We all know GTA V is out tomorrow. It can be an agonising wait knowing that something which is likely going to win numerous Game of the Year awards won't be in your hands until you've slept again, or until you brave the midnight release session in a few hours, depending on where you are.
The release embargo has been so strict that retailers were asked not to ship it until today
and Sony had removed the pre-load edition of GTA V from PSN due to sneaky hackers accessing some of the content that was provided. As I've gathered from my brother's Facebook picture with the sentiment of "Why is GTA V downloading so slowly", the pre-load embargo has now been lifted and is allowing the download of preordered content. His post indicates frustration that he won't be playing this until tomorrow, but I guess he doesn't realise that it will be locked until midnight BST (he's a British citizen living in Japan but has both a EU and JP PSN account for playing the games in the languages they were originally designed to be played in).
However, rambling about siblings' gripes with PSN download speeds isn't the aim of this article. Oh no, it's to take a stab at the BBC for using ever so slightly sensationalist language in a news article about GTA V. An article about amazon posting GTA V early, which as previously mentioned, R* had instructed them not to do.
I find it mildly interesting that people are getting their copies of this masterpiece a few days before most, but it is frustrating that a game which is as close to a complete living and breathing city simulation as a "18-rated violent crime game". It is a violent crime game, yes, but it is so much more. It is, to most gamers, a sandbox environment in which we can do 'whatever the fuck we please' without consequences. These activities can include playing tennis or golf, or even playing the stock market. It's probably because I'm a hardcore gamer who hasn't killed numerous people yet so I don't see the correlation between violent games and violent crimes, but given the vast array of mundane legal activities you can complete in the game it frustrates me that this is what is highlighted. I understand that this is what the game is about, but the BBC (who, if recent news is much to go by, used to employ quite a few paedophiles) highlighting this instead of the fact it's just an incredibly impressive world simulation is frustrating. Crime is something that is possible (and encouraged) in the game, but referring to it as purely a violent crime game is on-par with randomly bringing up the fact that the BBC had people on their payroll who commited sex offences against children.
Anyway, naughty Amazon! I'm sure that Amazon will be getting a slapped wrist from RockStar. Or maybe not. I don't care... you see, if I don't want to watch spoilers for a game then I take action that seems beyond a lot of individuals and don't watch them. Simple as. Granted, browsing sites such as Imgur can occasionally inadvertently lead to you viewing a spoiler, but this is a risk frequent users of these sites are aware of. So my advice to you, the avid gamer who wishes to experience GTA V all first hand is this - don't go onto YouTube and search for 'GTA V'. Simple.
Anyway, I was just having a quick rant about the BBC's sensationalist language and people moaning about spoilers that they're too stupid to realise they don't have to watch.