Here since the beginning, in 97 or 98 my older brother got a copy of GTA 1 from his friend and we installed it on our PC. I wasnt allowed to play it by my parents lol (we got caught actively trying to burn hare krishnas!!) but I would play it whenever I got the chance! Eventually the game wouldnt load anymore without the disc so I had to go without.
When GTA 2 came out I played it in my friends house but wasnt impressed by it at all, it just didnt have that grimey feel of the original. The trailer/movie did but the game was too futuristic for me
This was when I bought my first copy of GTA 1, I remember I got it for £12 and it came in that massive box
Then with GTA III, I remember going into the city centre on Christmas Eve and begging the guy in the shop to sell me the game as he was asking for ID but he actually sold it to me - it was a Christmas miracle! I will never forget the trainride home, reading the instruction manual like a tourists guide getting ready to experience GTA in a 3D environment!