Yankton has a place in the new game “Grand Theft Auto V,” which has had sales in excess of $1 billion within days.
Well, technically it’s “North Yankton.”
And it’s not really based on the Yankton we know, per se, but certainly evokes thoughts of the actual place with the snowy rural landscape.
I came across this fact thanks to the sleuthing of some of my colleagues.
Funnily enough, I own the game, but haven’t had a chance to play it yet.
Considering that the game has been criticized (as have past editions) of glorifying violence and drugs, as well as demeaning women, the appearance of Yankton’s name in this cultural phenomenon may not necessarily be something to celebrate.
North Yankton is a state featured in Grand Theft Auto V’s prologue and Bury the Hatchet missions. The state is based on North Dakota. Very little is known about the state, but the small town of Ludendorff is located there. In GTA V, Ludendorff is covered in snow.
If you take a look at the storyline in the clip below, I can already imagine the promotional taglines Yankton could start based on the game:
“Come back to Yankton: It’s where the bodies are buried.”
“Dig up some history in Yankton.”
“Don’t believe your friends: Yankton is not a waste of time.”
“Come have a shoot out in Yankton!”
“Come to Yankton — if you’ve got the guts!”
“Your boyfriend is waiting for you in Yankton!”
“Don’t make a mistake — come back to Yankton.”
“Why do it where the weather is better, when you can do it in Yankton?”
“Yankton — where the trains are always on time.”
“Your friends are looking for you in Yankton!”
I’m sure you want me to go on, but I’ll spare you.
If you’d like to see how North Yankton is portrayed in “Grand Theft Auto V” and where the inspiration for the taglines come from, check out the clip below. I should warn you, it contains vulgar language and violence.