I agree with all of you saying minors should not be playing GTA V. But what I want to bring up is the term "minors" is used pretty loosely. I know it's the whole 17 and under thing, but I think that a 16 or 17 year old playing this is not the same thing as a 12 year old, or a 9 in the case of the Ryan kid, but I think we all know that and acknowledge it.
Before I get any further, let me just say that I am a minor, I am currently 16 years old turning 17 in 3 or 4 months.
Anyway, I do agree that younger kids should not be playing GTA games. I got into the GTA scene at an extremely young age, back when I was 7 or 8 playing GTA:SA at a friends house. My parents had no idea, and it was not a game allowed at my house.
Skip to GTA:V. 16 right now, and to me it doesn't affect much. Seeing all the gun violence and sexual references, you see it anywhere else honestly. School, news, around the town, etc. That does not, however, mean that I would react the same if I were in my early teens. I've done some bad things in my life that I do regret to this day, mainly because of the effect of the gta series on me in a younger age. I can't blame it all on that, but there are a good amount of items that I can say were because of the series.
What I am getting to is younger kids, keep them as far away from GTA as possible. Their friends will probably play it, make sure the kids don't play with them.
Slightly older teens 15 or 16+, I say if they are in a mature enough position, let them go and have some fun. By the way, this is not in any way a post of me telling you how to raise your kids. If you want them to play it, let them. If you don't, don't let them. If they can't until they're 18, that works too. They're your kids, do what you feel is right. This is just me saying how yes, the GTA series is horrible for young children, but later on when the kids begin to mature, maybe let them get a shot at it.
Ok sorry, on topic.. sheesh, I've been writing meaningless stuff all night
The banner has been there forever. R* can do some map additions, most likely not till next gen, but they can! They've said before they want to expand the map, let's see how creative they are in these next few years!