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GTA V smashes seven world records

GTA V smashes seven world records

Grand Theft Auto 5 is not just the fastest video game, but the fastest entertainment property in general to generate $1bn.

Grand Theft Auto 5 has broken the world record for best-selling video game within 24 hours and six other records.

According to Guinness World Records, the game also qualifies for the world record of the fastest entertainment property to generate $1bn. The title hit $1bn in sales after less than three days on sale, selling $815.7 in its first day alone.

The remaining five records are around a similar theme and include best-selling action-adventure video game in 24 hours, fastest video game to gross $1bn, the highest grossing video game in 24 hours and highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours.

Away from the sales focus, Grand Theft Auto 5 also scooped the record for the most viewed trailer for an action-adventure game.

'Gaming is no longer a niche hobby, as GTA 5 has proved, and how exciting that it's taken on the might of Hollywood and won!' said Guinness World Records editor in chief Craig Glenday.

Grand Theft Auto 5 launched on September 17 on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 with the game's much anticipated online multiplayer component launching a week later.

Whilst the game currently sits with an outstanding metacritic score of 98, many outlets have criticised the game for its apparent misogyny and temperamental multiplayer mode which has been plagued with server issues and save-game bugs.

A title update issued by Rockstar today on the Playstation 3 version and 'tomorrow at the latest' for the Xbox 360 does however aim to address these gameplay progress issues along with several other bugs.

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thogil 10th October 2013, 14:36 Quote
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...selling $815.7 in its first day alone.

Second and third day sales must have been amazing.
Dave Lister 10th October 2013, 15:03 Quote
lol
Hustler 10th October 2013, 17:38 Quote
Not exactly comparing like with like though is it, in terms of 'entertainment product'

$60 for a game

$10 for a cinema ticket, book, CD, DVD.
CowBlazed 10th October 2013, 21:55 Quote
I don't see why not. They all offer entertainment hours for a cost. The difference is expansive games like GTA can give you more hours for your money then a movie or book and feel more immersive.
LennyRhys 11th October 2013, 00:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by thogil
Second and third day sales must have been amazing.

Yeah, c'mon editors - get your game on and put "million" in there where it's meant to be!
Santa-san 11th October 2013, 06:42 Quote
Wow, that's a lot of money O_O
fluxtatic 11th October 2013, 07:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hustler
Not exactly comparing like with like though is it, in terms of 'entertainment product'

$60 for a game

$10 for a cinema ticket, book, CD, DVD.

I know way more people that read books, listen to music, and go to the movies than I know gamers inclined to play GTA...then again, I work with a bunch of middle-aged people, so maybe that's part of it.

But on what planet are new hardcover books or new-release DVDs $10? Yeah, GTA costs more than any of those, but the scale's a bit smaller than you describe, I think.
law99 13th October 2013, 20:59 Quote
£18.99 normally for a new hardback. £15 for a DVD and £18 for a blu-ray. £42 for a video game by the looks of it.

The last Harry Potter sold 15 million copies in 24 hours... There was a massive discount in supermarkets but as a loss leader, they would presumably however have paid the distributor/wholesaler the same as everyone else (near enough give or take bulk discounts). That is more copies than day 1 GTA V sales. It just doesn't generate as much cash.

Still impressive none the less and a great sign for adult gaming.
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