Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Grand Theft Auto IV Released Today

Today marks the release of the widely-acclaimed "Grand Theft Auto IV."

BBC reports:

"Highly anticipated video game Grand Theft Auto (GTA) IV has gone on sale worldwide with analysts expecting it to smash sales records.

Many shops in the UK and the United States opened their doors at midnight.

The game is tipped to break the opening week sales figures of Microsoft's Halo 3, and pull in up to $400m (£201m).

Early reviews of the game have hailed it a 'masterpiece' and it is on course to be the most critically acclaimed title of all time."

Seth Schiesel from the New York Times wrote in a review of the game: "Grand Theft Auto IV is a violent, intelligent, profane, endearing, obnoxious, sly, richly textured and thoroughly compelling work of cultural satire disguised as fun."

The game is rated "M" for mature audiences.

Allie Cook from World Magazine wrote an interesting article on April 24 titled "Video games = less violent kids?" In it she cites an interview with Harvard professors Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olson, who argue that there is no evidence to support the claim that playing violent video games necessarily produces greater tendencies toward violence in young people.

What do you think?


curious1 said...

good job. the world does not need
anything else, especially in the guise of a game, to make us more negative and cynical. Playing a
video game like this may not make
everyone who plays it a serial killer
but it does make us duller people.

Johnathon and Crystal said...


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