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  • 1992


  • 1999

    • December 26, 1999: Check your rectum." On December 26, 1999, Marvin made a website (viewable in Grand Theft Auto IV - area53site.com) announcing that he is shutting down the show to "protect his research". - Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas soundtrack, Wikipedia.

  • 2001


  • 2004

    • November, 2004: Work on Grand Theft Auto IV began in November 2004, almost immediately after the release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.

  • 2006

    • May 9, 2006: On May 9, 2006 at E3 Take-Two Interactive announced that Grand Theft Auto IV will be available for the PS3 and Xbox 360. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Gaming_wikia.
    • 2006: The content was first announced during Microsoft's 2006 E3 press conference on 9 May 2006. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
    • 2006: The then Corporate Vice-President of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business division, Peter Moore, announced at E3 2006 that the game would appear on Xbox 360, by rolling up his sleeve to reveal a GTA IV temporary tattoo. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.

  • 2007

    • February 28, 2007: It was announced that exclusive episodic content for the Xbox 360 will be introduced starting in 2008. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Gaming_wikia.
    • March 16, 2007: This caused Take Two to sue Thompson on March 16, 2007 to prevent him from declaring the game a public nuisance. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Gaming_wikia.
    • March 14, 2007: Take-Two filed a lawsuit to prevent Thompson from preventing the sale of Grand Theft Auto IV and Manhunt 2 to minors, claiming that Thompson's effort to block sales of its games through lawsuits violates the company's First Amendment rights. - Jack Thompson (activist), Wikipedia.
    • March 14, 2007: Take-Two filed a lawsuit to prevent Thompson from preventing the sale of Grand Theft Auto IV and Manhunt 2 to minors, claiming that Thompson's effort to block sales of its games through lawsuits violates the company's First Amendment rights. - Jack Thompson, Gta_wikia.
    • March 29, 2007: The first trailer titled "Things Will Be Different" was released on March 29, 2007 at 22:00 UTC. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Gaming_wikia.
    • April 6, 2007: 2007 it was discovered that a fan of the Grand Theft Auto series has recreated the preview trailer and released it on Youtube. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Gaming_wikia.
    • May 24, 2007: 2007 Rockstar released screenshots of the game to Gamespot, IGN and 1UP. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Gaming_wikia.
    • May 21, 2007: Rockstar Games announced Grand Theft Auto IV Special Edition for the PS3 and Xbox 360. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Gaming_wikia.
    • June 28, 2007: 2007 at 12:00 EST, the second trailer was released. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Gaming_wikia.
    • August 2, 2007: Take-Two announced that Grand Theft Auto IV would miss its original release date of 16 October 2007 contrary to their previous statements, and would be delayed to their second fiscal quarter (February–April) of 2008. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
    • August 2, 2007: A press release from Rockstar Games issued on 2nd August 2007 stated that Grand Theft Auto IV will be delayed. - Latest News, Gta_wikia.
    • October 16, 2007: It was announced by Rockstar Games on October 16, 2007 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Strategywiki.
    • October 16, 2007: Rockstar Games initially appeared to be committed to the original 16 October 2007 release date; however, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter suggested that Take-Two may choose to delay the release of the game in order to boost its financial results for 2008 and to avoid competing with the release of other highly anticipated titles, such as Halo 3. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.

  • 2008

    • January, 2008
      • January 24, 2008: Take-Two announced that Grand Theft Auto IV would be released on 29 April 2008. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
    • March, 2008
    • April, 2008
    • May, 2008
      • May 2, 2008: Some observers suggested that GTA IV's success could dampen the box office for the 2 May 2008 release of Iron Man, setting a precedent where movie studios will begin browsing video-game release dates to check for conflicts. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • May 31, 2008: As of 31 May 2008, the title has sold over 11 million copies to retailers and 8.5 million have been sold through to consumers, according to Take-Two Interactive. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • May, 2008: The May 2008 issue of Official Xbox Magazine (UK) published the first Grand Theft Auto IV review, giving the game the maximum score of 10/10. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • May 7, 2008: Rockstar released a patch for the PlayStation 3 version of the game to improve the multiplayer experience. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • May 13, 2008: Grand Theft Auto IV broke the Guinness World Records for "Highest grossing video game in 24 hours" and "Highest Revenue Generated by an Entertainment Product in 24 Hours". - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
    • June, 2008
      • 2008: Grand Theft Auto IV is set in 2008 in a redesigned Liberty City, a stylized recreation of New York City. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Gta_wikia.
      • June, 2008: Six teenagers were arrested in June 2008 after engaging in a crime spree in New Hyde Park, New York, assaulting and robbing several people, and attempting a carjacking. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Grand Theft Auto IV are the fifth and eighth best-selling games of 2008 in the United States respectively. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: Analyst Michael Pachter predicted the game will sell 11 to 13 million units by the end of 2008. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: Pachter also expects Grand Theft Auto IV to represent 3.2% of all US and European software sales for 2008 and for lifetime sales of the game to reach 16 to 19 million. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: The Xbox 360 version sold in excess of 3.29 million, while the PlayStation 3 version sold in excess of 1.89 million for a combined 5.18 million copies in 2008 in the region. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: "Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) is a video game developed by Rockstar North." - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikiquote.
      • June 23, 2008: Further multiplayer fixes were made available on 23 June 2008. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: Bit-tech went as far as to name the PC version the fourth-"most disappointing game" of 2008. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: Electronic Gaming Monthly has given the game its "Game of the Year" award for 2008. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: New York Times has given the game its "Game of the Year" award for 2008. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: Games Master has given the game its "Game of the Year" award for 2008. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: Los Angeles Times has given the game its "Game of the Year" award for 2008. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: Kelly also had a small voice part in the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV as an Italian gangster that accompanied the main character on a mission. - Robert Kelly (comedian), Wikipedia.
      • 2008: Game Informer has given the game its "Game of the Year" award for 2008. - Grand Theft Auto IV, 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: Ranx provides the voice of Little Jacob in the 2008 Video Game Grand Theft Auto IV. - Coolie Ranx, Wikipedia.
      • June, 2008: Four teens went on a crime spree after being obsessed with Grand Theft Auto IV in New Hyde Park, New York. - Video game controversy, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: The song is also featured in the soundtrack of the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV. - Church Heathen, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: The song is used as a soundtrack of the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV. - Wild Dances (song), Wikipedia.
      • 2008: The runways of the airport are featured in the 2008 videogame Grand Theft Auto IV. - LaGuardia Airport, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: The following are some of the game's awards (all of which are 2008 awards): - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: The song is played on the radio station Liberty Rock Radio, hosted by Bowie's former collaborator Iggy Pop, on the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV. - Fascination (David Bowie song), Wikipedia.
      • 2008: MTV Game Awards has given the game its "Game of the Year" award for 2008. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: Entertainment Merchants Association(EMA) has given the game its "Game of the Year" and "Best Action Adventure Game" awards for 2008. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • 2008: Nick Lancaster is a ladies man who before 2008 (the setting of Grand Theft Auto IV) wrote a book entitled Women Are Idiots which gives men tips on how to get women. - Nick Lancaster, Gta_wikia.
      • 2008: A number of recurring characters appear in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV, set in 2008. - List of Grand Theft Auto IV characters, Wikipedia.
    • August, 2008
      • August 6, 2008: Rockstar announced that a Microsoft Windows version was in development by Rockstar North and Rockstar Toronto. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • August 16, 2008: As of 16 August 2008, the title has sold over 10 million copies through to consumers, according to Take-Two Interactive. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • August 1, 2008: According to the NPD Group and GfK Chart-Track, the game has sold 4.711 million units in the US and 1.582 million in the UK, for a total of 6.293 million units as of 1 August 2008. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
    • October, 2008
      • October 27, 2008: Rockstar released an update which added Trophy support to the PlayStation 3 version. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
    • November, 2008
      • November 18, 2008: The game was originally announced for release in North America on 18 November 2008 and in Europe on 21 November 2008 but was later pushed back to 2 and 3 December 2008, respectively. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • November 15, 2008: Another patch (1.04) was released for the PlayStation 3 version of the game. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
    • December, 2008
      • December 2, 2008: PC United States Canada 2 December 2008 United Kingdom Europe 3 December 2008 Australia New Zealand TBA - Grand Theft Auto IV, Gta_wikia.
      • December 2, 2008: A Windows version of the game was released in North America on 2 December 2008 and in Europe on 3 December. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
      • December 7, 2008: Razor 1911 released Grand Theft Auto IV five days after its release. - Razor 1911, Wikipedia.
      • December 12, 2008: A patch (1.0.1.0) was released for the Microsoft Windows version of the game. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.

  • 2009

    • January 31, 2009: Over 13 million units of Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto IV have been shipped as of 31 January 2009. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
    • January 24, 2009: Another patch (1.0.2.0) was released for the Microsoft Windows version of the game. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
    • February 17, 2009: The Lost and Damned was released on the February 17th 2009, and features biker Johnny Klebitz as the player character. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Gta_wikia.
    • February 17, 2009: Two episodic packs have since been released for the Xbox 360, the first entitled The Lost and Damned and was released on 17 February 2009. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
    • February 20, 2009: A patch was released for the European and Australian releases of the game, fixing an error caused by a previous update to The Lost And Damned, which had reversed regional censorship rules for the European and Australian editions of the game. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
    • February 17, 2009: The first episode, titled The Lost and Damned, was released on Xbox Live on 17 February 2009. - Grand Theft Auto IV, 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.
    • February 17, 2009: The Lost and Damned, the first downloadable episode for GTA IV will be available for download on February 17th 2009, and will cost $19.99 or 1600 Microsoft Points, exclusively for the Xbox 360 version. - Latest News, Gta_wikia.
    • February 17, 2009: The Lost and Damned, the first downloadable episode for GTA IV has been released for download through Xbox Live on 17 February 2009. - Latest News, Gta_wikia.
    • 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.
    • September 4, 2009: Another patch was released for the Xbox 360 version of the game. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
    • October 29, 2009: The Ballad of Gay Tony was released on the October 29th 2009, with Luis Fernando Lopez as the protagonist, this was simaltaniously released with the disc version Episodes from Liberty City, which features both games. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Gta_wikia.
    • October 29, 2009: The second is entitled The Ballad of Gay Tony and was released on 29 October 2009. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
    • October 21, 2009: This content is not available in the download versions of the episodes, this was announced by Rockstar via their Newswire page 21 October 2009. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
    • October, 2009: Following that in October 2009 they were released together as part of a standalone game called Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City for the Xbox 360 that does not require the original Grand Theft Auto IV media to be playable. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
    • October 29, 2009: The second episode, Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony, was released on 29 October 2009. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
    • November, 2009: For first day sales it also broke the record of "Fastest-selling video game in 24 hours", previously held by Halo 3 at $170 million,[142] however, its record was broken in November 2009 by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.
    • November 10, 2009: A fifth patch (1.0.0.4) was released for the Microsoft Windows version of the game. - Grand Theft Auto IV, Wikipedia.

  • 2010







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