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  • GTA: San Andreas Breaking Records... Could Surpass Movie; Titanic!

    sorry if this has already been posted......
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    NEW YORK (Reuters) - When the violent video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" hits stores on Tuesday, its sales could eclipse Hollywood's most successful films, even as it draws the ire of critics.

    Developed by Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. imprint Rockstar Games, "San Andreas" should sell more than 4.5 million units globally in its first week, which could make it one of the top sellers of all time, analysts say.

    "This will be one of the few video games to sell more copies than the preceding version," said American Technology Research analyst P.J. McNealy, noting that the game's predecessor "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" sold 12 million copies. "The expectations are 13-15 million for this one," he added.

    At about $50 each, first-week sales of 4.5 million units would equal about $225 million. Should it reach 15 million units, sales of "San Andreas" would beat U.S. and Canada box office sales of the film "Titanic" by more than $100 million.

    Its debut kicks off a season of blockbusters in the global interactive game publishing market, which at over $30 billion a year, dwarfs the movie business.

    "San Andreas," exclusive to Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news) (news - web sites).'s PlayStation 2 (news - web sites) console, will be followed on Nov. 9 by "Halo 2," made by Microsoft Corp. for its Xbox (news - web sites). Nintendo (news - web sites) Co. Ltd., maker of the GameCube, will have "Metroid Prime 2."

    Microsoft said more than 1.5 million copies of "Halo 2" have already been pre-ordered.

    VIDEO GAME VIOLENCE

    "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas's" plot revolves around a gangster returning to a city modeled after Los Angeles, to find his mother has been murdered and the police have blamed him for another killing. What follows is up to 150 hours of story-driven "gameplay" in which users can steal vehicles, maneuver out-of-control car chases, and shoot opponents.

    "It is very violent (and includes) shooting cops," said Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter. "People like being the bad guy. This is a way of acting out a stupid fantasy."

    Pachter adds that Microsoft's "Halo 2" is "every bit as violent, but the things that you are shooting don't look like people. They look like space suit guys."

    Analysts expect "San Andreas" to stir up similar criticism to "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City," released in 2002, which was condemned by family values watchdog groups and Connecticut's U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman (news - web sites), an advocate of restrictions on violent games.

    "Vice City" sales soared as game enthusiasts shrugged off the protests.

    Like "Vice City," "San Andreas" carries an "M," or Mature, rating. According to the Entertainment Software Rating Board, M-rated games feature intense violence, contain sexual themes and strong language, and is suitable for persons over 17.

    This time, the game will again benefit specialty stores Electronics Boutique Holdings Corp., and GameStop Corp., as well as larger retail chains such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which monitors the content of the products it sells.

    "If you are Wal-Mart you aren't going to miss out on selling one of the biggest titles of the year," said analyst American Technology's McNealy.

    A spokesman for Wal-Mart was not available for comment.

    Fueled by anticipation for "San Andreas," Take-Two shares have been strong this year. But they slipped 97 cents, or about 3 percent, to $31.58 on Monday after Banc of America Securities cut its rating to "neutral" from "buy," citing a lack of other hit titles in its pipeline.

    "Beyond GTA, there remain no other blockbuster releases in Take-Two's lineup," said analyst Gary Cooper in a note to clients. "We have only moderate expectations for Rockstar's releases after San Andreas (such as "Midnight Club 3" and "The Warriors")."

  • #2
    lol, it's a great game. I love the GTA series.

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    • #3
      Almost 85% of every kid in my school has it reserved, including me. I'm bout to run to the mall in about 2 hours to cop it.

      hehe... wont be sleepin a wink tonight
      I Hope You Die and Burn In Hell...

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      • #4
        Everyone I Know With A PS2 Is Getting This, I Already Have It On Pre-Order And People Are Still Jumping On The Band-Wagon 1 By 1.... 150 Hours Of Gameplay.... MAN!!!!
        Originally posted by IloveEminem6969
        groupie? ..how am i a groupie?
        - Hahahaha, Classic!

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        • #5
          damn i gotta buy a new ps2 and the game too
          want to pick up the most beautiful women come check out this new cologne to have them flirting with you in no time.

          http://www.pheroline.com/index.php?refid=10659

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          • #6
            It looks awesome, but Halo 2 is gonna sell more

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            • #7
              pretty cool, the only thing that bugs me about the gta series is the choppy graphics
              dO tHe DrUg DoNt LeT tHe DrUg Do YoU

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              • #8
                Too fucking bad it's not out for PC yet, untill June
                Everybody was born to hustle
                It's a very thin line between a boss and a muscle
                - Xzibit

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                • #9
                  brother is picking it up now

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                  • #10
                    Pc version will be out in Q3 2005
                    ima buy it for ps2 till then
                    "....All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." Hermann Goering, Nazi leader

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                    • #11
                      good.

                      But i fuckiiing hate these cunts who try to pick apart the game 'its so violent, you can shoot cops, its bad for the kids blah blah fuckiin blah' and idiots who steal a car and try to blame it on playing GTA. same ol shiit again and again. so all the slags who will try to capitalise on GTA's success and labelling it as corrupt for society like the bill o'riellys - EAT A DIICK YOU CUUUUUNTS
                      Some minister in a england started making a issue out of GTA 1!! trying to get it banned! slag didnt have anything better to do or help people with his job as a politician but wants to talk about gta. Cuunts. you know that man-hunt game they took of the shelves and the parents were blaming it for the killing of that kid? well a copy of the game was found to belong to the victim not the killer but they just couldnt accept the truth. Haters.

                      Jack mode fool.

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                      • #12
                        Well yea, but movie tickets don't cost $50 so th comparison is pretty pointless, lookin forward to th game tho
                        "Say you rollin on dubs, I'll roll over ya shit in a tank/
                        I'm th greatest rapper since _____, fill in th blank/"

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                        • #13
                          someone whos played the game says you start the game on a bmx and get rushed by some gang members and theres a ramp n everything...lucky git.

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                          • #14
                            its a bit like battlefield ..u have to take over the capture points in the suburbs in your hood

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Dub-G
                              someone whos played the game says you start the game on a bmx and get rushed by some gang members and theres a ramp n everything...lucky git.
                              yeah and L1 is the bunny hop button

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