Who doesn't remember playing GTA? Be it 𝘚𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘯𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴 𝘰𝘳 𝘎𝘛𝘈 𝘐𝘝 , we all have been through this game at different points of time in our lives. The name of the series 'Grand Theft Auto' references the name given to motorbike thefts in the United States of America. In this blog, we'll take a broad look at how the GTA series started, who created it, and how it grew over time and gained a cult following throughout the years.
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Grand Theft Auto (GTA) is a series of action-adventure games that was first released in 1997. The game was initially created by David Jones, a Scottish video game programmer, and entrepreneur who co-founded video game developers DMA Design (now 𝗥𝗼𝗰𝗸𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿 𝗡𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵) in 1987, Realtime Worlds in 2002, and Cloudgine in 2012 and Mike Daily who is also a Scottish video game designer, best known for designing Lemmings and the original prototype of Grand Theft Auto, and being one of the four founders of DMA Design (now Rockstar North), alongside David Jones, Russell Kay, and Steve Hammond.
The later titles of Grand Theft Auto have developed under the oversight of brothers Dan and Sam Houser, Leslie Benzies and Aaron Garbut.
It is primarily developed by British development house Rockstar North (formerly DMA Design), and published by its parent company, Rockstar Games.
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Rockstar Games, Inc. is a development division of video game publisher Take-Two Interactive. The Rockstar Games label was founded in 1998 by Sam Houser, Terry Donovan, Dan Houser, Jamie King and Gary Foreman. Donovan has since left the company, to be replaced by former Capcom managing director, Gary Dale. Dale, along with Sam and Dan Houser, the overseers of GTA, is the leader now. The company is headquartered in New York.
As per Wiki, Since 1999, several companies acquired by or established under Take-Two have become part of Rockstar Games, such as Rockstar Canada (later renamed Rockstar Toronto) becoming the first one in 1999, and Rockstar Dundee the most recent in 2020. All companies organized under Rockstar Games bear the "Rockstar" name and logo. In this context, Rockstar Games is sometimes also referred to as Rockstar New York, Rockstar NY or Rockstar NYC. Rockstar Games also sports a motion capture studio in Bethpage, New York.
Rockstar Games does not just produce games, it has a few 𝗺𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘀 too in its achievements, most of which were inspired by the games they produce. The company produced 'GTA 2 - The Movie' and ' The Football Factory' in 1999, 'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - The Introduction', a crime drama movie in 2004. They released a documentary called 'Sunday Driver' in 2005 and 'Red Dead Redemption: The man from Blackwater', a western drama in 2010.
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DMA, the company began designing GTA in 1997 with the release of Grand Theft Auto. As of now, the series has 𝘴𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘴 with a rumor going around about the release of GTA VI. Let us take a look at some of the most famous GTA titles.
- 𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘧𝘵 𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘰 (1997)
It is the first title of the Grand Theft Auto series and was released in November 1997 for MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows, in December 1997 for the PlayStation and in October 1999 for the Game Boy Color. The game's narrative follows a criminal who climbs in status within the criminal underworld across three fictional cities, inspired by real-life locations.
- 𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘧𝘵 𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘰 𝘐𝘐 (1999)
It is the sequel to 1997's Grand Theft Auto and the second main installment of the Grand Theft Auto series. Set within a retro-futuristic metropolis known as "Anywhere City", the game focuses on players taking the role of a criminal as they roam an open world, conducting jobs for various crime syndicates and having free rein to do whatever they wish to achieve their goal.
- 𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘧𝘵 𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘰 𝘐𝘐𝘐 (2001)
It is the third main entry in the Grand Theft Auto series, following 1999's Grand Theft Auto 2, and the fifth installment overall. Set within the fictional Liberty City (loosely based on New York City), the story follows Claude, a silent protagonist who, after being betrayed and left for dead by his girlfriend during a robbery, embarks on a quest for revenge that leads him to become entangled in a world of crime, drugs, gang warfare, and corruption. The game is played from a third-person perspective and its world is navigated on foot or by vehicle.
- 𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘧𝘵: 𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘰 𝘝𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘺 (2002)
It is a 2002 action-adventure game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It is the fourth main entry in the Grand Theft Auto series, following 2001's Grand Theft Auto III, and the sixth installment overall. Set in 1986 within the fictional Vice City (based on Miami and Miami Beach), the single-player story follows mobster Tommy Vercetti's rise to power after being released from prison and becoming caught up in an ambushed drug deal.
- 𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘧𝘵 𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘰: 𝘚𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘯𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴 (2004)
It is the fifth main entry in the Grand Theft Auto series, following 2002's Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and the seventh installment overall. The game is set within an open world environment that players can explore and interact with at their leisure. The story follows former gangster Carl "CJ" Johnson, who returns home following his mother's murder and is drawn back into his former gang and a life of crime while clashing with corrupt authorities and powerful criminals.
- 𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘧𝘵 𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘰 𝘝 (2013)
Set within the fictional state of San Andreas, based in Southern California, the single-player story follows three protagonists—retired bank robber Michael De Santa, street gangster Franklin Clinton, and drug dealer and gunrunner Trevor Philips—and their attempts to commit heists while under pressure from a corrupt government agency and powerful criminals.
These are some of the most famous titles released by Rockstar Games under the banner of Grand Theft Auto. GTA has been a part of every 90s and 20s kids' life. We cannot deny the fact that we were almost addicted to these games. With such interesting background plots that almost felt like a movie, the cool graphics on the PC screen and the adrenaline rush when we pressed those keys on the keyboard to reach our goal cannot be compared to anything. Let us know in the comment section below your first GTA game and do you still wish to be that child who would be stuck to his PC screen playing this game in the early 2000s. Comment below!
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