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  • 1960s

    • 1960s: In the GTA 1 Era there is the original game, and the subsequent two expansion packs featuring missions in 1960's London. - Grand Theft Auto, Gta_wikia.
    • 1961: Although the concept of eras was not formally implemented until Grand Theft Auto III, it can be inferred that Grand Theft Auto: London, 1961, the second of the expansion packs, is the last game of the first Grand Theft Auto era canon. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
    • 1961: Grand Theft Auto (Mission Pack #2): London 1961 (1999), a further expansion to London 1969, available only as a free download for the PC. - Grand Theft Auto, Gta_wikia.
    • 1969: Grand Theft Auto · London 1969 · London 1961 · Grand Theft Auto 2 - Grand Theft Auto, Strategywiki.
    • 1969: Subsequently, two expansion packs were offered, both under the name of Grand Theft Auto: London 1969. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
    • 1969: Grand Theft Auto (Mission Pack #1): London 1969 (1999), an expansion pack, available for the PlayStation and PC, set in London. - Grand Theft Auto, Gta_wikia.
  • 1980s

    • 1980s: The game's plot focuses on the cocaine trade during the 1980s. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
    • 1984: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories Set in: 1984 - Released in: 2006 - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
    • 1986: This game was set in 1986 in Vice City, which was based on Miami, Florida. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
    • 1986: This sequel to GTA III is technically a prequel (set in 1986) to the game, and to GTA San Andreas, which was released after GTA Vice City. - Grand Theft Auto, Gta_wikia.
    • 1986: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Set in: 1986 - Released in: 2002 - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
    • 1986: Circa 1986, there are two weapon stores in the mall, one for firearms and the other for melee weapons. - North Point Mall, Gta_wikia.
  • 1990s

  • 2000s


    • 2000


    • 2001


    • 2002

      • 2002: After the success of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was released in 2002. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • 2002: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002), set in Vice City, a city based on real life Miami. - Grand Theft Auto, Gta_wikia.
      • 2002: It was founded in early 2002 by David Jones (formerly of DMA Design) who developed the popular franchises Grand Theft Auto (GTA) and Lemmings. - Realtime Worlds, Wikipedia.

    • 2003

      • June, 2003: The shooting took place in June 2003 when Devin Moore, 17 years old at the time, was taken in for questioning by police in Fayette, Alabama regarding a stolen vehicle. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • October 20, 2003: The families of Aaron Hamel and Kimberly Bede, two young people shot by teens William and Josh Buckner (who in statements to investigators claimed their actions were inspired by GTA III) filed a US$246 million lawsuit against publishers Rockstar Games, Take-Two Interactive Software, retailer Wal-Mart, and PlayStation 2 manufacturer Sony Computer Entertainment America. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • October 29, 2003: Rockstar and its parent company, Take-Two, filed for dismissal of the lawsuit, stating in U.S. District Court on 29 October 2003 that the "ideas and concepts as well as the 'purported psychological effects' on the Buckners are protected by the First Amendment's free-speech clause." The lawyer of the victims, Jack Thompson, denied that, but failed in his attempt to move the lawsuit into a state court and under Tennessee's consumer protection act. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.

    • 2004

      • 2004: However, the release of Grand Theft Auto : San Andreas, in 2004, is based on the states of California and Nevada consisting of three cities, Las Venturas (Las Vegas), San Fierro (San Francisco) and Los Santos (Los Angeles). - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • 2004: Grand Theft Auto (unofficially referred to as Grand Theft Auto Advance), for the Game Boy Advance, was also released in 2004. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • 2004: Grand Theft Auto Advance (2004), what was originally supposed to be a cut-down port of GTA III for the Game Boy Advance, turned out to be a completely original game, set a year before GTA III, in a slightly changed Liberty City. - Grand Theft Auto, Gta_wikia.
      • 2004: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004), set in the state of San Andreas, featured three cities, Los Santos, San Fierro and Las Venturas, based on Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas respectively. - Grand Theft Auto, Gta_wikia.
      • October, 2004: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, released in October 2004, is set in 1992, focusing on California gang life and the awakening of the drug epidemic brought on by crack cocaine. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.

    • 2005


    • 2006

      • February 7, 2006: Jack Thompson commented on the incident, describing the bar attack as a "killing scenario" from Postal² and the killing of Officer Sell a "suicide by cop homicide" inspired by Grand Theft Auto. - Jacob D. Robida, Wikipedia.
      • June 6, 2006: A PlayStation 2 port was released by Rockstar on 6 June 2006. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • June, 2006: Originally for the PlayStation Portable, a PS2 port was released in June 2006. - Grand Theft Auto, Gta_wikia.
      • 2006: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (2006), announced on May 10th during E3, is based in Vice City, 1984, two years before the original GTA Vice City, featuring Lance Vance's brother Vic as the protagonist. - Grand Theft Auto, Gta_wikia.
      • September, 2006: Thompson brought another lawsuit, claiming that Cody Posey played the game obsessively before murdering his father Delbert Paul Posey, stepmother Tryone Schmid, and stepsister Marilea Schmid on a ranch in Albuquerque, New Mexico. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • October 31, 2006: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories was released for the PlayStation Portable on 31 October 2006 and set in Vice City in 1984, two years before the events of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • October, 2006: It was released in October 2006 for the PSP. - Grand Theft Auto, Gta_wikia.

    • 2007


    • 2008

      • March, 2008: It has generated perfect or near perfect reviews and scores on almost all of the games, and has sold over 70 million copies worldwide, as of March 2008. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • April 29, 2008: Grand Theft Auto IV was released on 29 April 2008, after a six month delay. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • April 29, 2008: Grand Theft Auto IV is the first title in the fourth generation of the best-selling Grand Theft Auto video game franchise developed by Rockstar North which was released on 29 April 2008. - Marketing for Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: The series has broken several records, resulting in Guinness World Records awarding the series 10 world records in the Gamer's Edition 2008. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • 2008: According to the The Guinness World Records 2008 and 2009 Gamer's Edition, it's the most controversial videogame series in history, with over 4,000 articles published about it, which include accusations of glamorizing violence, corrupting gamers, and connection to real life crimes. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • 2008: Due to his conduct in this and related cases, Thompson was disbarred in 2008,[11] and was fined more than $43,000 by the Florida Bar Association. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • 2008: Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) - Set in 2008 in a redesigned Liberty City, with new game mechanics, a multiplayer mode, and with protagonist Niko Bellic trying to start a new life. - Grand Theft Auto, Gta_wikia.
      • 2008: Grand Theft Auto IV, Set in: 2008 - Released in: 2008 - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • 2008: Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned, Set in: 2008 - Released in: 2009 - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • 2008: During the events of Grand Theft Auto IV people still seem to enjoy Madd Dogg's work, as his albums are in bars such as Comrades Bar, apartments, and safehouses. - Fictional Artists, Gta_wikia.
      • 2008: Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City, Set in: 2008 - Released in: 2009. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • 2008: Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony, Set in: 2008 - Released in: 2009. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • July 15, 2008: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is the first Grand Theft Auto game to be released on the Nintendo DS, and was announced at the E3 Nintendo Press Conference on 15 July 2008. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • August, 2008: Rockstar announced that it was going to publish GTA IV for PC. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • August, 2008: Head of a Malaysian consumer rights organization, Mohamed Idris, called for a ban of Grand Theft Auto and other similarly violent games such as Manhunt Series. - List of banned video games, Wikipedia.

    • 2009

      • January, 2009: However, in January 2009, Rockstar confirmed that this was untrue. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • February 17, 2009: This content was released as Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned on 17 February 2009, and it was available for download, exclusively for the Xbox 360. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • March 17, 2009: The game was released on 17 March 2009 in North America and 20 March 2009 to Australia and Europe. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • 2009: After the release of Grand Theft Auto IV, rumours began circulating that the next complete console installment would be released in 2009. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • June 22, 2009: A PSP version was later announced on 22 June 2009[10] and was released in North America on 20 October 2009. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • 2009: The Grand Theft Auto video game series is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records 2009 as the most controversial game series and has often been accused of glamorising violence. - Glamour (presentation), Wikipedia.
      • 2009: Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned (2009) - a downloadable episode released in February 2009 for the Xbox 360 only. - Grand Theft Auto, Gta_wikia.
      • 2009: Omid became the voice of Yusuf Amir in the popular gaming series Grand Theft Auto. - Omid Djalili, Wikipedia.
      • 2009: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (2009), set in 2009 and focusing on the Liberty City triads. - Grand Theft Auto, Gta_wikia.
      • 2009: A six-year-old boy, who claimed he had learned to drive from the game, took his family's car on a 10 mile trip before he crashed. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • 2009: Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City (2009) - Includes: - Grand Theft Auto, Gta_wikia.
      • 2009: Grand larceny, having a total of 370 cases in 2009, and grand larcenies for automobiles (G.L.A), with 155 reports in 2009, have also dropped, 60.7% and 95.1% respectively. - Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, Wikipedia.
      • 2009: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Set in: 2009 - Released in: 2009. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • October 29, 2009: The second Grand Theft Auto IV Downloadable Content instalment was called Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony [9] and was released on 29 October 2009. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • October 29, 2009: Following the release of Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar Games has released The Lost and Damned, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony, which was released on 29 October 2009. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
      • October, 2009: Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony - A second episode for GTA IV released in October 2009, the last DLC of the GTA IV. - Grand Theft Auto, Gta_wikia.
  • 2010s

    • January 18, 2010: It was also released on the iPhone OS platform 18 January 2010. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
    • January, 2010: A PSP & iPhone/iPod Touch version of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars was released in January 2010, although limited to USA and European buyers only. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
    • March 30, 2010: The strategic alliance was however timed and both DLC episodes and the compilation pack will be released on 30 March 2010 on PS3 and PC. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
    • 2010: Wedbush Morgan Securities’ video game industry analyst Michael Pachter now believes that the next console installment will be released in 2010. - Grand Theft Auto (series), Wikipedia.
    • 2013: The game is set in completely fictional Anywhere City in the near future around the year 2013. - Grand Theft Auto, Gta_wikia.






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