Everyone and their mother seems to be talking about the release of Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V this week. Even people you didn’t think played video games seem to be running around talking about how they’re going to pick up this title. So… have Riv and Landin caught the GTA Bug? Landin couldn’t care less about video games and the only reason I am picking it up is because I won a copy of John Madden NFL 25 on a lottery ticket and I’m one of 7 people on earth who doesn’t give a damn about football. Of course the game isn’t here yet so it might be a week or two before I pick up the newest installment of the GTA series and to be honest had it not been for that, I would have waited for a Game of the Year Edition.
Still I’ve never seen a game this hyped before to the point it feels like everybody on earth is getting it. I think the most telling sign for us happens to be the fact that it’s been more difficult than usual in seeing if anyone wants to make a guest appearance on the upcoming episode of Asked this Wednesday because EVERYONE will be plugged into the matrix that is this new videogame title and the streets are probably going to empty like in I Am Legend.
I will say it is very interesting GTAV has so much hype as the past few years have not been good to Rockstar Games’ flagship title. GTAIV was horribly lackluster and somehow lost the charm of the game by adding a system in which people would call you randomly (sometimes in mid-mission) to come hang out with them to the point “Hey cousin let’s go bowling!” is somewhat of a meme when it comes to the title.
GTAIV was followed by several PSP and Nintendo DS Grand Theft Auto games (Chinatown Wars) that returned the series to its roots of being an overhead aerial view of the action, and while that worked for many people in the beginning of the series it just came across as too corny and uninteresting for many long-time fans of the series. While the game wasn’t a complete failure it just didn’t “wow” anyone.
In natural videogame fashion, though, many people are intending to line up to pick up the game at midnight from their local retailers such as Gamestop. The funny thing about this is that most of these people are the ones that never go outside unless a new videogame is being sold at midnight so they all look like some kind of Morlocks. If you ever want to smell what sadness, desperation and loneliness smells like you have two options: wait for Wrestlecon or go to a midnight videogame release.
We are pleased to report that no one affiliated with Asked is going to a midnight release, not even to photograph the freak show standing in line outside of the video game stores – mainly because Johnny Landin would make fun of them if they did. But the question is… does that make you worse for buying the game online and not setting foot outside at all?
What makes me laugh as well is the fact you have some people making jokes about “girls being lonely because Grand Theft Auto V is out.” For starters if you’re this excited over Grand Theft Auto V, you probably don’t actually have a woman and if you do and pass her up for the video game, chances are she’s going to start boning somebody else because you’re such a loser. Of course suddenly every girl on earth says she loves Grand Theft Auto the same way they all decided they love “zombies” and “Batman” to try to fit in and accommodate these sad sacs, so go figure, society is broken.
Back to the point: there is a huge hype train for Grand Theft Auto V and that is because the game is believed to be the one that is going to bring the series back into the prominence it once enjoyed during the glory days of Grand Theft Auto III, GTA: Vice City and GTA: San Andreas, and while I personally can’t really get that excited for anything (because I’m not a fanboy) I can understand why some people are and I know for a fact one of Asked’s executive consultants, John Bazman is currently treating today, the Monday before GTAV like its Christmas, and probably wearing those ugly footy pajamas and singing happy songs to himself in anticipation of the title’s arrival. And while the fact nobody will shut up about Grand Theft Auto V is moderately annoying, at least it has accomplished one thing:
It got people to stop talking about last night’s episode of Breaking Bad. Expect a review if we can get somebody to stop playing it long enough to actually write one.