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Grand Theft Auto V sets record, tops $1 billion in sales

"Grand Theft Auto V" bashed for violence, cruelty to women 03:01

The company behind Grand Theft Auto V says the game reached $1 billion in worldwide sales on Friday, after just three days on the market.

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., says GTA-V reached that milestone faster than any other video game or blockbuster movie in history.

"We are incredibly proud of the extraordinary critical and commercial response to Grand Theft Auto V," CEO Strauss Zelnick said in a press release.

The game racked up record-breaking sales despite criticism of its relentless violence.

Video game critic and New York Times contributor Chris Suellentrop told "CBS This Morning," part of the reason the game is so popular is "because of the transgressive thrill of playing as a criminal."

"I think the treatment of women in the game is the most problematic aspect of it," he added.

Nevertheless, he had praise for the complex virtual world created by GTA-V and the fun of playing it. "This is a really excellent game," he told CBS News.

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