Rumor: GTV V Delayed Because of Sandy Hook
We’ve all seen the Exorcist-inspired YouTube tantrums of kids who have had their video games taken away… or taken too much to heart. Spend time online and you’ll see a surplus of very angry people in the U.S. that have way too much time on their hands. Some paranoid people believe there’s a correlation between obsessive (first person shooter) gaming and the rise of a more deadly youth culture.
Now the blowback may be hurting the video game industry. It seems that, following the tragic events at Sandy Hook, the long-awaited Grand Theft Auto V has been deliberately delayed…
The rumors have circulated since Rockstar, the video game developer behind the infamous Grand Theft Auto franchise, announced that the latest installment would be delayed. Some commenters believe that Microsoft and Sony, the tech giants, are behind the game’s pushed-back release date. With Microsoft releasing the Xbox 720 and Sony releasing the PlayStation 4, fans of the franchise believe the company is making a financial consideration. (The companies have both denied there will be delays.) Instead of being available to the public this spring, GTA V has been pushed back to September, when the next-generation consoles will also launch. Coincidence?
But there’s the more tantalizing speculation that Rockstar delayed the game’s release because of fear that a fragile post-Sandy Hook climate would bring bad publicity for the notoriously violent game. The suggestion is that Rockstar is buying itself some time until tensions die down regarding “irresponsible” video games.
Considering that Take-Two, Rockstar’s parent company, has already suffered financial losses on GTA V’s delay, perhaps there’s more truth to the Sandy Hook theory than to the money-making scheme rumor.
Will other video games decide to self-delay in hopes of avoiding game violence critics?
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