The Change.org petition urging Rockstar Games to port Grand Theft Auto V to the PC has around 72,000 more supporters than it had the last time we checked. As of this writing, the petition has 572,777 supporters - up from the 500,000 it had on Sept. 26.
Grand Theft Auto Online, the multiplayer companion to Grand Theft Auto V, launched today and Rockstar is already apologizing for early technical issues. Of course, Rockstar warned on Monday that it expected a few hiccups here and there as hundreds of thousands or even millions of players converged on the service.
On Episode 71 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight spend a good portion of this week's show talking about Grand Theft Auto V, the various announcements about SteamOS (including hardware, the controller, and the new Linux-based gaming environment revealed by Valve this past week), the latest poll, and a whole lot more. Download Episode 71 now: SuperPAC Episode 71 (1 hour, 19 minutes) 36.1 MB.
The petition on Change.org urging Rockstar Games to port Grand Theft Auto V to the PC has seen another major surge this week, jumping from over 450,000 signatures to over 500,000. The petition had a little over 450,000 signatures a few days, ago - up from just over 365,000 signatures a little after the game's retail release. It had 200,000 signatures in July and has seen its support balloon since the release of the game last week.
No doubt the Daily Mail (who loves publishing stories about the "evil influence" of video games on the UK's youth) is happy to report on what a judge had to say about a 15-year-old boy's bank raid at a Barclays bank in Liverpool, on Friday.
Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz writes in a research note to investors today that Grand Theft Auto V sales have likely surpassed 15 million units worldwide already. He also thinks that the game will sell 25 million units in its first year of release.
"Based on the $1B three-day figure Take-Two disclosed, we believe the game has already sold through at least 15MM units," said Creutz in his research note.
Despite the national media's fascination with the Washington Navy Yard shooter's violent video gaming habits, lawmakers on Capitol Hill focused on the need to shore up rules on guns in the United States. Democratic lawmakers and anti-gun groups focused their efforts on the push for a vote on background checks legislation, according to Polticio. During that debate there's was very little talk about violent video games.
On Episode 70 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about so much Grand Theft Auto V news that we have officially dubbed this the GTA V episode. I'm surprised these two didn't record a bumper for Rockstar to go in the breaks! Download Episode 70 now: SuperPAC Episode 70 (1 hour, 12 minutes) 65.9 MB.
Conservative college group Campus Reform's Caleb Bonham asks college students about the "virtual morality" (or lack thereof, from his perspective) in Grand Theft Auto V. In his video he interviews college students about whether it is acceptable to run over a prostitute and get your money back or kill policemen in the game. Most say that these are perfectly acceptable activities because the world is not real. Bonham does manage to stump a few people when he asks if allowing a player to rape someone is acceptable, just like the other things players can do in the game.
Tulsa, Oklahoma Talk Radio Station KFAQ AM 1170 gives former Florida Attorney and familiar anti-game crusader Jack Thompson a chance to talk about his favorite subject: Grand Theft Auto.
On Pat Campbell's podcast, Thompson discusses at length the effects of the Grand Theft Auto series, the Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis' obsessive gaming habits, and the possible culpability of corporations that make violent video games.
You can find the show here. It's about 30 minutes long.
EB Games Australia has apologized publicly for a Grand Theft Auto V publicity stunt at one of its stores. Apparently a Grand Theft Auto V display in one of its Queensland stores used sherbert as fake cocaine.
"Regrettably, one of our EB Games store locations in Queensland set-up an unauthorised display within the store in support of the launch of the Grand Theft Auto V video game," Debra McGrath, EB's national brand, events and marketing manager said.
The petition on Change.org urging Rockstar Games to port Grand Theft Auto V to the PC has seen a major surge in the last three days, jumping from over 365,000 signatures to over 450,000. Apparently these numbers make it the tenth largest global gaming petition ever too. The petition sat at just over 365,000 signatures a little over three days ago - up from a little over 200,000 signatures in July. Change.org also says it was the most viewed petition on Change.org in the past week.
Grand Theft Auto V was released on Tuesday and it has already managed to generate just over $800 million during its first 24 hours at retail and through digital distribution channels, according to publisher Take-Two Interactive. Take-Two says that these day-one sales are the highest in the company's history and for the Grand Theft Auto series. By comparison, Grand Theft Auto IV sold 3.6 million copies, generating $310 million during its launch day in April 2008. Take-Two has not disclosed how many GTA V copies have been sold thus far.
A publicity stunt by several Micromania employees in Montargis (a town south of Paris, France) to celebrate the launch of Grand Theft Auto V led to a frenzy of law enforcement agents who thought something real was going on. The employees dressed up as criminals complete with face masks and toy guns.
Hawick (a town far to the south of Edinburgh, Scotland) councilor David Paterson says that a district in Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V with the same name could hurt the reputation of the town. Speaking to the BBC, Paterson said that he was disgusted to learn that a "druggie hipster" district is named after his town:
MSNBC personality Ed Schultz has been insulting our intelligence with his show on TV and radio for years, but now he's taking aim at your mom. In a segment that aired this week, while holding up a copy of Grand Theft Auto V, he suggested that anyone who would let their kids play the game is a bad parent. Naturally Andrew Eisen thought he'd call his mom to get her reaction.
Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive told fans in this support forum thread that it is "happy for fans" to upload gameplay footage, but warns them that any videos containing spoilers and other "in-game entertainment" will be flagged for removal via a takedown notice to whatever service they might be using.
A London man who bought a copy of Grand Theft Auto V when it went on sale at midnight was mugged on his way home from the store.
The unnamed 23-year-old man was "hit with a brick, stabbed and stripped of his mobile phone, watch and his copy of the game."
Luckily, he is in stable condition at a local hospital. Three men were arrested in connection with the crime.
Robert W. Baird & Co. analyst Colin Sebastian is excited about the high review scores Grand Theft Auto V is getting and makes a prediction that the game will sell big in its first month at retail. This morning he sent a note to investors saying that his firm expects the latest entry in the popular Grand Theft Auto series to generate $1 billion in sales at retail over its first month of release.
While the petition to bring Grand Theft Auto to the PC has gotten plenty of media attention and a fair share of signatures (over 365,000 so far as of this morning) another petition on Change.org isn't getting as much love. As Andrew Eisen pointed out this morning, the petition to bring Grand Theft Auto V to the Wii U has only managed to garner 4,313 signatures of the 20,000 it needs to be sent off to Rockstar Games. The petition has been online since 2012.
From the appeal on the petition to Rockstar Games / Take-Two Interactive:
Rockstar Games is warning consumers who buy the Xbox 360 version of Grand Theft Auto V (officially releasing at retail tomorrow for Xbox 360 and PS3 tomorrow) not to install the second disc marked "Play Disc." Apparently installing this disc to your hard drive will cause significant issues with how the game performs. The game comes on two discs: an "Install disc" and a "Play disc." The Install Disc is meant to be installed to your hard drive and takes up around 7.7 GB. The second disc can also be installed and will take up an additional 7.8 GB of HD space.
A petition on Change.org urging Rockstar Games to port Grand Theft Auto V to the PC has hit a major milestone recently; it now has over 365,000 signatures. The petition was created to urge Rockstar Games to bring the game to the PC platform as soon as possible after the game released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game hits both those platforms officially tomorrow in the United States.
As of this writing, the petition has 365,006 supporters - up from the 200,000 signatures it managed to collect in July of this year.
Rockstar Games confirmed via Twitter that European gamers who preordered GTA V on PlayStation Network will be able to pre-load the game as of 3 p.m. British Summer Time on Sunday, Sept. 15. North American PSN users can begin that download at 3 a.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 16.
Rockstar Games' upcoming open-world action game Grand Theft Auto V may have cost up to $266 million to develop and market, according to a report by Scottish newspaper The Scotsman. The article also claims that industry analysts expect the game "could sell" upwards of 25 million copies in its first year on the market. That would generate over $1.56 billion in sales for Take-Two Interactive, they say.
This week's show is all about controversies, and there were so many to choose from last week including the return of complaints about Penny Arcade's "dick wolves," a sexier Quiet in Metal Gear Solid 5, Rockstar using real gang members for the voice acting in Grand Theft Auto 5, a scene deleted from the demo for Hotline Miami 2 because some found it offensive, and so much more. Download Episode 68 now: SuperPAC Episode 68 (1 hour, 29 minutes) 40.8 MB.
Here's an interesting tidbit from the production of Rockstar Games' soon-to-be-released Grand Theft Auto V: some of the voice acting was performed by real gang members. Apparently Rockstar had a "guy" who went around recruiting gang members to record for certain characters in the game, and some of these gang members even helped better shape the dialogue to make it more authentic.