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Original design doc for first Grand Theft Auto game emerges

Back in 1995, the the old days when dinosaurs ruled the Earth (at least we think so; we are bad about time periods), a game development studio called DMA Design created a design document for a proposed game called Race'n'Chase. While most of you may have never heard of the game before you may have heard of what the proposal turned into; the first Grand Theft Auto game.

Now one of the original designers of that game, Mike Dailly, has posted up the original design document for that title on his Flickr page. The first design was for a multiplayer car game but there are certainly elements that showed up in the final Grand Theft Auto title which was released for the PC back in October 1997. That included the idea of stealing cars that might attract the attention of the police.

[Via Gamasutra]

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas subject of new lawsuit

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas continues to generate news and controversy years after its 2004 release. The open world action game from Rockstar Games got slammed after someone used a hack to find the hidden "Hot Coffee" sex mini-game in the PC version in 2005. The discovery caused the ESRB to change the rating of the game from M to AO (Adults Only) which then caused Rockstar to pull the game and re-released it with the mini-game removed.

Now IGN reports that Rockstar and its parent company Take Two Interactive has been hit with a lawsuit filed on Monday by Cypress Hill backup singer Michael "Shagg" Washington. Washington claims that he met with Rockstar in 2003 and told the publisher aspects of his own life. He now claims that the game's character Carl "CJ" Johnson is based on those discussions and is suing the parties for "fraud, misappropriation of likeness and infringement" He wants 25 percent of the game's profits, reportedly worth $250 million, as compensation. If you are wondering why it took Washington so long to file a lawsuit, he claims that he didn't even know the game existed until earlier this year when his nephew told him about it. Take Two has already stated that it believes Washington's lawsuit is "completely without merit and will vigorously defend itself in the matter."

Grand Theft Auto III game trilogy finally shows up for Mac users

While Mac gamers have seen their prospects improve somewhat in 2010, the fact is that getting a native Mac port of a game previously released for other platforms can still take years to happen Case in point it the news today that over nine years after Grand Theft Auto III was first released the open world action-game is finally making its native Mac debut, along with its two immediate follow ups Grand Theft Auto Vice City and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas.

All three games, which were ported by TransGaming using its Cider technology, are now available to purchase and download at GameTreeMac.com exclusively for the next 30 days with all three games costing $14.99 each.

Report: GTA: Episodes From Liberty City threatened by Brazil-based court order

A dispute over the use of a song featured in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City has apparently resulted in a court order from Brazil that threatens to pull all copies, both physical and digital, of the recent open world expansion pack. Kotaku reports that one of the songs featured in the game, Conga Kid, is at the center of the issue for the Rockstar Games' title.

According to the report the court ruled that the song used an unauthorized sample from another tune, Bota o Dedinho pro Alto, in The Ballad Of Gay Tony episode of the game. The court reportedly ruled that Rockstar Games must remove all copies from the game worldwide because of this seemingly minor issue and will fine the publisher $3,000 per day until it does as the court orders. When contacted Rockstar Games claims it has yet to receive any official notice from the court on this issue.

Boot Disk: Grand Theft Auto 3


Sometimes you just need to sit down, slide a floppy into your A: drive, and enjoy gaming retro style. We know this all too well! That's why we have a list of the best and brightest from days long gone. These are some of our favorite games of all time, and we're sure that you'll love them as much as we do, if not more. Welcome to Boot Disk, and enjoy the retro ride!

While we personally enjoy the second game in the Grand Theft Auto series, it's not the game that most people think of when they consider Grand Theft Auto. Despite our love of arcade games and mass destruction, the top-down viewpoint of Grand Theft Auto 2 just isn't for most people. Rather, when Grand Theft Auto comes up, one game in particular stands out among the rest. Grand Theft Auto 3 was a revolution in the mainstream, combining sandbox gameplay with a detailed criminal narrative that engaged players greatly. It's been the template for every Grand Theft Auto game since, and even if we aren't as fond of it as we are its predecessors, it's still an undying classic worth being revisited on a regular basis.

GTA: Vice City on sale via Steam for $2.50 until 5 pm ET

Earlier this week Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was one of the games in a Steam flash sale. If you missed it you still have a chance to get this true game classic for a super low price. From now until 5 pm Eastern time (2 pm Pacific time) you can purchase and download this title from Rockstar Games for the price of just $2.50.

It's our personal favorite of all the GTA games developer Rockstar North has made. It's got tons of stuff to do but more importantly it has that hip 1980's look and feel that can't be beat. It also helps that it has the best voice actor cast in the series as well.

GTA: San Andreas on sale via Steam for $4.99 until 1 am ET

If you missed the flash sale on Steam for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas earlier this week, you got another chance to get the open world action game on the cheap. From now until 1 am Eastern time tonight (that's 10 pm Pacific time) you can get the Rockstar North developed game for just $4.99, a 75 percent savings from its normal Steam price.

Once again we will remind our readers that these flash sales can happen at any time from now until Monday. You still have the option of getting all 13 Rockstar Games titles on Steam for just $42.49 until mid-day Monday.

GTA: Episodes from Liberty City PC now available in two formats

As promised, Rockstar Games has now released the PC port of Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City. The port of the Xbox 360 open world action game comes in two versions. One is a stand alone game that you can purchase in retail stores as well as via download from outlets like Steam and Direct2Drive for $29.95

If you own the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV already you can use the Games For Windows Live client and download the two "episodes" (The Lost and the Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony) as separate expansion packs. Each episode cost 1200 Microsoft points (about $15).

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories for PC delayed until April 13

Folks who were looking to play Rockstar Games' PC port of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories on March 30 are going to have to wait a little longer. Rockstar announced late today that the retail expansion to their open world action game Grand Theft Auto IV has been delayed two weeks due to a request by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe to edit some of the game's content (it's also coming out for the PS3). The game will now be available in retail stores and via download on April 13.

We know what you are thinking: "Why is the PC port being delayed for something that should only affect PS3 players in Europe?" Rockstar states it was in the interest of fairness that both the PC and PS3 versions be delayed, saying, "This was a tough decision but with a simultaneous release, everyone can experience multiplayer simultaneously, take part in online events together, be on level ground on leaderboards, etc."

[Via Joystiq]

Grand Theft Auto IV expansions finally due for PC on March 30

Announced for some unknown reason at midnight this morning (to the bane of gaming journalists everywhere) Rockstar Games has now confirmed what was rumored some months ago. They will be releasing the two expansions for Grand Theft Auto IV for the PC on March 30.

Previously released for the Xbox 360 version of the open world action game, the PC port will soon have access to both The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony. Both episodes will be made available via download for folks who already own the PC version GTA IV. If you don't you can still play both expansions via a stand alone disk version that ships to retail stores with the title Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City. Just in case you aren't familiar with the expansions, The Lost and Damned deals with a biker gang in Liberty City while The Ballad of Gay Tony has the player dealing with the city's rather colorful night life.
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