is clear, parents should be aware. The game Grand Theft Auto, you will be involved in heists, strip clubs - do you want your kids to be involved in that.”
Jones: “We both come from religious families and the thing is you have to find the difference between reality and fiction.”
NDSU Social Psychology Professor, Clay Routledge, himself a gamer says this isn't a game he would encourage his kids to play.
The action game is guaranteed to be a hit. Despite outcries from parents and critics who think the hoodlums and thieves, cop killers and lap dances, don't need to be on the family television screen.
The company producing the new game spent 260 million dollars making it.