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With much checking of the time on smart phones.

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Well dear friends I have taken part in one of the big deals of gaming culture, the midnight launch, and it was an interesting to experience. I left home at about 10 pm and drove the forty-five minutes to the store through steady rain. I should have known that this was an omen but I’m not superstitious and heck I was very keen to get my hands on the very long anticipated landmark game. anyway I got to the store at about 10.30 so I went in to the counter and traded in half a dozen old games and paid my my copy. Then it was time to wait for the official release at pumpkin hour.

While we waited there were free sodas and the attractive shop girl handed out some posters (yep I got a couple)

At first I just listened to my fellow gamers in waiting but eventually I chatted with a couple of them about the torture of waiting and the things we were most looking forward to doing in Los Santos. The guy I spoke with the most was really hyped about the prospect of “blowing shit up” and customising cars. As we waited the crowd grew steadily and although most were rather bleary eyed the vibe was one of quiet anticipation. with much checking of the time on smart phones. Which of course lead to talk about the varying times indicated.

EB Games were very  slick with their system for collection, you paid and then on the stroke of midnight you presented your receipt at a table at the front of the store where you were presented with your game. We had to wait until the Gaming big spenders had theirs though. I was quite surprised to get the opportunity to get my copy very soon after that  and By 12.03 I was strapping on my seat belt and heading home, through the rain once again. By 20 minutes to one I was home and tearing the cover of the box.  The game itself is a file of about 8 gigs which takes some time to load so as I settled down to wait with a small indulgent ration of chocolate the gaming gods decided to remind me of their power by blacking out our electricity!

As as I am writing this post the game is still loading and once I get back from putting the last of my children on to his bus I am going to settle down to doing some serious exploration of Los Santos and Blaine County because as I see it with such a big open world to discover I owe it to the very dedicated creators of the game to explore and take in the shear beauty of its vistas before I do any of the missions.

Cheers Comrades

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7 Comments

  1. James says:

    Well that’s the last we’ll hear from you for a month at least … 😆

  2. Iain Hall says:

    Maybe I will check in during Pee breaks James 🙂

  3. James says:

    Grand Theft Auto V sets record as sales zoom past $1 billion

    Grand Theft Auto V has set a sales record for entertainment products, passing the $1 billion sales mark after three days, its creator Take Two Interactive Inc said.

    The latest instalment of GTA, a cultural phenomenon that has sparked a national debate on adult content and violence, received strong reviews and racked up $800 million in first-day sales alone, selling at a faster rate than any other video game, film or other entertainment product in history.

    The GTA franchise has won legions of fans and cadres of critics with gameplay in which triumph depends on acts such as carjacking, gambling and killing.

    Play in Grand Theft Auto games has included simulated sex with prostitutes and drunken driving. The latest version is said by reviewers to be rife with more of the same, along with profanity-packed dialogue.

    The fifth instalment in the GTA series is set in a fictional city of Los Santos, based on real-world Los Angeles and its nearby hills and beaches.

    It is billed by the New York City-based videogame publisher as the “largest and most ambitious” title the GTA franchise, which has sold more than 114 million copies since its debut in 1997.

    Gamers had eagerly awaited the fifth instalment of the 16-year-old game after Grand Theft Auto IV was released in 2008.

    It took more than five years to be developed by Take Two’s Rockstar Games studio at a cost of between $200 million and $250 million, according to some analysts’ estimates.

    Last year, it took Activision Blizzard Inc’s first-person shooter title Call Of Duty: Black Ops II 15 days to hit $1 billion in global sales after its November release.

    Call of Duty took in sales of $500 million on its first day.

    While GTA V is off to a flying start, industry analysts are keeping a close eye on Take Two’s ability to sustain sales momentum.

    Grand Theft Auto V is currently only available on Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 consoles, owned by over 160 million gamers.

    Take Two is yet to announce a version for the much-awaited next-generation Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, which will go on sale in November.

    Reuters

  4. James says:

    This is an ‘R’ rated game; Sex, violence, murder., Are you old enough to be allowed to play this? 😆

  5. Iain Hall says:

    The thing about the game is that when it comes to sex you can essentially ignore the whores and strippers, the violence is certainly there and rather cathartic to be honest. More than anything though I have been enjoying the narrative and humour in the plot. Rather than being some sort of criminal supermen the three playable characters are all flawed in their own ways. Michael is depressed about his family issues, Trevor is just bonkers and rather pathetic in many ways, and Franklin is just grossly uneducated.But form the point of view of politics the game makes some wonderful observations about contemporary popular culture and the shallowness of our obsessions with celebrity.

  6. Simon says:

    Hopefully rumours of a future PC release are true. I don’t think I’d be allowed to play this one on the xbox.

  7. Iain Hall says:

    Clearly you need to get your own personal console just as I did Simon . That said I think there is nothing better than being able to find common ground with your kids than being able to play the games that are part of contemporary popular culture. as a medical man You will of course appreciate the benefits of keeping the mind active and the fingers nimble.

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