It’s hardly a surprise that Red Dead Redemption 2 is a successful game, but let’s just quantify that by noting that the game is now publisher Take-Two’s best opening weekend of all time at $725 million. It doesn’t top out Grand Theft Auto V’s first three opening days, but since RDR2 was released on a Friday, different terminology can be used. This shouldn’t be surprising, since a whole lot of people worked very hard to make the game successful… and one of them may have slipped in a subtle message about crunch in the process.
The gun catalogue wherein you can buy revolvers includes a line about people working “tireless hours each week and on the weekends for little pay,” while the gun itself is supposedly manufactured in Worcester, MA. That’s not far from Andover, the home of one of Rockstar’s subsidiary offices. It could just be a throwaway bit of fluff for an old-timey advertisement, or it could be a genuine message about crunch time; either way, a lot of people will see it.