You have just two short months before Grand Theft Auto V comes out and it’s promising to be the best, most enjoyable in the series to date. If you’re not hyped up about this, then there’s probably something mentally wrong with you.
There’s already been three GTA V trailers and we’ve been introduced to the three main characters; Michael, Franklin, and Trevor, the white-trash lunatic who I can't wait to play. Some screenshots and a gameplay video have only added to your obscene amount of excitement, I’m sure. If you haven't already watched the official gameplay trailer, it's well-worth your time:
So while we pass the time before that highly anticipated day arrives, let’s break down 9 facts about GTA V and the GTA franchise that will blow your mind:
9. The Franchise has lawsuits totaling over $1 billion.
GTA just can’t seem to avoid controversy. The franchise is basically the delinquent child of video games who can’t stay out of jail. Trouble and GTA go together like peanut butter and jelly and usually they use it to encourage their franchise. Rockstar’s legal troubles are well-documented, especially the one filed by disgraced Florida attorney Jack Thompson, who once referred to GTA as a “cop-killing simulator.” He filed a lawsuit against Rockstar for $246 million. Rockstar has a laundry list of lawsuits filed against them, with little to none that they actually have to pay out, but in all they total $1 billion. We'll see what happens with GTA V.
8. GTA V’s map size is twice the size of real-life Manhattan.
Rockstar recently stated that the map size of the upcoming GTA V is going to be greater than that of Red Dead Redemption, GTA IV, and GTA: San Andreas combined. New York’s Manhattan is only 23 square miles, while the GTA map sizes are respectively 28, 6.8 and 13.9 square miles. GTA IV had a pretty small map, so get ready for a massive one coming soon.
7. GTA exists because of a glitch in a different game.
You can thank Race ‘N Chase and a happy little accident while developing it that brought us to what we all know and love as GTA. The idea of the game Race ‘N Chase was similar to GTA; you were playing was cops and robbers, either performing the robberies or preventing them. If you played as a robber, the glitch that started everything caused the police cars to try to run you off the road instead of bust you. Testers loved the idea, reworked the model to better suit the dynamic. Voilà and GTA was born.
6. Rockstar allegedly paid for GTA to have negative press.
Rockstar was formerly DMA Design and at one time they enlisted PR guru Max Clifford. Clifford basically planted stories in big newspapers knowing it would spark a moral outrage. Though co-creator David Jones claims they never purposely tried to make the games controversial, he did say they did everything from the perspective of what would be the most fun and that just kept taking them down a dark path. Well kids, that might work for video games, but definitely don’t take as a life lesson.
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