ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- For many video game players, Christmas came early this year with the new and controversial 'Grand Theft Auto-Five,' which was released at midnight on Tuesday.
It has been 5 years since the last release of a GTA game, a series that has always been controversial.
The newest installment has only been available for just over 24 hours, and it already has people talking. The controversial game has everything from scuba diving to shootouts, and of course, explosions.
But with the heightened violence, comes controversy as to whether such games are okay for kids.
"When you put it into perspective it's less about the games and more how the child perceives everything else that's going on," one local gamer told KTTC Tuesday.
But not all are on board with the game's violence-- even some who are purchasing the game themselves.
"I have a 6 year old and I know I won't allow him to see it at all. There's a lot of inappropriate stuff in this," John Morken said.
So how do young children get ahold of such games? One local woman who was purchasing the game for her son said she had no idea what the game entailed. Meanwhile, others have a different perspective for their children.
"He's 16 years old, he's old enough to deal with that. This is almost unrealistic, I think. The news is almost more scary most of the time," Margaret Ficalora said.
The controversy is sure to continue as retailers say sales of the game have been swift so far. Some sales estimates have been cited as high as 7 million copies-- and that was in presale alone.
Grand theft auto 5 is rated 'M', meaning mature, for players 17-years and older.
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