Tragedy And Heroics Surround Grand Theft Auto 5 Launch

Big Triple-A game releases have their perks, like lining up with like-minded gamers at midnight to get the latest and greatest. These midnight launches are supposed to be fun, if a little inconvenient, as you share gaming stories and jokes with friends and strangers alike. Hopefully you get some swag from GameStop during the wait, too.

According to the Daily Mail, however, such was not the case for a man in North London.

During the midnight launch events in England, an unnamed 23-year-old Londoner lined up to buy a copy of Grand Theft Auto 5 from his local Asda grocery store. During his walk home, around 1:20am local time, the man was hit with a brick, stabbed, and robbed of his still-unopened game. A Scotland Yard official said the man is in stable condition.

Grand Theft Auto 5 is on track to be one of the biggest game releases, if not the biggest, in 2013. Real-world violence over something as trivial as a new video game is always tragic, and as this news post is proof positive of, such events only take focus off the creative process and the joy we get from playing games.

Where we focus on the bad, we must also shed light on the good. Two teenage brothers in Toronto, who were walking home after buying Grand Theft Auto 5 early this morning, saved a 71-year-old man after they heard smoke alarms coming from his home. Luke and Colten Rybuck were walking by when they heard the alarm, and quickly ran over to break in the front door after seeing smoke pouring out of a second story window. While the thick smoke forced them back, the boys quickly called 911, and the Fire Department was able to save the elderly man.

Keep the injured in your thoughts as you tear through Vinewood, looking for another Bullet or Cheetah to steal.

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1 Comment on Tragedy And Heroics Surround Grand Theft Auto 5 Launch


On September 17, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I am glad he is in a stable condition. Good and bad things happen every day, just a shame that the news only really ever likes to show the bad that happens.

No one is robbing me of my games, something to be said for digital distribution.