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

2008:
GTA IV makes $500 million internationally in its first week and features Karl Lagerfeld DJ'ing at the game's disco station. "I prefer to be in a video [game] than to play with it," he says.

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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