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Grand Theft Auto: Looking Back...March


~Tiger~

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Ten Years Ago: March 2007

GTA IV Announced!

On Thursday March 29th, 2007 at 22:00 UTC the world was treated to the first ever pulse-pounding trailer for Grand Theft Auto IV. The trailer was entitled Things Will Be Different and GTA fans watched in stunned silence as the astounding New World of Liberty City was revealed and we saw the first teasing glimpse of Niko and the richly detailed city.

The footage is actually console generated and shows the incredible depth of graphics driven by Rockstar's revolutionary RAGE game engine, and the music by Phillip Glass made the viewers yearn for the moment when gameplay could begin.

Many completely forgot to breathe during that astonishing one minute and two seconds and within moments, Rockstar's website servers crashed under the weight of global demand.

So here it is again. The first ever glimpse of Liberty City HD. The first ever trailer of GTA IV....


Eight Years Ago: March 2009

GTA Chinatown Wars Released!

Following the resounding Success of GTA IV, on March 17th 2009 Rockstar Leeds released a GTA game that set a whole new direction. Developed specifically for hand held gameplay (initially the Nintendo DS) GTA Chinatown Wars received mostly positive reviews and went on to be released on other hand held devices.

"LEFT FOR DEAD IN THE WORST PLACE IN AMERICA"

"Following his father's murder, Huang Lee has a simple mission: deliver an ancient sword to his Uncle Kenny to ensure his family retains control of the Triad gangs of Liberty City. Huang is a spoiled rich kid who expects everything to run smoothly, but his trip does not go exactly as planned. After being robbed and left to die, he will search for honor, riches and revenge in the most dangerous and morally bankrupt city in the world."

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Two Years Ago: March 2015

GTA Online Heists Released!


After a seemingly endless wait and after teaser trailers featuring action packed exploits masterminded by Lester Crest, on March 10th 2015 GTA Online released five multiplayer heist missions: The Fleeca Job,
The Prison Break, The Humane Labs Raid, Series-A Funding and The Pacific Standard Job. Each heist requires teamwork, skill and timing to complete and for dedicated crews the "Criminal Mastermind" challenge offers a massive cash payout.


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The leap in graphics, the relatively new Xbox 360 was amazing for IV, the lighting, the shade and that brown tinted water. Also, as a fan of Koyanisqatsi, it was a great surprise to see Rockstar style their trailer after the film and even have Phillip Glass on the radio. I can't believe it's 10 years, where did they go?

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March 29th, 2007 at 22:00 UTC the world was treated to the first ever pulse-pounding trailer for Grand Theft Auto IV.

 

 

You now remember the poor hamsters on GTAForums that day...

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Also in March 2007, the GTA fanbase learned the name Jack Thompson, a Florida lawyer who went after Rockstar and campaigned against their products, citing GTA as a "murder simulator" and he took extensive actions to prevent the release of GTAIV. He also went after them for Bully and GTAIII.

Rockstar filed suit against Thompson, and both parties settled out of court, but Thompson continued his mission to badmouth the company and vilify GTA.

Upon the release of the game trailer for GTAIV, political leaders of New York were outraged that their city was the location of the game, citing the violence against police officers in the game was appalling and unsupportable. Those leaders were then criticized as hypocrites for allowing movies, tv, and books to use the city as a backdrop for their violence.

It's no wonder the game and the company have grown exponentially in popularity. People like Jack Thompson don't realize that the more you demonize a form of entertainment, the more the masses are going to be drawn to and consume it.

Of course, upon release of GTAV in 2013, Thompson resurfaced with a campaign against Rockstar & GTAV, reigniting the controversy around video game violence.

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That trailer was a great starting point of a spiritual journey that GTA IV was and still is. It's still one of the best representations or introductions of any video game. It doesn't show much but at the same time it makes you want to know more about the gameworld and the protagonist. Minimalism at its best.

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I can't believe it was 10 years ago already. A whole decade. Think of all the players that have aged and changed since that time? We thought the 3D era was a feat in gaming, and then R* unveiled Liberty City in HD. You'll never forget that first trailer feeling for any game.

 

Hope to see more nostalgia topics in the near future! :^:

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I fondly remember F5ing the page while looking at the countdown via a link here in GTAForums, and then the Rockstar site completely crashing. Even the crashes were part of the experience. That first trailer was one of the best things I'd seen, and I remember showing it to so many people, lol.

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Damn! 10 years! Time goes by so fast... For sure, things have been different after this trailer.

 

I remember that moment too; Rockstar website crashed but, after some time, the trailer was finally viewable... but only frame-by-frame, due to the lot of people on it again. It was also at this time that Rickrolling became famous.

 

What a decade!

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Also in March 2007, the GTA fanbase learned the name Jack Thompson, a Florida lawyer who went after Rockstar and campaigned against their products, citing GTA as a "murder simulator" and he took extensive actions to prevent the release of GTAIV. He also went after them for Bully and GTAIII.

 

Rockstar filed suit against Thompson, and both parties settled out of court, but Thompson continued his mission to badmouth the company and vilify GTA.

 

Upon the release of the game trailer for GTAIV, political leaders of New York were outraged that their city was the location of the game, citing the violence against police officers in the game was appalling and unsupportable. Those leaders were then criticized as hypocrites for allowing movies, tv, and books to use the city as a backdrop for their violence.

 

It's no wonder the game and the company have grown exponentially in popularity. People like Jack Thompson don't realize that the more you demonize a form of entertainment, the more the masses are going to be drawn to and consume it.

 

Of course, upon release of GTAV in 2013, Thompson resurfaced with a campaign against Rockstar & GTAV, reigniting the controversy around video game violence.

 

 

 

Huffington Post, of course..

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Damn! 10 years! Time goes by so fast... For sure, things have been different after this trailer.

 

I remember that moment too; Rockstar website crashed but, after some time, the trailer was finally viewable... but only frame-by-frame, due to the lot of people on it again. It was also at this time that Rickrolling became famous.

 

What a decade!

Rockstar has made good by improving it's anti-crash server and the San Andreas Multiplayer

2017 remastered would be a legendary.

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