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GTA V Makes $800 Million In 24 Hours

samzenpus posted about 10 months ago | from the a-lot-of-cheese dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "The highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V was released at midnight yesterday, and to no surprise has managed to break the record for highest sales in 24 hours. Distributors Take-Two Interactive have announced that the game has managed to achieve a staggering $800m (£490m) worth of sales within the first day, and is certainly going to break the forecasted $1 billion within the week. The record was previous held by Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops which made $500m within 24 hours in 2009. The game also holds the title for the quickest entertainment product to achieve $1 billion in sales as they hit the mark by day 15."

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Sure (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891737)

Most people are stupid and like shallow entertainment.

Re:Sure (-1)

Joining Yet Again (2992179) | about 10 months ago | (#44891759)

This. I would never require people to invest more generously than in shallow entertainment, but the fact that we freely choose not to is enough to make me lose interest in humanity.

Re:Sure (5, Funny)

mwvdlee (775178) | about 10 months ago | (#44891785)

And some people are both stupid and arrogant.

Yeah, but you have good qualities too. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891853)

I would expect, anyway.

Re:Sure (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891859)

Apparently you bought a copy of GTA.

Re:Sure (0, Troll)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 10 months ago | (#44891997)

You feel anger because its the truth. GTA is shallow and boring.

Re:Sure (3, Informative)

somersault (912633) | about 10 months ago | (#44892043)

GTA is shallow and boring.

Compared to what? GTA is one of the most free-form and detailed virtual worlds there is. It's filled with beauty, technical awesomeness and humour. Are you just not a fan of games in general? What did you think of Red Dead Redemption?

Re:Sure (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44892101)

Do you work for Rockstar, by any chance?

Re:Sure (2)

somersault (912633) | about 10 months ago | (#44892111)

I wish :p

Re:Sure (1, Troll)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 10 months ago | (#44892127)

The youtube lets play I saw of Red Dead Redemption was interesting. But it was far from worth watching more than 30 minutes of it. It was nice to see someone try to make a historically interesting western game. However http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_(video_game) [wikipedia.org] seemed like a more fun and compelling game minus a few pitfalls in gameplay (one I actually did play). I could see how the story in that game might be decent if the time was invested in the gameplay.

I've seen first hand a few people play GTA. And I played a friends GTA4 console version for a few hours ~2.

It was no where near as fun as Saints Row 1 or 2. They decided to "simulate" reality in too much detail. Rather than being a game, arcady. They sacrificed good gameplay for faux realism. The guns reached the uncanny valley. And I sat there thinking. Damn, this is bullshit. Its nothing like real life. Its a farse. The selling point is to give people a simulation to act out their criminal fantasy in. But its a horribly inaccurate simulation. The abstraction they used is not fun from a gameplay perspective. The entire game holds up this promise and falls flat in every regard.

The storyline is no better than a B movie at best. It doesn't tell a compelling or thought provoking tale full of meaningful choices. At least Saints Row was a humorous parody on political topics.

They should have just made a fun shooter. Like Serious Sam.

To me GTA falls short of being a game. And is more like an attraction. And not a very good one.

Detailed virtual worlds exist. But in games like Eve (player made), or Dwarf Fortress (procedural), or Angbhand, Archimedean Dynasty, Frontier: Elite II.

GTA is a pale imitation of real life lacking in fine detail. Even F.E.A.R. was more detailed and compelling. Or Dues Ex which had a well thought out and developed universe.

Re:Sure (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44892215)

lol, this is atypical of people who play nerdy games, I can't judge you, but you seem like the type to play the "zombie" like games or "space exploration" and have no problem boring yourself for a couple hours a day.

I have played GTA since it came out, and I will say they aren't the first gaming company to have thought of a "free-roam" world but they managed to but the first to come out with such a game. Anything since is a copycat...

Yes I am an asshole when it comes to GTA compared to copycat games. but they continue to add to the GTA franchise, it isn't "REALITY" it is a "VIDEO GAME".. And that is whats make them "VIDEO GAMES" you are trying to live in a Hollywood-esque
world where games and reality cannot be linked together one day it will come to that, but it would be labeled something completely different.

Re:Sure (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 10 months ago | (#44892265)

I liked Just Cause and Just Cause II, but I got the former for 19$ used, and the latter for free. I do not mind mindless tactical puzzles. But GTA doesn't even do that well IMO. The trappings they throw on it just makes it worse.

It is a Hollywood bias. Your right. I don't think I will enjoy games that attempt to be serious. Unless they are scientific or about exploration.

But if I had to compare GTA to almost any other games out there. Its just not a franchise I put any faith in. Even after seeing the first one. I was playing Quake3 heavily at the time of its first release. And mods like Team Fortress, or other cheesy mods (A DBZ one comes to mind).

Gameplay matters. Making fake virtual "ads" and AK47's is pretty dull and has been done to death. Wrapping them together in a package, throwing some nice shaders, and textures down, doesn't make a work of art.

Re:Sure (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 10 months ago | (#44892289)

Gameplay matters. Making fake virtual "ads" and AK47's is pretty dull and has been done to death. Wrapping them together in a package, throwing some nice shaders, and textures down, doesn't make a work of art.

Gameplay and Story both matter. What GTA's got, especially since San Andreas, is some of the best story around. If you don't like the genre you won't like the game, but that doesn't change the fact that they have a well-developed story.

Also, you may think the gameplay is dull, but GTA successfully combines several different kinds of gameplay in a way that clearly captivates many players, perhaps even a majority of them. And I find the fake ads hilarious, and that the game world would feel dull and empty without them. When I go rocketing through the airport race (I don't have GTAV yet, just IV) and one of the pisswasser ads goes by for a fraction of a second it's hilarious. Does that mean I have an infantile sense of humor? Maybe. Congrats Rockstar for knowing your audience.

I've been playing GTA since the first one, which we played at LAN parties, which were still a thing. And now I'm soon to go out and buy the new one. At full price, no less. The last game I did that with was GTA IV. I've been playing it off and on right up until now.

Meanwhile, how's that Quake franchise doing? Half-Life? Hmm.

Re:Sure (2)

Talderas (1212466) | about 10 months ago | (#44892365)

Once you go Row you never go Auto.

Re:Sure (1)

ifiwereasculptor (1870574) | about 10 months ago | (#44892291)

GTA I through Vice City, sure. San Andreas was already bit stale. IV was just incredibly annoying and not sandboxy at all.

Re:Sure (2)

jcr (53032) | about 10 months ago | (#44891959)

Jealousy is a very ugly emotion, kid.

-jcr

Re:Sure (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891991)

Jealous that some people... bought a game and liked it? Somehow, that just doesn't seem very likely.

Re:Sure (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44892021)

Question - Why do you have a manually-inserted "jcr" following your comments, when it's identical to the user name displayed above them anyway?(!)

Re:Sure (5, Insightful)

Joce640k (829181) | about 10 months ago | (#44892029)

Most people are stupid and like shallow entertainment.

You don't have to be stupid to enjoy shallow entertainment.

Re:Sure (0)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 10 months ago | (#44892187)

Most smart people wait till that shallow entertainment is at least in the bargain bin before wasting their hard earned payolla on it.

60$ would be a nice drive + meal in a remote and wild place. Or visit to a historic and interesting site. Or half a plane ticket to another locale, even a foreign one from where I'm at.

I'm not convinced that smart people would immediately spend that on day 1 without waiting a few months for reviews.

Sheep bought it. Well trained sheep.

Re:Sure (4, Insightful)

RaceProUK (1137575) | about 10 months ago | (#44892343)

Most people are stupid and like shallow entertainment.

Even emeritus professors occasionally laugh at fart jokes.

No PC yet (5, Insightful)

phizi0n (1237812) | about 10 months ago | (#44891741)

Those numbers would be even higher if they stopped shunning their roots by delaying PC releases and turning PC into a shitty port from consoles.

Re:No PC yet (0)

Dunbal (464142) | about 10 months ago | (#44891765)

I'm a PC gamer and, nahh, it's not really my type of game anyway. I prefer something that requires a little more thought, like "Europa Universalis (IV)" or something. You won't see that on a console ever, the 12 years old would simply not understand what's going on (wait I press speed 4 and everything is exactly the same nothing is moving no one is shooting at me!).

Re:No PC yet (2)

gl4ss (559668) | about 10 months ago | (#44891843)

you do understand that they're two totally different game types and liking both is not that uncommon?

have fun enjoying the story in europa universalis..

Re:No PC yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891907)

I'm playing (and have/am beta testing) EU4 and I'd still give a pinkie toe to play GTAV on PC right now.

Different genres are different, doesn't mean or imply that they are mutually exclusive.

Re:No PC yet (4, Informative)

DrXym (126579) | about 10 months ago | (#44892023)

GTA plays far better on a PC with a mouse and keyboard than with a controller and I'm quite certain that lots of PC owners would appreciate the mindless entertainment of playing it. It's not like the PC is lacking its share of first person shooters, sandbox games etc. demonstrating there is a market. Saints Row 4 just came out on the PC for example.

A more likely reason is that PC games typically retail for less, suffer higher rates of piracy and must cope with a wider variety of hardware which must all be developed and tested for with higher resolutions and assets to boot. I assume that all these reasons play their part in consoles taking over from PCs in the last few years. Perhaps with digital download services like Steam and wannabes taking off that the PC market is more attractive than it was a few years back.

Re:No PC yet (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 10 months ago | (#44892205)

Yes, console gamers would never buy something as complicated as Final Fantasy Tactics for example.

Re:No PC yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891817)

It would have been lower as everyone would be downloading the cracked version 12 hours after launch.

Re:No PC yet (1)

richy freeway (623503) | about 10 months ago | (#44891837)

Which you can also do with the consoles...

Re:No PC yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891909)

I'm sure you ran the relative numbers per console before making such an inane comment?

Re:No PC yet (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891925)

This is such a shitty non-argument. Please, consider leaving this place. You don't understand anything about video games or piracy for that matter.

two weeks before, you mean. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891973)

And without the DRM bullshit getting in the way of playing.

And really, you think it's 100% piracy rates on the PC????

Re:No PC yet (2)

Sockatume (732728) | about 10 months ago | (#44891879)

You can have a refined, bug-free, well-performing PC release after the console versions are done, or you can have a crappy, poorly optimised version day-and-date with the console release, but you can't have both. Rockstar North favour the former. EA has you well served with the latter, if for some reason you prefer it.

Unless you're suggesting they should've just sat on the finished console versions for a few months while they finished the PC release, just to save you from feeling slighted.

Re:No PC yet (5, Insightful)

phizi0n (1237812) | about 10 months ago | (#44891921)

You can have a refined, bug-free, well-performing PC release after the console versions are done, or you can have a crappy, poorly optimised version day-and-date with the console release, but you can't have both. Rockstar North favour the former.

How do you explain GTA4? It was delayed a year and performed like shit on PC when it was released. GTA was originally a PC game and they have been treating PC as a second class citizen lately.

Re:No PC yet (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891975)

not only that, the damn rockstar social club would not let you login, and FORCE you to register...i paid 20 euros for the game+all dlcs on a steam offer and it took me 2 weeks before i could manage to register and play...then it run like shit.... it was the laziest console port i have ever seen...so thanks rockstar for the pc version that will eventually come out, i will get the RELOADED version from TPB and seed as hard as i can...

Re:No PC yet (4, Informative)

dingen (958134) | about 10 months ago | (#44892041)

GTA was originally a PC game and they have been treating PC as a second class citizen lately.

If by "lately" you mean "since 1999", then I suppose you're right. GTA hasn't been a PC game for a looooong time.

Re:No PC yet (0)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 10 months ago | (#44892213)

How do you explain GTA4? It was delayed a year and performed like shit on PC when it was released.

It performed fine if you had a quad-core. This was an expected result, because the 360 is tri-core and the OS doesn't butt in on your executable left and right. People who whine about a 360 port not working when their PC is less powerful than an Xbox 360 should probably buy a clue.

Re:No PC yet (4, Informative)

Tukz (664339) | about 10 months ago | (#44892319)

It did NOT perform "fine" if you had a quad-core.
It performed extremely bad on my i7, until the patch.

Re:No PC yet (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 10 months ago | (#44892255)

Taking time is a necessary but not sufficient condition for doing a good job. I'm not sure what platform the first GTA game came out in matters to this discussion; as a game completed for MS-DOS and latterly ported to other platforms it's hardly relevant to the multiplatform development of a modern game..

Re:No PC yet (5, Informative)

aiadot (3055455) | about 10 months ago | (#44892069)

I disagree with that and for two reasons. First, while there is a chance the total sales of PC+PS3+360 may be bigger than PS3+360 alone, that doesn't always hold true, as sometimes the only thing you succeed in is in shifting the console sales to the PC(not even talking about piracy). Also actively supporting PCs increase the development and marketing and post sale supporting costs. Yes I know that console games are developed on PCs and most likely Rockstar has a working build of GTA5 for their PCs, but, as you said yourself, they are not optimized and most likely will require monster PCs to run well (see GTA4). Second, and IMO most important reason, marketing 101 dictates that you should milk the cashcow as much as possible. If you release such an overhyped mainstream game on a limited selection of platforms such as current gen consoles you WILL attract people from other platforms such as the PC and the people waiting for the next gen consoles regardless. Then you re-release the game on the next gen consoles with better graphics and performance, inducing a lot of people to rebuy your game. Then, finally, you release your game on the PC, inducing a final third wave of sales. You must remember that Rockstar just like the overwhelming majority of game companies, publishers or "indies", are not "for-gamer" but for-profit corporation. It's part of their mission to minimax their losses and profits above anything.

$800 Million .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891743)

You'd have to kill a lot of hookers to earn that kind of money ...

Closure Current Gen (1)

Silpher (1379267) | about 10 months ago | (#44891745)

Nice way to say goodbye to the current gen and welcome the next.

Incredible. (-1, Troll)

matt007 (80854) | about 10 months ago | (#44891769)

I am baffled by the stupidity of the people.

Re:Incredible. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891819)

Why? Why is it bad to buy a game you like?

Re:Incredible. (-1, Troll)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 10 months ago | (#44891951)

I agree the GTA series sucks. And I have played them, among many other games. Along with Saints Row which is by far much more "fun".

Great works of art? Anything of Meaning? GTA is not... its like the last piece of creative work on the planet I would bother with.

Hence, why our opinion that the "Majority" is dumb. IMO its because they are pretty well brainwashed to buy what they are simply advertised and what their peers will be buying. Perhaps the original GTA, was somewhat novel and cutesy. But even then, not worth an investment.

I would drink pabst. But not bud lite. I think people are pretty dumb for drinking bud light as well. Its just shit. Sorry if that rustles your jimmies.

And to answer your question. If you like GTA. Your pretty dumb. Mostly for the aforementioned reasons.

Re:Incredible. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44892047)

How do you fit that many cocks up your ass?

Re:Incredible. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44892083)

I'm sorry, but everything you just said is completely voided by "I would drink pabst. But not bud lite".

Now, I'm not going to argue bud lite is a high quality beer. But I will argue that bud lite, put next to PBR, is good quality beer. I will agree that PBR has more flavor than bud lite, but just because something tastes like water, and something else tastes like what you would pull out of waste water treatment facility, doesn't mean the thing with more taste is better. Throw in that nothing causes a hangover quite like PBR, and yeah....

How swill like PBR could ever become trendy is beyond me. It really is the mentality "lets find something truly awful, and lets drink it". I know my beer, I like my beer, and PBR is the only one I absolutely wouldn't drink, even if it was given to me for free. It's that bad. Hell, it's worse than stella, and that's saying something.

Re:Incredible. (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 10 months ago | (#44892163)

I wouldn't expect PBR2.0 to make 80mil on the first day debute either. But what I'm saying. Is their both swill. But at least the waste water has a slight probiotic bonus. So how could Bud Lite surpass PBR in sales? Except by the extreme ignorance of mankind.

Re:Incredible. (2)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 10 months ago | (#44892317)

So how could Bud Lite surpass PBR in sales? Except by the extreme ignorance of mankind.

The same way anyone sells either of those beers, extreme ignorance of mankind. PBR is shit just like Budweiser is shit, it's just different shit. PBR is god's curse upon idiots for becoming hipsters.

Re:Incredible. (5, Funny)

dingen (958134) | about 10 months ago | (#44892103)

Your pretty dumb.

God I love this line. I can't stop laughing.

Re:Incredible. (1)

Builder (103701) | about 10 months ago | (#44892231)

> And to answer your question. If you like GTA. Your pretty dumb.

Pot, meet kettle...

Re:Incredible. (1)

MachineShedFred (621896) | about 10 months ago | (#44892347)

Yeah, how dare they support a developer who actually makes original content that entertains them, and hasn't forgot that single-player mode exists!

It deserves every sale it gets (5, Insightful)

AbRASiON (589899) | about 10 months ago | (#44891775)

The game is incredible, if you're a fan of the GTA series, they've really addressed many issues with the game. The storyline is told better and more compelling than previous ones (that includes Gay Tony, which was quite good)

The graphics / environment / effects - god knows how they achieved this, I do not know. Yes some things like Uncharted look nicer but they are a very linear closed environment. For an open world game, it's utterly staggering. I'm playing on PS3 and the resolution seems higher than GTA4, there's more detail and there's more you can do AND the draw distance is further. The frame rate while not a flawless 30 all the time seems honestly better than GTAIV at most times.

The humour, satire, writing in general is utterly tip top. I am not cringing at lines or groaning at character decisions. As usual the commercials (billboard, radio, TV) are just fantastic, some of the random one liners amazing. The stuff they've added like the random mission encounters are awesome. I really can't complain about this at all in any way.
I'm about 35 hours into it (picked it up midnight Monday night) and about 2/3 of the way through it I'd say. It's just brilliant, it really is.
If you want to wait for the PC or oft wished for PS4 editions, go for it - but posting in reply here how inferior this is, pointless - the game is great, you can play it right now. If you want to complain that it's crap because "it doesn't do XYZ that Saints Row does" - good for you, hit up Saints Row!
This world blends together so many immersive things, it's just incredible. I love the shit out of this game.
$89 AUD? In hindsight I think I would've gladly paid $189 AUD. Just brilliant.

Re:It deserves every sale it gets (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891815)

no fucking way does it (or any game) deserve even ONE sale ... at $60+ usd.

GTA6 will start at $80.. u watch.

Re:It deserves every sale it gets (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891867)

Movie ticket: $10, 2 hours entertainment –$5 per hour.
Pub: $20, 4 hours entertainment – $5 per hour.
Typical AAA game: $40, 30 hours entertainment –$1.33 per hour.
GTA: $60, 100 hours entertaiment – $0.60 per hour.

I'd say GTA is pretty well priced already.

Re:It deserves every sale it gets (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891883)

More like 2 hours entertainment, 98 hours of mind-numbing button pressing.

Re:It deserves every sale it gets (4, Insightful)

DragonTHC (208439) | about 10 months ago | (#44891987)

Typical AAA game: $60, 8 hours entertainment - $7.50 per hour

There, FTFY

Re:It deserves every sale it gets (2)

zippthorne (748122) | about 10 months ago | (#44892121)

The secondary market pushes the prices up. Each person in the chain doesn't net pay the whole $60.

Re:It deserves every sale it gets (2)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 10 months ago | (#44892191)

Typical AAA game: $60, 8 hours entertainment - $7.50 per hour
There, FTFY

You didn't fix anything. You broke a perfectly fine comment. We're not talking about any asshole AAA title. We're talking about fucking Grand Theft Auto here. I haven't bought an AAA title in years and I'm about to go out and get GTAV as soon as it's convenient. It is, in all likelihood, the last AAA title I ever buy because I won't buy first-sale-killing DRM'd Steam games, the Wii U seems dumb to me*, and Microsoft and Sony are both pure, concentrated evil and I think anyone giving them money at this point is a massive asshole.

* The Wii U seems dumb to me because of asymmetric controllers. And I won't pay the premium for a tablet controller that has limited usefulness in a single-player context. I'm a grownup and I have my own TV now.

Re:It deserves every sale it gets (2)

Sockatume (732728) | about 10 months ago | (#44892305)

I'd love to live in a world where AAA games were just 8 hours long. Completing even something like Alan Wake took me months. I'm always on the lookout for something like an MGS or Resident Evil game that I can thoroughly explore within a week or two with a minimum of padding.

Re:It deserves every sale it gets (1)

RaceProUK (1137575) | about 10 months ago | (#44892377)

GTAV is not your typical AAA game. Plus, there's the online add-on coming in a couple of weeks (for free!).

Re:It deserves every sale it gets (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44892009)

Some people don't go to the theatre or pubs because of the cost, and wait until that AAA is $20 (or less).

Another thing worth considering is the actual number of hours of entertainment obtained from the game. Even a fairly thick novel takes 10 hours to read, and very few people have the attention span for that.

Re:It deserves every sale it gets (4, Interesting)

captainpanic (1173915) | about 10 months ago | (#44892097)

Movie ticket: $10, 2 hours entertainment –$5 per hour.
Pub: $20, 4 hours entertainment – $5 per hour.
Typical AAA game: $40, 30 hours entertainment –$1.33 per hour.
GTA: $60, 100 hours entertaiment – $0.60 per hour.

I'd say GTA is pretty well priced already.

That just says that the movies and beer in pubs are way too expensive.

Re:It deserves every sale it gets (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44892129)

$5/hour in a pub? What are you, some kind of pussy?

Re:It deserves every sale it gets (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44892203)

>> Pub: $20, 4 hours entertainment â" $5 per hour.

You drink 2 beers over the course of 4 hours?

Re:It deserves every sale it gets (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891873)

$60USD/copy??? I guess GTA is a how-to to afford GTA...

Re:It deserves every sale it gets (2)

C0R1D4N (970153) | about 10 months ago | (#44892243)

When you account for inflation, game prices have been going down. [imgur.com] . Hard to remember games were more expensive back when mommy and daddy were buying them for you.

Re:It deserves every sale it gets (1)

dingen (958134) | about 10 months ago | (#44892275)

game prices have been going down

Especially true if you owned a Neo Geo.

Re:It deserves every sale it gets (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891969)

Laugh... its as incredible as the dingle berries on my anus... by what standards? Its a total commercial piece of triple A shit designed to sell a console and hardware? That it lets you live out your fantasy of being some kind of important gang banger with no motive other than greed, power, or lust? The game play is certainly not novel or meaningful. You cannot even build an empire. Or work towards some complex goal that requires the evolution of thought.

Should it be there yeah... But why it ranks so well in sales compared to billions of other games, or ideas for games that aren't seeing the light of day. I do not understand.

I'de rather be in Afghanistan in a firefight than play that shit.

Re:It deserves every sale it gets (0)

sproketboy (608031) | about 10 months ago | (#44892189)

Whatever. Not touching it until/unless it comes out on the PC.

Re:It deserves every sale it gets (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44892259)

>> In hindsight I think I would've gladly paid $189 AUD

I thought -*selling*- software was considered immoral here on Slashdot?

More non-news superlatives! (0)

ReallyEvilCanine (991886) | about 10 months ago | (#44891795)

It ain't news, especially not nerds who understand the concept of "constant dollars". It certainly ain't any sort of stuff that matters. It's time to change the tagline to:

Look! Shiny!

This place isn't even SCO/GNEW-Lunix advocacy anymore. "Quickies" were long ago ceded to reddiggit and stories about Microsoft are neutral to positive/pleasant. Five bucks says Taco is running Win8.

Re: More non-news superlatives! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891869)

Taco left Slashdot a long time ago; his choice of OS isn't really relevant.

Re:More non-news superlatives! (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 10 months ago | (#44891889)

It's conventional in the entertainment business to do these comparisons with unadjusted dollars, but given that the previous record holder came out just a few years ago, and this has beaten it by almost a factor of two, it's moot.

Unless inflation has suddenly got a lot worse than I thought.

Re:More non-news superlatives! (1)

zippthorne (748122) | about 10 months ago | (#44892133)

Funny you should say that... it did [nytimes.com] , or will. Not sure if it's priced in yet.

Re:More non-news superlatives! (1)

moteyalpha (1228680) | about 10 months ago | (#44892209)

It is a rookie karma whore mistake to poke fun at the zoo keepers.
Taco is playing GTA V and will get back to you after he checks his stock quotes on his windows phone.
I could be wrong, but I think the moderation dice(.com) are loaded. It does not surprise me that fantasy is a better business than reality because reality is hard and it guarantees no reward. It is the old mouse experiment from the 1960s. You give a mouse a button that stimulates the pleasure center in the brain and they will never eat again and push that button until they die. I think that Ringworld had a running story line about Louis Wu and "The Wire" .That is essentially the problem, It is why heroine and pain killers are such nasty things. At least this type of escape doesn't leave track marks and heroine is a far more expensive habit.
So excuse me while I reconnect this wire.

Need more numbers (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891823)

This is close to the highest grossing films (Avatar at 2.7 billion), but there is a difference in that we don't get to know how much a game cost and how much it sold unless the publisher wants us to.

All films have budget and box office numbers on their Wikipedia pages and IMDB and I think it's about time that happened for video games as well.

Re:Need more numbers (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 10 months ago | (#44891887)

Various independent estimates (presumably based on Rockstar's public financials and staff numbers) put it in at $200-$300m. That means it was about as expensive as Avatar too, assuming they both have similar marketing spends.

Re:Need more numbers (1)

FatLittleMonkey (1341387) | about 10 months ago | (#44892233)

This is close to the highest grossing films (Avatar at 2.7 billion),

You are comparing Avatar's total earnings with GTAV's first 24 hours. Avatar made about $200m on its opening weekend.

The games industry makes Hollywood look stupid and small.

Lamely replying to myself. (1)

FatLittleMonkey (1341387) | about 10 months ago | (#44892297)

The highest grossing opening day for any film was $91m in the first 24 hours for the last Harry Potter movie.

Blargh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891827)

I'll wait for it to go second hand, 70 bux is too much for a videogame.

(plus one Informative) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891831)

bought the farm... most people into a may be hurting the bAlance is struck,

Meh (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891875)

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy GTA games once in a while, but you mostly walk around between one crappy mini-game and the next with a so-so story gluing it all together. The mini-games aren't any better than random flash games online.

Re:Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44892051)

I do get you wrong.

Is it really surprising ? (3, Interesting)

Thanatiel (445743) | about 10 months ago | (#44891899)

Here at least, I've heard about the game in the "News" again and again. (Belgium)

Such or such shop exceptionnaly opened at 22:00 so people could queue and buy the game at 00:00 (here shops are usually closed at 18:30).
Such or such "expert" speaking about the influence on the children of such "an incredibely well done game, so realistic and with such an incredible level of freedom ...".

Is it so amazing that, with so much coverage, people not knowing anything about games would have an incentive, an urge, to put their hands on that "phenomenon" ?

I only remember that GTA IV was so boring, so repetitive and so identical to the previous ones that I put it aside for some other game.
Still, GTA IV was also highly rated and heavily advertised/covered by "journalists".

History repeats itself. Deal with it.

Too bad.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44891919)

the PC release is so far away. Why anyone would want to experience this in sub 720p at 24 fps is beyond me.

But there will always be people willing to get suckered into buying locked down PCs at the premise of being more retard friendly and exclusives which are nothing more than a way to extort you into buying a shitty system.

But whatever

Re:Too bad.. (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about 10 months ago | (#44892311)

The same people that dont want to play it on a little kids Screen, 70" screen or go home.

Re:Too bad.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44892353)

What are you even referring to?

The Onion's take on 'GTA V' (5, Funny)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about 10 months ago | (#44891961)

'GTA V’ A Sophisticated Gaming Experience, Says Man Who Spent 3 Hours Running Over Homeless People With Fire Truck

http://www.theonion.com/articles/gta-v-a-sophisticated-gaming-experience-says-man-w,33893/ [theonion.com]

Re:The Onion's take on 'GTA V' (2)

mynamestolen (2566945) | about 10 months ago | (#44892155)

I'd vote you up on this one but don't want to use my mod points. Sorry, but I want to make a comment or two about how broken slashdot has become. 1. I filter my page to give me high rating comments. Unfortunately I have to pick ALL because if I pick INTERESTING, or INFORMATIVE, or INSIGHTFUL I can't get FUNNY or any other category. So /. Why not combine at least three of these and allow me to filter on more than one category. 2. Too many mod points are given out if the system is going to continue to function the way it does. Almost everything is modded up. So /. Why stop at 5 for modding up. The highest should then be moved to the top of the page (I can click on stuff to give me a threaded view if I want) Anyway it's late and I'm going to bed.

Young men impersonate cops to buy GTA V, arrested (4, Funny)

argStyopa (232550) | about 10 months ago | (#44892035)

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/young-men-impersonate-cops-buy-gta-4-article-1.1459299 [nydailynews.com]

"Young Staten Island men impersonate police officers to skip line to buy Grand Theft Auto V
Kirolos Abdel Sayed, 19, Matthew Kirshen, 20, and Frank Santanastoso, 19, drove to the Staten Island Mall in what appeared to be an unmarked car complete with lights and sirens only to have their fun ended by real police officers."

Gah-bage! (0)

Anarchy24 (964386) | about 10 months ago | (#44892139)

GTA has to be one of the most boring games I've ever played. Boring!!!! I'd rather play the card game 'war' - sure the outcome is already decided from the moment you stop shufflng the deck, but at least you don't know what's going to happen next. GTA? Cops and robbers - pacman with a car and guns.

I want them to continue developing Half Life ! And I miss the simulation games of yore - Age of Empires, Civilization, Roller Coaster Tycoon, etc. They don't make many sim games any more :-( Sim City 4 is nice, but they are going to be selling "upgrades" so that we can... have the same features we had in the last version like 10 years ago. Want to build a bigger city? Pay us and we'll make your border bigger! Subways?! Gotta pay extra for that too I'm gonna guess.

It is also crap that most games these days *need* to be played online because of DRM. I like the Steam/Origin model because I don't have to worry about losing the media, but if I ain't online I can't play Sim City (without a workaround - which would probably screw up my cities online anyways),

Game developers complain about how expensive it is to create a new game - I'd much prefer something challenging and stimulating than a boring game cloned from 15 years ago because they haven't bothered to come up with anything new and just want to jazz it up with eye-candy, give it a new name, and sell if for $60 when the original was like, $20 (I'm looking at you, Microsoft)

I guess I'll just be stuck with Age of Empires 2 and Civ 4 and Roller Coaster Tycoon - but at least they're still fun and challenging after all these years!

GTA is for 'brogrammers' and frat boys.

Re:Gah-bage! (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 10 months ago | (#44892263)

GTA has to be one of the most boring games I've ever played.

GTA was one of the best DOS games ever. How could you not enjoy it? Oh, wait, you're talking about the series? It's not one game, hence my confusion.

I want them to continue developing Half Life !

So just to be clear, because you don't like endlessly doing driving and stealing missions, you want to promote endlessly doing mine-dodging or bug-killing missions. Got it.

So, I own both HL2 and GTA4, and you're just full of shit. GTA4 has an order of magnitude more replay value. This shouldn't have been true, but all the HL2 mods are lame at best; either they're very short or they're very shit.

I guess I'll just be stuck with Age of Empires 2 and Civ 4 and Roller Coaster Tycoon - but at least they're still fun and challenging after all these years!

Oh, right, PC gaming is the best! That's why you're playing games which by computer standards are fucking antiques. Because all the best games come out on PC. Now, I play PC games too, but like you I'm playing the games of yesteryear. Hell, I just dusted off Civ II. Civ IV is just too crashy. Alpha Centauri, likewise, in all versions. Simcity IV just pissed me off for the last time recently. I guess I'll have to build a new desk, so that I can attach my yoke, so I can play flight simulators. But I won't be playing Flight Simulator, even though I own it. It comes with too much PITA factor.

And... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44892179)

Some idiots still think this industry is in the brink of collapse becuse games cost $200+ million to make.

Go, indies, go...

Re:And... (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 10 months ago | (#44892273)

One successful $200m+ game does not mean you can ignore dozens of $100m+ failures.

Re:And... (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about 10 months ago | (#44892295)

If your company paid $100Mill on a failure game, you deserve to be out of business.

not anywhere near CLOSE to $800 Million (1)

dnaumov (453672) | about 10 months ago | (#44892279)

Revenues are not profits. Article title is an embarrassment.

Re:not anywhere near CLOSE to $800 Million (2)

asylumx (881307) | about 10 months ago | (#44892373)

The title doesn't say anything about profits. What's your problem with it?

But but but, the PIRACY!!!! (3, Interesting)

Lumpy (12016) | about 10 months ago | (#44892293)

Wait, so this means they also lost $2.2Billion to piracy then? I keep forgetting their fake numbers they keep trotting out on how much the companies lose to piracy.

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