"Grand Theft Auto" Video Game Makes $800 Million In 24 Hours

Reported by: Webb Wright
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Updated: 9/19/2013 7:07 pm
      $800 million dollars in just 24 hours. To put it in perspective, "Grand Theft Auto V" made more in one day than the opening weekend of "The Avengers" "Iron Man 3", "The Dark Knight", and "The Dark Knight Rises"...combined.
       "I knew that the game was going to be one of the highest grossing games ever. I had no idea that it would reach this level of popularity. This game being, it dwarfed Halo, it dwarfed Black Ops 2, it dwarfed Modern Warfare 2, all these games all did 200 million dollars in their first 24 hours. This did 800 million, there's no way that they could have even expected or even anticipated that," said Dewaun Davis, owner of D-Tel Games.
      Gamers credit the "open world style" game play for the titles success.
      "It is one of those titles where its always been a play ground game, an open world game, where people can go do whatever they want to so a leisure, casual gamer can turn this game on and play, for hours, without any recourse or ripples so to speak in the decisions that they make," said Davis.
       But the game's ultra-violent content has some mental health experts urging caution when allowing children and adolescents to pick up the game.
      "You really create your own reality and there are social norms that are completely ignored and even committing crimes or doing things that are truly disruptive in society is glorified in these video games," said Farlie Chastain, a counselor with Parkridge Valley.
       Wildly popular games that could have a lasting effect on some children.
       "You are not going to create a kid that is going to go out and commit a crime just from playing video games but at the same time if you have a kid that has issues or has problems, spending time becoming numb or de-sensitized to violence or to crime certainly could increase the like-ability that they would do something like that," said Chastain.
       Experts say that if a child begins to give up other social activities to play video games, he or she might have a gaming addiction.
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