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‘GTA’ selling well; early violence in Britain

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm •  Published: April 29, 2008

Little bit of a link roundup for how “Grand Theft Auto” is doing on day of release:

From the Washington Business Journal:

“There is no question this is a huge product on the Xbox and PlayStation 3,” said Matt Wallace, assistant manager at GameStop in Tysons Corner Center. “We’ve had a lot of buzz and excitement beforehand, and having seen what the first 15 hours were like, I anticipate that it’s going to be very big this week. I’d say this is the biggest title of the year to date and nothing bigger is on the horizon. I’ve had customers saying they’ve reserved their copy since June of last year.”

Four-hour lines in San Franscisco, according to Forbes:

Daniel Jongeward … waited in line for over 4 hours to get his hands on GTA IV. He and his friends actually showed up at 5 p.m., but a queue hadn’t formed yet. They went to the movies and returned at 8 p.m. “Everyone expected there to be a line,” he said. Jongeward said he would probably wind up playing all night, since he has Tuesday off. “I planned [my] vacation around ‘Grand Theft Auto.’”

Some moron stabbed a man walking by the “GTA” line in Britain, which will probably provide fuel for all the GTA haters:

LONDON (AFP) — British police were Tuesday hunting the attacker of a man stabbed as he walked by shoppers queuing to buy the latest edition of the notoriously violent computer game “Grand Theft Auto IV.”

Around 100 people waiting for the game to go on sale at midnight Monday saw a hooded man jump out of the queue outside a shop in Croydon, south London, and repeatedly stab the 23-year-old passer-by, police said.

The victim required treatment to several stab wounds but later left hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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