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Timeline: A Brief History of Grand Theft Auto

The release of Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V, which raises the art of homicidal thuggery to dizzying new heights, comes 16 years after GTA was first unleashed, leaving a trail of burnt rubber, broken bodies, and lawsuits in its wake. A send-up of America's sex-and-blood-soaked underbelly, the multi-billion-dollar video-game franchise has influenced popular culture in ways that we never could have expected. Here, a high-speed trip down memory lane.

Sunday, September 01, 2013
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1999:
GTA 2 hits stands. "Kill Frenzy" missions are added, which reward gamers for slaying bystanders with various weapons (Uzis, Molotov cocktails, rocket launchers).

Slide 1: EpicDome.com; Slide 2: GTA Wiki; Slide 3: GTA Wiki: Slide 4: Getty Images; Slide 5: Everett Collection; Slide 6: Eurogamer.net; Slide 7: Rockstar Games; Slide 8: Rockstar Games; Slide 9: WikiMedia Commons; Slide 10: Rockstar Games.
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