Robbing a special-needs man, creating panic in a Scottish town, and posing as a cop might sound like the type of things you could do in the wondrous, lawless world of Grand Theft Auto V. But nope, these are just some of the things people have done in the all-too-real world in light of the game's release this week.
People have been waiting anxiously yet patiently for around five years for the video game's release. And the game has been touted as the most expansive game in the series. Perhaps that hype made people a little antsy. But that still doesn't explain all of the dumb things people did for/because of GTA this week. A brief timeline:
- September 17, 2013. Grand Theft Auto V is released. The game makes $800 million on its first day.
September 17, 2013. Three Staten Island gamers wanted to get their hands on the game before anyone else did. So, they did the logical thing:
they camped outthey dressed up as cops to cut the line. The men were pulled over on their way home, and were charged with impersonating police officers. If convicted, they face one year in jail.
- September 17, 2013. Two people robbed a special needs man of his copy. Rohan Dawkins has an "intellectual disability" and had been paying his video game store in small increments for the game, the Sun Sentinel reported. Police say he was allegedly robbed in the store's parking lot. The couple charged with stealing Dawkins's copy face charges of strong-armed robbery and dealing in stolen property. Dawkins, police said, will get his copy today.
- September 17, 2013. An EB Games store promoted the launch with fake "cocaine." The GTA franchise is indeed edgy: you can do things like play tennis and kill people. You can also buy and sell drugs, or watch characters take drugs and stuff.
- September 18, 2013. That EB Games store had to apologize for its fake "cocaine." The cocaine was really "fizzy white candy powder sherbet"; reports say that it actually wasn't given out to anyone, the Brisbane Times reports.
- September 18. 2013. An official in the Scottish town of Haywick is concerned that GTA will ruin the town's reputation. That's because, in the game, there's a town called Haywick, and it is a den of illegal acts and home to miscreants. "It is going to destroy the good reputation of the town," Local councillor David Paterson told the BBC.
- September 19, 2013. People have realized that there's a Mark Zuckerberg lookalike in the game. People have realized you can kill the Mark Zuckerberg lookalike.
September 20, 2013. Gayle King plays GTA V
Clearly, this all chaos means one thing: Apple fanboys and girls, it's time to step up your game.
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