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I’m not going to post the whole letter, but as someone who worked video game retail for two years, I can relate to every word of this letter.  It’s worth reading and absolutely true.  The vast majority of parents are clueless about video games.

Dear Parents… We need to talk. There is something that has been eating at me for awhile, and I have had enough.

I have been working in video game retail for almost 10 years now. I love my job. Some of my best memories begin with loving, bewildered parents walking into our store, naïve to the gaming world but eager to learn. I would find myself talking to them about platform choices, game franchises, and getting started online. I’d then enlighten them with my own gaming experiences with my kids. This approach got them interested in what their children were doing and encouraged them to play the games alongside their kids.

There is no better feeling than a happy parent returning to my store, pleased with my previous advice, and wanting more product.

Every week, new M-rated games are released. Some are more of an M than others. I have no problem letting my kids watch me play M-rated games like Halo, Skyrim, and Fable. Then there are the games like Duke Nukem, Saints Row, and Grand Theft Auto, which are the very reason I am writing this letter today.

Last week my store sold over a thousand copies of GTA V, at least a hundred of which were sold to parents for children who could barely even see over my counter.

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Something else you won’t hear from the ignorant mainstream media.

Two brothers, aged 17 and 16, were out late last night in Toronto picking up Grand Theft Auto V. That should have been the most exciting thing of the night, but nope. They had to go and help save an old man’s life on the way home.

Returning from the store with their game, the pair came across a house on fire, with a 70 year-old man trapped inside. They called 911, then bust down his front door to try and save the occupant. The flames forced them back outside, however they had made the emergency call fast enough that the fire brigade got there in time to rescue the man.

Well done, gents. Hope the game was a little less dangerous.

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Grand Theft Auto 5 is out tomorrow for the DirectX Box Three Hundred and Sixty and PlayStation Computer Entertainment System the Third. But no matter how angrily I type its name into Steam, a PC version just isn’t appearing. It’s not just me perturbed by Rockstar’s bullish silence regarding a Windows release. The inevitable petition, launched last November, has now collected over 350,000 digi-signatures.

Has the landmark prompted the publisher to realise that they’d accidentally forgotten to announce our version? No, of course not. GTA 5′s release campaign is likely comprised of a tightly controlled and meticulously planned set of stages, and – as always – making a PC announcement falls somewhere behind the console releases.

Maybe they’re scared that if they did announce a PC release, the other systems would be a barren sales wasteland. We’re just too powerful, that’s our problem. Probably not, but a late announcement isn’t against type. GTA 4′s PC port was first announced four months after its console release.

Of course, Rockstar could instead be persuaded by the amazing counter-petition that aims to stop PC owners ever getting a copy of GTA 5. The notably less popular petition, created “so PC Gamers learn their lesson and stop stealing games,” has now reached slightly over 10,000 signatures.

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The first few GTA V reviews are trickling in.

GamesRadar:

http://www.gamesradar.com/gta-5-review/?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=emp

IGN:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/09/16/grand-theft-auto-v-review

Polygon:

http://www.polygon.com/2013/9/16/4720458/gta-5-review-grand-theft-auto

Kotaku:

http://kotaku.com/grand-theft-auto-v-the-kotaku-review-1324730770

GameSpot:

http://www.gamespot.com/grand-theft-auto-v/reviews/grand-theft-auto-v-review-6414475/

Joystiq:

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/09/16/grand-theft-auto-5-review/

Eurogamer:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-09-16-grand-theft-auto-5-review

GameTrailers:

http://www.gametrailers.com/reviews/p5jvw4/grand-theft-auto-v-review

You probably don’t need to be told this, but the game is getting stellar reviews.

If you have a pre-order for GTA V, you might want to call your retailer.  They may sell it to you today!

The street date for highly-anticipated release Grand Theft Auto V has been broken, with many consumers who pre-ordered their copies of the game receiving it this weekend.

The title is officially due for release on Tuesday but online retailer Amazon has already dispatched copies of the game, much to the delight of consumers, who have been posting images to social networking sites Instagram and Twitter.

Rockstar has issued a short note to GamesIndustry International stating: “We are in the process of investigating early ‘sales’ to determine how and why that is occurring.”

The move will frustrate bricks-and-mortar retailers who only received their stock on Saturday and possibly push stores to begin selling the game early.

Grand Theft Auto V is likely to be one of the biggest sellers this generation with some estimating it could shift 18 million units during publisher Take-Two’s financial year.

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