Rockstar Games Put Out A Mass Mob-Style Hit On Gamers Everywhere

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The video game publisher didn’t really do that, not to my knowledge anyway, but there’s no other explanation I can think of for the record-breaking success of Grand Theft Auto V. How many records? Seven! Seven damn records! GTA V currently holds seven records tracked by Guinness World Records.

On October 8th, Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday stated:

Gaming is no longer a niche hobby, as GTA 5 has proved, and how exciting that it’s taken on the might of Hollywood and won! I’m also doubly proud as a Dundonian to welcome this home-grown series back into the Guinness World Records book.

Personally, I don’t think gaming has been a niche hobby for many years. Sales, especially with certain franchises, have incrementally been increasing year over year, and GTA V is certainly not the first game to break entertainment records (e.g., back in 2007, first-day sales of Halo 3 hit $170 million in the U.S., breaking all previous single-day entertainment launch records, including the previous record held by Halo 2, $125 million).

What are the seven records held by GTA V?

1. Best-selling action-adventure video game in 24 hours
2. Best-selling video game in 24 hours
3. Fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion
4. Fastest video game to gross $1 billion
5. Highest grossing video game in 24 hours
6. Highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours
7. Most viewed trailer for an action-adventure video game

Obviously, initial response to GTA V has been great and the critics have been kind. But it’s clear from reading some online posts that “fans” want a PC port, an app beyond iOS, and better online play. Let’s wait and see if Rockstar puts its new-found riches to good use.

Rock Hard \m/


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