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.
In Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony, the player protects the titular owner of a posh nightclub. Tony is flawed, but he's no caricature, giving socially conscious gamers cause to laud the least politically correct game ever.