"Grand Theft Auto 5" flies off shelves, shatters records, concerns parents
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"Grand Theft Auto 5" earned almost $1 billion in sales in the first 24 hours each. Game stores in the Treasure Valley are sold out and some parents very cautious not to let their kids become influenced by the hottest game in America's racy images and exposure to violence.
"We already live in Canyon County so there is a good chance my kids will be involved in crime," Rick Johns said. "So, I don't want to buy them a game that will train them for that future."
The beloved shooting game not only features but glorifies murder, strong sexual content and nudity.
"A game that allows you to pick up prostitutes and kill them and collect their money, I don't know if it sends the most family-friendly message."
Boise's VIP Gamestore sold out of its original 25 copies in less than four hours Tuesday. Owner Bill Greenway says GTA 5 is so popular with younger gamers because it gives them the chance to defy their parents.
"The mere fact you make something controversial and tell kids of a certain age you can't do this, automatically that's like pulling up a honey pot in the midst of a bunch of flies," Greenway said. "Oh, I'm not supposed to do this? Boom. I'm there."
Gamer Sam Fortner would let his kids play the game.
"I would be able to teach my kid the difference between real violence and fake violence," Fortner promised. "That's the responsibility of a parent to teach their kid right from wrong. Playing a video game when you kill somebody is different than actually killing somebody."
Fortner calls Grand Theft Auto 5, no matter how violent and graphic, just another art form.
"An artist is making a video game," Fortner said. "An artist may make a painting a kid may not like, but should the kid not be able to walk into that museum and look at that piece of art?"