5 Interesting Facts About GTA Franchise

The Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series by Rockstar Games has taken the gaming world by storm since the release of its first installment in 1997.

With each new addition to the franchise, fans are immersed in a world filled with crime, action, and limitless possibilities.


However, there are some lesser-known and shocking facts about the GTA series that you might not be aware of. Let’s dive into five of them.

Real-Life Lawsuits Inspired by the Game:

While the GTA series has been praised for its engaging storylines and open-world gameplay, it has also been the subject of numerous controversies, including real-life lawsuits.

In 2003, the families of two teens shot and killed by a 16-year-old boy sued Rockstar Games and its parent company, Take-Two Interactive, claiming that the boy was influenced by playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Though the case was ultimately dismissed, it sparked a heated debate about the potential impact of violent video games on players.

The Hidden “Hot Coffee” Controversy:

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is infamous for the “Hot Coffee” scandal, which involved a hidden sex mini-game that could be unlocked through modding the game.

The scandal led to a massive public outcry, and the game was re-rated as Adults Only (AO) by the ESRB. Rockstar Games eventually released a patched version of the game, removing the controversial content and restoring the Mature (M) rating.

The Voice Behind CJ:

Chris Bellard, better known by his stage name Young Maylay, is the voice actor for Carl “CJ” Johnson, the protagonist of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. However, what many may not know is that Bellard is also a rapper and a cousin of the legendary rapper and producer, Dr. Dre.

This connection to the hip-hop world helped bring authenticity to the game’s portrayal of the 1990s Los Angeles gang culture.

The Unreleased GTA Game:

Many fans are unaware that there was a canceled Grand Theft Auto title called “GTA: Tokyo.”

In the early 2000s, Rockstar Games had plans to create a game set in Tokyo, and the development team even visited the city to conduct research. However, the project was ultimately scrapped due to the complexities of recreating Tokyo’s intricate road systems and the difficulties of localizing the game for a Japanese audience.

The GTA Series’ British Roots:

Despite being known for its portrayal of American cities and culture, the Grand Theft Auto series actually has its roots in the United Kingdom.

DMA Design, the original developer of the first GTA game, was a British company based in Dundee, Scotland. Moreover, the Houser brothers, who co-founded Rockstar Games and have played an essential role in the development of the GTA series, are originally from London.


The Grand Theft Auto series has come a long way since its debut in 1997. These shocking facts reveal the controversies, creative talent, and surprising origins that have shaped the development of this iconic franchise.

With the release of each new installment, we can expect even more surprises and innovations from Rockstar Games, keeping fans on the edge of their seats.

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