MASON CITY, Iowa - The Grand Theft Auto franchise has a history of being considered one of the most violent games around, and with a new title set to hit store shelves tonight, past issues still exist.
With millions of copies expected to be sold, some gamers are saying it’s becoming too mainstream to be an issue.
“Yeah, I’ve been playing them for a while,” said Darius Mcmillan of Forest City.
Darius has played several versions of Grand Theft Auto in the past and says while it’s easy to spot violence in many games, it’s just a matter of how we interpret it.
“Violence is in all the games, it’s just a matter of how you take it. Their going to have the violence but it’s still an entertainment game. It’s just for entertainment,” said Mcmillan.
With pre-order sales through the roof and stores expecting thousands around the country to wait for their copy at midnight, experts see the game being a top-seller.
Although with rising momentum, many question how parents are dealing with the mainstream appeal of the game.
“It’s almost like Mcdonald’s Big Mac or some other fast food. Where some parents are going to say, ‘yeah it’s just fine that my kid has it’. Some parents are going to say, ‘I think my kid can have it but in moderation’ and some will say ‘I want them to stay away from fast food all together’,” said Ryan Miller, Operations Manager for Gamers.
The Entertainment Software Rating Board puts their rating label on every video game bought or sold, and although the “Mature” rating only allows those seventeen and older to buy it, some have a different idea of who should regulate the purchase.
“I really think it’s up to the parents to make that decision. I think they know their kid best and that’s why we suggest that government and retailers and other people don’t make that decision. we ask that the parents make that,” said Miller.
Many retailers are already preparing for what they say could be a record day in sales tonight. Some already predict sales of the long-awaited game to hit 7 million units sold in day one.