(AFP) – Apr 29, 2008
LONDON (AFP) — British police were Tuesday hunting the attacker of a man stabbed as he walked by shoppers queuing to buy the latest edition of the notoriously violent computer game "Grand Theft Auto IV."
Around 100 people waiting for the game to go on sale at midnight Monday saw a hooded man jump out of the queue outside a shop in Croydon, south London, and repeatedly stab the 23-year-old passer-by, police said.
The victim required treatment to several stab wounds but later left hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.
"Grand Theft Auto IV" is expected to become the biggest-selling entertainment title of all time.
It is anticipated it will sell six million copies within the first week of its release, smashing the record held by another video game, "Halo 3."
The "Grand Theft Auto" series, which has already sold 70 million copies, has come under fire for its depiction of casual violence, drug dealing and prostitution.
The latest edition follows an eastern European criminal operating in the United States.
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