The launch of the most anticipated video game of the year was expected to cause some students to arrive at school bleary-eyed on Tuesday.
Shops across Britain held midnight openings to launch Grand Theft Auto IV, promising to turn away purchasers if they did not have identification proving they were old enough to buy the 18-certificate game. But this was not expected to stop younger gamers persuading parents and older siblings to buy it on their behalf.
Primary teachers have complained that children as young as seven were being allowed to play games from the controversial series by their parents. But some school staff have been less critical. One primary teacher wrote on The TES online staffroom that he wished the NUT strike had been held this Wednesday, rather than Thursday last week, as it would have been a better day to have off work. The reason? "It is the day after Grand Theft Auto IV is released."