Grand Theft Auto

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Grand Theft Auto Fans Spoof Critics, Go After Bible

Gamers in Australia start petition after retailers ban 'GTA V'

(Newser) - Some big retailers in Australia aren't stocking Grand Theft Auto V on the grounds that it's misogynistic and sends a bad message to kids. As a result, gamers have started a petition of their own to stop sales of the Bible—on the grounds that it's misogynistic... More »

ISIS Tries Recruiting With Grand Theft Auto

Sunni militant group uses video game to attract young members

(Newser) - A new ISIS recruitment video mixes music and message with clips from an unexpected source: a modified version of the video game Grand Theft Auto, reports Forbes . The video shows GTA clips of a man shooting up army vehicles and riddling a police officer with bullets, while the text tells... More »

Lindsay Lohan Suing ... Over Grand Theft Auto

Says character was based on her without her permission

(Newser) - Lacey Jonas looks like Lindsay Lohan. She has a clothing line like Lindsay Lohan's. She dresses and accessorizes like Lindsay Lohan. She hangs out at the Chateau Marmont like Lindsay Lohan. Who is she? A character in Grand Theft Auto V, which is why Lohan is now suing the... More »

Grand Theft Auto Out for iPhone

Chinatown Wars is getting good reviews from early users

(Newser) - Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has been released for the iPhone, for those who want to indulge in a little Liberty City mayhem in between emails. The game is a direct port of the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP versions and costs $9.99, a little pricey for an iPhone... More »

Mom Calls Cops on Grand Theft Auto-Addled Teen

Boston police talk boy into shutting off PlayStation

(Newser) - A Boston teen's excessive video game playing caused his mom to call 911 this weekend. Angela Mejia awoke at 2:30am to find her son still playing Grand Theft Auto IV, so she unplugged his PlayStation. "I want to help my son, but I can’t find a way,... More »

Hidden Sex Scenes Cost Grand Theft Auto $20M

Take-Two settles suit over x-rated 'Hot Coffee' uproar

(Newser) - The makers of Grand Theft Auto are shelling out $20 million to settle a lawsuit over hidden sex scenes in a version of the popular video game, reports Gawker. The suit by investors claims Take-Two Interactive Software officials knew about the x-rated "Hot Coffee" minigame inserted by programmers before... More »

Rendition: Gitmo Joins Shunned Video Games

Many games have been met with outrage

(Newser) - A storm of bad publicity about Rendition: Guantanamo—a video game about falsely-accused Gitmo detainees trying to escape—forced the game makers to can it this week. It's far from the only game to test the boundaries, ABC reports:
  • Atomic Games dumped development of Six Days in Fallujah amid protests
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Outlaw Tagger Goes Corporate

(Newser) - With clients like Universal Studios, and Nike, Mister Cartoon still has street cred. In fact, that’s what makes the 39-year-old graffiti artist, tattoo artist, fashion designer, and car customizer such a sought-after corporate image maker, the Los Angeles Times reports. Cartoon’s designs—which mix Chicano gang culture and... More »

GTA IV Rides Again in Lost and the Damned

Download-only add-on episode revs new life into franchise's fourth outing

(Newser) - Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and the Damned brings gamers back to a Liberty City as gritty and darkly funny as ever, Seth Schiesel writes in the New York Times. The add-on episode, only available as a download through the Xbox Live service, swiftly ditches GTA IV's protagonist... More »

Boy, 6, Drives Mom's Car to School

Learned to drive playing Grand Theft Auto

(Newser) - A Virginia first-grader missed his school bus but was determined to get to school on time—so he climbed into his mom's Ford Taurus and drove for 10 miles, reports the Washington Post. The mini-Mario Andretti wove through highway traffic at up to 60 mph before slamming into a utility... More »

Distributor Pulls Grand Theft After Murder

Thai teen admits slaying cabbie while re-enacting video game

(Newser) - A video-game distributor is pulling Grand Theft Auto IV from shelves in Thailand after a teenager robbed and murdered a cab driver while attempting to re-create his experiences in the game, Reuters reports. The 18-year-old, currently in custody, has shown no signs of mental illness. He faces death by lethal... More »

Grand Theft Auto Sex Scenes Fail to Excite

Lawsuit over hidden footage gets few takers

(Newser) - Moral outrage that sparked a class action lawsuit over the hidden sex scenes in the wildly popular Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has failed to translate into complaints, the New York Times reports. Despite the millions of copies of the game sold to date, only 2,676 offended owners have... More »

Crime Pays for Grand Theft Auto Maker

Game blows away sales records, jacks up profit forecasts

(Newser) - Profit forecasts have shot through the roof at Take-Two Interactive Software, thanks to the runaway success of Grand Theft Auto IV, reports MarketWatch. The company is boasting a $100 million second-quarter profit, up from a $50 million loss for the same period last year—even though the blockbuster game was... More »

New Grand Theft May Shatter Sales Records Today

Controversial game could change math in EA takeover bid

(Newser) - Everyone’s favorite controversy magnet is coming back to consoles—and it’s going to make a lot of money. Grand Theft Auto IV went on sale today, and it’s expected to shatter sales records, the Wall Street Journal reports. One analyst predicts $400 million in its first week.... More »

Grand Theft Auto Pushes Buttons

Parents, legislators fight to limit sales

(Newser) - Ahead of Tuesday’s release of the latest game in the hugely popular Grand Theft Auto series, the violent games—and others like them—face widespread controversy, USA Today reports. Chicago is pulling ads from buses and parents’ groups are urging retailers not to sell to kids; meanwhile, legal action... More »

EA Maneuvers to Nab 'Grand Theft Auto'

Video game giant pushing $2B hostile bid for rival Take-Two

(Newser) - Video game kingpin Electronic Arts disclosed yesterday a $2 billion hostile takeover bid to acquire rival Take-Two Interactive Software, and capture the popular “Grand Theft Auto” franchise. EA, publisher of Madden NFL titles, said the $26-a-share offer represented a 50% premium over Take-Two’s closing price on Friday, but... More »

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