If you look at the success of Western society the past two centuries, over most of the rest of the world, one of the key components, the building blocks of that success, is property rights of the individual protected by law. I believe the phrase in Americanish goes something like, “possession is 9/10ths of the law.” You have an entire Amendment in the US Constitution almost entirely dedicated to the subject, so on and so forth. You can see the importance of those rights in a recent TED Talk given by historian, Niall Ferguson (see embedded video), as he candidly discusses the decline of Western civilization and the ending of the Great Divergence.
The very first trailer (embedded after the break) for Grand Theft Auto V released today at noon, Eastern . . . about three hours ago. If all goes according to the series’ established schedule, then there will be a total of three more trailers (two story trailers, and one box art unveiling) before release, and we’ll be playing this masterpiece in six months (sometime in May 2012) . . . at least on console, but the video looks like it was taken from PC; there are a lot of effects there, that consoles do not handle very well. So possibly we’ll see GTAV on PC as well next spring, and not have to wait until next October/November to see it. We’ll see. And while May 2nd looks like a tentative date, if you want to place the release date exactly six months from today (and the 2nd of May, does fall on a Tuesday), if recent tradition at Rockstar is to be trusted, then it very well could be May 15, or May 22 (both also on a Tuesday). Either date, if you are a GTA fan, you are going to be playing this game in six months, so start saving your pre-order pennies now. (more…)