GTA Producer Buys Church for Edinburgh Community

June 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Leslie Benzies, the president of Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar North, will buy Edinburgh, Scotland’s St. Stephen’s Church to save it for the community, the Edinburgh Evening News reports. A spokesperson for Benzies said that the church is "an entirely philanthropic purchase" to preserve St. Stephen’s for community use. The church building is worth an estimated £500,000.

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Rockstar Founders Make the '1,000 Wealthiest People in Britain' List

May 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to UK publication The Sunday Times, Grand Theft Auto creators and Rockstar co-founders Sam and Dan Houser have made the paper's "1,000 wealthiest people in Britain" list, alongside the creator of RuneScape, the owner of a video game retailer, and a man associated with King.com.

The Houser brothers barely made the list at the 947 spot with a joint fortune of $151 million.

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Former 'Mob Wives' Star Sues Take-Two Over Grand Theft Auto V

February 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Karen Gravano, the daughter of New York City mobster-turned-informant Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, has filed a lawsuit in Manhattan against Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games, claiming that the game makers made a character based on her without her permission in Grand Theft Auto V.

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Take-Two Rakes in $578 Million in FYQ3 on GTA V Sales

February 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Publisher Take-Two Interactive released financial results for its fiscal third quarter ending December 31, 2013, revealing that it raked in a whopping $578 million in profits. The company attributed the lion's share of this profit to its latest game in the popular Grand Theft Auto series, Grand Theft Auto V.

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Watch Your Back, Cheaters: Rockstar Promises Bans for GTA Online Money Cheaters

January 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rockstar Games said that those individuals who are using money cheats in Grand Theft Auto Online can expect a swift and unmerciful ban. In a new blog post the company said that those who have used exploits and cheats to secure mountains of illegally-gained funds better watch out. They called the large influx of cash from cheating "game-breaking" and "disruptive to the overall experience."

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Rockstar Tells Honest GTA Online Players Not to Worry About Money Hack Issues

December 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Rockstar is calming Grand Theft Auto players down who are concerned that they may get their accounts banned through no fault of their own. The fear stems from GTA Online money hackers who are giving away large sums of (we assume ill-gotten) in-game currency to strangers, making them vulnerable to a ban by Rockstar.

Rockstar's position is that honest players do not need to be worried about getting banned.

Here's more from Rockstar's support page for the game:

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Grand Theft Auto Online Stimulus Money Payout Delayed

October 25, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Grand Theft Auto Online players antsy to get their in-game stimulus cash will have to wait a little bit longer. Rockstar said it would not release any of the free money until it had fixed a majority of the bugs still plaguing the game. The company said this in response to questions about the delay of the first $250,000 stimulus give out which was supposed to occur sometime this week.

A Rockstar Newswire update notes:

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Poll: Will There Ever Be a PC Release of Grand Theft Auto 5?

October 23, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

Let's talk about one of the 118 For Everything But Wii U games, Grand Theft Auto 5.

GTA V released on the PS3 and Xbox 360 last month to rave reviews and record-breaking sales.  And yet, some gamers are still not happy.

No, not Nintendo fanboys.  We're never happy.

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Activision Wants Its Title Back from Rockstar

October 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Prior to the release of Grand Theft Auto V in September, Activision held the title of biggest video game launch in history with Call of Duty Black Ops 2. Activision UK senior brand manager Kevin Flynn recently told MCV that congratulations were in order for the folks at Rockstar, but that they shouldn't get too comfortable with the title they recently earned:

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Rockstar Giving Away Virtual Stimulus Money to Grand Theft Auto Online Players

October 11, 2013 - James Fudge

Rockstar Games will give away in-game currency to those affected by technical difficulties in Grand Theft Auto Online, the online multiplayer component of Grand Theft Auto V. The company said this morning that anyone who played the game when it first launched (a period they define as the entire month of October) will receive $500,000, deposited in their in-game bank accounts. Rockstar is calling the funds "stimulus money." How very political of them. The money will be doled out to players' bank accounts in two deposits.

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GTA V Now Holds Seven Guinness World Records

October 9, 2013 - James Fudge

Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V has managed to get itself into the official record books seven times.

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Rockstar Apologizes for Rocky Grand Theft Auto Online Launch

October 1, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Grand Theft Auto Online, the multiplayer companion to Grand Theft Auto V, launched today and Rockstar is already apologizing for early technical issues. Of course, Rockstar warned on Monday that it expected a few hiccups here and there as hundreds of thousands or even millions of players converged on the service.

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Take-Two Warns GTA V Video Makers About 'Spoilers'

September 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive told fans in this support forum thread that it is "happy for fans" to upload gameplay footage, but warns them that any videos containing spoilers and other "in-game entertainment" will be flagged for removal via a takedown notice to whatever service they might be using.

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GTA V Wii U Petition Gets No Love

September 16, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

While the petition to bring Grand Theft Auto to the PC has gotten plenty of media attention and a fair share of signatures (over 365,000 so far as of this morning) another petition on Change.org isn't getting as much love. As Andrew Eisen pointed out this morning, the petition to bring Grand Theft Auto V to the Wii U has only managed to garner 4,313 signatures of the 20,000 it needs to be sent off to Rockstar Games. The petition has been online since 2012.

From the appeal on the petition to Rockstar Games / Take-Two Interactive:

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Report: GTA V Costs $266 Million to Develop and Market

September 9, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Rockstar Games' upcoming open-world action game Grand Theft Auto V may have cost up to $266 million to develop and market, according to a report by Scottish newspaper The Scotsman. The article also claims that industry analysts expect the game "could sell" upwards of 25 million copies in its first year on the market. That would generate over $1.56 billion in sales for Take-Two Interactive, they say.

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Grand Theft Auto V Lets Players Smoke Pot

August 21, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this year a trailer for Grand Theft Auto V gave the public a glimpse at an odd vending machine that apparently allowed players to buy marijuana. At first people thought it was a bit of a goof, but it turns out that pot smoking is in GTA V, alongside the usual amounts of violence, criminal activities, sexual content, and other drug use.

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Rockstar Details Grand Theft Auto Online

August 15, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Grand Theft Auto V developer Rockstar Games revealed the first details about Grand Theft Auto Online and released a new trailer today. Grand Theft Auto Online will be released on Oct. 1 - a few weeks after Grand Theft Auto V hits retail for Xbox 360 and PS3 (there's also a rumor that the game will come out on the PC by year's end but Take-Two and Rockstar have not officially confirmed that). Access to GTA Online will be free to anyone who has purchased GTA V.

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Take-Two Files Complaint With WIPO Over GTA V Domain

August 7, 2013 -

Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive filed a complaint this week with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) seeking to claim the domain GTAV.com. The domain name is currently registered to a Spanish resident and listed as "for sale." While the domain name currently redirects users to the official Grand Theft Auto V website, in February it sent users to a blog about the game.

Take-Two has filed more over 24 disputes against websites related to GTA V - including one that promised access to a beta test of the game (gta5betacode.com).

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GTA V Rated R18+ for Australia

August 1, 2013 -

Take Two Interactive's and Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V passed through the Australian Classification Board review process and survived, earning an R18+ rating for the region. Many were concerned that the game might end up getting refused classification on its first pass through the process much like Saint's Row IV and State of Decay did earlier this year. Saint's Row IV still remains effectively banned in the region, even after the game went through a second review earlier this week.

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GTA V PC Petition Surpasses 200K Signature Mark

July 23, 2013 -

A petition on Change.org calling for a PC version of Rockstar's upcoming game Grand Theft Auto V has over 200,000 signatures. While Rockstar hasn't ruled out a PC version, the company has not officially announced that it is working on it either. With GTA IV, Rockstar released a PC version eight months after the console game releases.

The petition jumped from 100,000 signatures in November 2012 to 150,000 in February of this year. Now the signatures are well above 200,000.

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TNT Show Gets Name Change from 'L.A. Noir' to 'Lost Angels' After Rockstar Legal Threat

January 24, 2013 -

The director of such films as The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile has been forced to rename his new television show to Lost Angels. Screenwriter and director Frank Darabont had originally named the show L.A. Noir, but Rockstar Games sent him a letter warning him that they would sue him if he used the name. While the show may have some minor similarities to Rockstar Games' film noir style video game, it is actually based on writer John Buntin's 2009 nonfiction title of the same name.

In a recent interview Darabont explained the name change:

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Rockstar Takes Novel Approach to Punishing Max Payne 3 Multiplayer Cheaters

June 13, 2012 -

The multiplayer portion of Rockstar Games' Max Payne 3 has been hacked and the company is now urging players to help them identify people that are using the cheats to get a leg up in online games. In a post on the company's official blog Rockstar said that it wants players to identify exploiters:

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Dan Houser Buys Truman Capote's Brooklyn Estate

March 21, 2012 -

How fitting, then, that the Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser is the proud new owner of the Brooklyn Heights mansion at 70 Willow Street where Truman Capote once laid his weary head after a long night of socializing with New York City's who's who. The house that once belonged to the author of the gritty true crime bestseller In Cold Blood sold for $12.5 million according to city records obtained by The New York Observer. It was also apparently the most expensive real estate purchase in Brooklyn history.

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Jesse Divnich: GTA V Will Be 2012's Biggest Release

December 28, 2011 -

As part of his Top Five 2012 predictions feature on IndustryGamers, EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich predicted that Grand Theft Auto V will be the top selling game of the year. He even goes so far as to say that it will beat out the next Call of Duty game.

"It goes without saying that GTA V will be one of the year's biggest releases, but I will take it one step farther and say GTA V will be 2012's biggest release," said Divnich.

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Team Bondi to Close

October 5, 2011 -

It's game over for Team Bondi, the Australian development studio that helped create LA Noire for Rockstar Games. According to papers filed with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission, Team Bondi will close its doors and its assets will be sold off to pay creditors. Liquidators have been appointed at the company to sell off assets and pay off the company's debts, documents show.

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Red Dead DLC Was Released to Slow Used Game Sales

September 15, 2011 -

Here's something you don't want to hear from developers: we didn't make DLC to give fans new content, we did it to combat used game sales. I'm paraphrasing, but that's sort of what a top Take-Two Interactive executive told a gathering at ThinkEquity's 8th Annual Growth Conference in New York City earlier this week. Concerning the first batch of downloadable content released for its hit game Red Dead Redemption, he said:

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Team Bondi Enters into Administration

September 1, 2011 -

Team Bondi, the Sydney, Australia-based game development studio behind LA Noire, has entered administration (what we like to call bankruptcy in America), according to a report from the Australian Securities & Investments Commission. This year the company found itself in the media spotlight over its workplace practices after several of its employees claimed that they were forced into unpaid overtime, and that they were not included in the game's credits.

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Rumor: Team Bondi Headed Towards Bankruptcy

August 5, 2011 -

Sydney studio Team Bondi is on the verge of declaring bankruptcy, according to a growing number of online sources. Mostly, the rumors are coming from the Neogaf discussion board, and the claims have not been substantiated by an official representative. While an official "statement is forthcoming," Develop claims that an unnamed company representative declined a request to comment.

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Should Game Developers Have A Union?

July 26, 2011 -

In light of the accusations of horrible working conditions that L.A. Noire developer Team Bondi has garnered of late (excessive hours, no overtime pay, employees cut out of the game’s credits), do game developers need labor rights?  Should they have a union?

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L.A. Noire Banned in UAE

May 21, 2011 -

United Arab Emirates retail chain Geekay Games updated its Facebook page today with sad, if unsurprising news:

Unfortunate news, L.A. Noire has been banned. Sorry guys :(

Bummer.  The UAE’s National Media Council (NMC) did not reveal why it banned the game and so far, Rockstar has not commented on the situation.

Speculation has it that The Witcher 2 and Duke Nukem Forever will be the next titles to receive a wallop from the NMC banhammer.

Source: Middle East Gamers via Cheater87

-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen

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ZippyDSMleeWhy bother with an HD relese just repack the damn thing and promote it since it will play on the WIIU anyway....08/01/2014 - 7:04pm
Andrew EisenPlus, with Nintendo carrying the Wii U almost all by itself, it could help plug one of the unfortunately inevitable release schedule gaps.08/01/2014 - 3:23pm
Andrew EisenAn HD re-release would be cool though. It's a great game (and quite the looker, especially when up-rezzed) and more people should play it (the game had a limited release at a time when the Wii was all but dead an buried).08/01/2014 - 3:21pm
E. Zachary KnightSo no, people are not going to need to play the Wii game to undstand or enjoy the Wii U game.08/01/2014 - 1:27pm
E. Zachary KnightFrom what I understand, the two games have as much to do with eachother as Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy 2.08/01/2014 - 1:26pm
MaskedPixelanteIt's my secret hope that Nintendo announces Xenoblade HD to be released in the leadup to Xenoblade Chronicles X, or at least a mass market version of the first game so that people aren't going into this one blind.08/01/2014 - 12:40pm
PHX CorpI'm going to do a test stream later today, if anyone is intrested07/31/2014 - 2:40pm
Andrew EisenYes, I'm such a big Nintendo dork that I read Nintendo's quarterly financial reports.07/31/2014 - 2:09pm
Andrew EisenCool tidbit - Mario Kart 8 sales account for more than half of total Wii U software sales for the last quarter even though it was only available for the last third.07/31/2014 - 2:09pm
Andrew EisenStill a pretty cool promotion. Unfortunately for me, I'm not interested in purchasing Mario Kart 8 and I already owned or didn't want any of the free games on offer.07/31/2014 - 1:43pm
Andrew EisenInteresting that EU had 10 games to choose from while North America only had four.07/31/2014 - 1:41pm
MaskedPixelanteIt certainly worked, I probably would never have bought Mario Kart 8 if it didn't come with a free copy of Wind Waker HD.07/31/2014 - 1:14pm
Andrew EisenI imagine will see similar promotions like "Buy Mario Kart 8 get a download code for one of these specific games" but almost certainly not for all of its (however you would define) biggest releases.07/31/2014 - 11:24am
MaskedPixelanteI wonder if Nintendo is going to be doing "buy one get one free" promos for all their biggest releases going forward.07/31/2014 - 10:48am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/special-report-retail-revolt-over-pc-code-strippers/013614007/31/2014 - 8:27am
ZippyDSMleeWouldn't they be able to afford and get done in a timely manner a general gba emluator for the 3DS? It seems to me if they want to make money off sales they need to do it.07/31/2014 - 7:25am
Sora-ChanAmbassador program, that's what I was looking for. Anyway the other games that have been made no longer exclusive to the early adopters got updates in their software. It'll only be a matter of time more than likely for the GBA to get the same treatment.07/31/2014 - 5:35am
Sora-ChanI might be naming it incorrectly when I say "founder" i mean the program for earlier adopters.07/31/2014 - 5:34am
Sora-Chanthe 3DS's GBA emulator was a rush job due to the founder program. No other GBA titles have been released on the 3DS yet. If/When they do get around to it, they'll more than likely update the emulation software.07/31/2014 - 5:32am
Zenemulator...it's not just a slap job that makes "some" work..they do it for each which is why they work so well. I would rather have the quality over just a slap job.07/30/2014 - 5:48pm
 

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