Copies of video game Grand Theft Auto V are flying off the shelves in Shepparton.By Chloe Warburton
Hundreds of people lined up in the middle of the night on Tuesday to buy the latest instalment of the controversial Grand Theft Auto franchise.
A special midnight launch was organised at JB Hi-Fi stores across Australia to celebrate the release of Grand Theft Auto V and the Shepparton store was one of them.
The video game franchise, which has sold 125 million copies, has caused controversy with its extreme violence and sexual themes and features characters that work their way up in the criminal underworld. It has gained critical acclaim for its characters and screenwriting, as well as the open world for players to explore.
JB Hi-Fi Shepparton games co-ordinator Brandon Coughlan said 300 people had pre-ordered Grand Theft Auto V and the store had ordered 1200 copies.
‘‘We sold 200 copies at the midnight launch last night and had people lined up from the front of the store all the way through to the back,’’ he said yesterday.
‘‘Even today, GTAV is outselling all of our other games 20 to one.
‘‘It seems to be a cult classic and a lot of people grew up with it. We’re still selling loads of copies of Grand Theft Auto IV and that’s been out for five years — this is one of those games where we’ll keep selling a huge amount of copies right up until the next one is released.’’
Grand Theft Auto V is the first game in the series to be rated R18+ in Australia after the new video game classification was introduced at the start of the year. Previous Grand Theft Auto games were released with an MA15+ rating and the content altered for the Australian classification system.
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