This week in gaming


So much more than stealing cars


“Grand Theft Auto V” was released in the United States on Tuesday. According to publisher Take-Two, the game made $800 million dollars within 24 hours of it’s release, as reported by Yahoo! Finance. That is the most money any “Grand Theft Auto” game has ever made at launch.



Don’t install that disc


Rockstar, developers of “Grand Theft Auto V,” released a statement this week warning players of the game on Xbox 360 not to install disc one of the two-disc set. They claim that doing so will cause severe graphics-related issues with the game including frequent pop-ins and lower graphical quality in certain areas.

A lengthy comparison of the game running with and without disc one installed can be found over at Eurogamer.

Former Nintendo president dies at 85


Hiroshi Yamauchi, who led the company responsible for games such as “Super Mario Bros.,” “The Legend of Zelda,” and “Metroid” died of pneumonia Thursday in a hosiptal in central Japan.

Read more about him and his career in this post from earlier this week.


The end of the Auction House


Blizzard will shut down the auction house in “Diablo 3” on March 18, 2014.

The developers stated in a post on their official blog this week that the ability of players to trade rare loot with one another undermines the goal of the game, which is to earn such rare items through gameplay.

No details were given on exactly how the Auction House would be shut down. More details will follow in the coming months, according to the post.



Destruction! Explosions! Multiplayer!




A full-length trailer for the multiplayer mode in the upcoming “Battlefield 4” was released on YouTube this week. It offers glimpses of highly-destructible buildings and terrain, multiplayer maps that change based on players’ actions, vehicular combat and more.