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Grand Theft Hype: Diehard Communities Are Derailing Excitement For GTA V

Posted on Thursday, August 8 @ 14:25:00 PST by


In the pantheon of video gaming, none are more motivated to evangelize and motivate other consumers to buy than members of diehard gaming communities. Fan sites like GTAForums or the GTA V subreddit have been going over screenshots, trailers, previews, and more with magnifying glasses. Any little detail has been picked apart by the most rabid, dedicated, and obsessed fans, which will prove to be a problem come September 17th, Grand Theft Auto V's release date.

On the official Rockstar Games Newswire, commenters beg for the next gameplay trailer, even on posts that make no mention of the impending Multiplayer video. The developer's most recent post containing new media (The Fast Life screenshots, if you're interested), has over 20,000 comments, with several new comments every minute!

Each thread multiplies with new replies:

  • One comment today proclaims that a Swedish website who recently interviewed Rockstar Games can confirm that the next trailer would debut this week. This is the games jurnalizm equivalent of "my brother's friend's cousin found Big Foot in San Andreas."
  • Another commenter asks "Is *R pending the comments I post 3 comments it not showing up". Please leave some internet stupidity for the rest of us.
  • One says "hopefully Rockstar Games add Monster Truck". Sure, OK that'd be nice.
  • Another states "Tomorrow it will make 1 month that the gameplay trailer was released and it would be a perfect time to them release the online information." Redditors certainly put their anxiety and excitement into more legible sentences, but the Overhype Effect is in full force there too.


Redditor cepxico theorizes that Michael's therapist actually handles all three protagonists in Grand Theft Auto V, and that enables the player to rotate between Michael, Trevor, and Franklin, as if we all won't need a therapist ourselves by the end of this exercise in unbridled desire. Sure this is an interesting take, but will it really matter once you're actually playing the game? Multiple redditors reported new massive-scale advertisements taking shape on the Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles and another in New York City. Others have reposted screen captures of claims made around the internet of (again, not the game itself) but when the next trailer will arrive.

Further, fans have turned to guessing at specific mission parameters to construct an assumption based on screenshots. Redditor selftitleddebutalbum lined up three images to guess at an airplane heist. It's no surprise that others in the GTA V subreddit and around the internet have joined together to ask everyone to calm down.

When white-knuckled excitement gets too hot, it's time for everyone in gaming to go outside and do something completely different. No good can come from speculating so hard it hurts. Eventually, when you sit down with the game and get ready to enjoy what you've been hurtling towards head first, you'll find nothing but disappointment in the way your brain splatter painted the wall. Features you wanted, gameplay mechanics you imagined will be nothing but virtual hamster wheels. At some point, you have to get off the ride.

Instead of strangling the life out of Grand Theft Auto V with your needlessly excessive yearning, read a book, play a different game (not a Grand Theft Auto), or meet up with your real cousin to go real bowling. Believe it or not, that's what cell phones are normally used for, not spawning helicopters in the middle of Times Square. It's been a long time and the game is almost here, but what you get out of it is entirely up to you. It just feels like none of the energy and elation will be left when it's time to play if it's all wasted on a trailer.

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