Why Grand Theft Auto III Made Me The Gamer I Am Today

Why Grand Theft Auto III Made Me The Gamer I Am Today

Written Saturday, October 22, 2011 By Dan Webb
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Everyone has that one game that hooks them for life and if they haven’t yet, they eventually will. For many individuals out there it was a game that harks all the way back to their childhood, but for me, although I have fond memories of playing Duck Hunt with the NES Zapper and whiling away the hours on Super Mario Bros with my brother many a Christmas time in the early 90s, the one game that made me the type of gamer I am today is none other than Grand Theft Auto III. Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the release of the game - a game that effectively changed my life – and so I thought I’d take the time to write a bit of a retrospective on how and why Grand Theft Auto III will always hold a special place in my heart.

"GTA III… it even had garages! Mind = blown!"

The early noughties was a particularly dark period for me in my personal life. I was the ripe age of 19, living away from home for the first time in a city that never really captured my imagination. I was struggling with the harsh realities of life and giving me a credit card at that time was possibly one of the most dangerous things anyone could have done, let alone giving me 5 or 6 of them – a lesson I learnt the hard way. I’ll always remember that time though, not for the good reasons, but as a life lesson. Sure, it had its highs, but they were overshadowed by the lows. But the fact that it put me on the road to the path I’m on now, working in the video games industry, made it all worthwhile in the end.

We all have that period in our gaming “career” where we lose interest and fall out with something we’d never thought we could fall out with. A period where we sit back and wonder why we plough countless hours into something that really has no impact on anything important. I was young and the whole entertainment factor had quiet clearly gone over my head. Quite when this period of non-gaming commenced for me is a hazy memory, but I’m guessing – considering I was 19 at the time – that period began about 3 or 4 years earlier. Life took over, whether social or academic, and something I had once turned to for solace slipped away into the shadows.

I’ll always remember when all that changed though, and when I came charging back... It was a midweek afternoon. I’d overslept – I was a student, that’s what we did back then – so I decided to sack off university for the day... as you do. After my sluggish rise from comatose to barely awake I made the way into the lounge and logged onto the communal PC. I’ll always remember this moment rather vividly: curtains drawn, pitch black, a friend asleep on the couch from the previous heavy night and me with the sleaziest – but warmest! – dressing gown on ever, just moseying over to the PC in the corner. It was a momentous point in my life for me, as funny as it sounds, as it was essentially this moment in time where I contracted the gaming bug for the second and most important time in my life. As I logged onto the computer and stumbled across a video advertisement on Yahoo or somewhere like that, I managed to see a trailer for the new Grand Theft Auto game... in a 3D world! 3D!? My mind was blown. Well and truly. From there I was straight on to Amazon, game ordered and the next few weeks and months dragged. It didn’t help that it essentially cost me an arm and a leg through overdraft fees either because in order to buy it, I had to break further into the red than had been previously been agreed with my bank.

"Epic about sums up Easter eggs of this magnitude."

We did have a PlayStation 2 in the house at the time, although it wasn’t mine, but there was a policy of everyone and anyone can use it, so when Grand Theft Auto III turned up, I went to town on it. There is a potential that had Grand Theft Auto III not lived up to my expectations, then I could have turned my back on gaming possibly forever, but thankfully it exceeded all of my expectations. Considering I had been out of it for 3-4 years, things had advanced a long way. An open-world, one that was actually the first 3D sandbox world I had possibly ever stepped into, I became almost obsessed with it all. I didn’t rest until I had every secret package littered around the city. I couldn’t sleep until I’d successfully got to level 12 in the ambulance missions, which may I add, thanks to some shaky pedestrian AI, was one hell of a frustrating experience. However, the sense of elation I got from getting that infinite sprint by completing it was akin to scoring the winning goal in a football match, but without the sweat and muddy knees. From there I spring-boarded from task to task, completing as much of the game as humanly possible, chasing after that elusive 100%... I guess you could say that GTA III planted the seed for my love of achievements as well.

The depth and attention to detail of the world astonished me at that time and every bone in my body said to me, “That’s it... I’m a gamer, again.” The fact that I could sit there in awe of the pedestrians, the day/night cycle – all things that we take for granted now – was a testament to what Rockstar had achieved. From there I got involved in GTA forums, just to see what other secrets and tidbits of info I could find. I scoured message boards, comments, watched videos, looking for every little bit of juice I could squeeze out of Liberty City. I’d like to think I saw every Easter egg that the game had to offer, whether you’re talking about the “You weren’t supposed to be able to get here, you know” sign by Donald Love’s place or the invisible town in the middle of nowhere – which was obviously old game code they decided not to use – but back then I was oblivious... and this fascinated me. Hell, something as simple as sniping the moon to make it change size grabbed my attention for more than a few minutes.

"If you screw up the ambulance missions late on, this usually happens!"

It was the start of something that has been a big part of my life for the last 10 years. From there I went to attempt to 100% Gran Turismo 2 – I failed at about 85% if you’re interested – fell in love with Red Dead Revolver, I went back to play both Diablo titles on the PC, discovered the joys of Tomb Raider and so on. I was back in the land of gaming... and I couldn’t have been happier.

Obviously, it didn’t just set me off on a path that I had – and still don’t have – no idea where it would end, but it changed the industry as a whole. It made gaming more mature again; it showed developers that if they applied themselves that effectively anything was possible. It was, and still is, one of the most influential games ever made.

There are other games that have had just as much an impact on me and how I got here today, but those are different stories for different days. Today though, let us raise a glass to GTA III’s 10th birthday and celebrate what has been an epic leap for the games industry in the space of the last decade.


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Comment #1 by mksystem74
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 12:15:01 PM
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10 years and I still haven't played it. Probably never will.

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Comment #2 by xPsYcHoSaWYeR
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 12:19:21 PM
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Time for a remake if its been 10 years me think so loved GTA series need remakes of the good old 3 vice city and san andreas or better yet a new GTA which can live up to these ones overall a great 10 years they have had

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Comment #3 by kriscakegravy
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 12:19:29 PM
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They're bringing GTA 3 to IOS very soon which is when I'll be playing it Properly for the first time

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Comment #4 by GxF SKULLAVIDG3
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 12:49:21 PM
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I think it's time to call for a HD remake on this and possibly one for vice city too!

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Comment #5 by NJC Omega
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 12:50:18 PM
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Probably the best game in the Playstation 2 era, although Vice city was a close second. Defintely the most fun! I loved going to get 8 ball to rig up my car with something special, causing a traffic jam and then watching as the magic happened! :-)

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Comment #6 by Fire Mage
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 12:51:30 PM
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This is one of those games that I got deeply into as well.

But I know that this wasn't THE game that got me into all of gaming.

I can't seem to pinpoint that ONE game that got me extremely hooked (moreso than just taking an interest in playing every so often), but some honorable mentions are games like Super Mario RPG (when I was younger) and the first Metal Gear Solid.

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Comment #7 by dakisbac
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 12:51:52 PM
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Thanks for reminding me what an amazing game GTAIII was. One of these days I shall dust off my PS2 and play through it again. I don't know if I'm up to 100% it again though.

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Comment #8 by olsen77
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 12:56:15 PM
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I'd go a bit further and say that the games released in 2001 changed me as a gamer. The PS2 saw Twisted Metal: Black (my personal favorite of the series), Gran Turismo 3, Grand Theft Auto III, and Metal Gear Solid 2. My PS2 was primarily a DVD player at that point. I didn't give it a ton of attention since I played games mostly on my PC. Those four games, GT3 and GTA3 especially, switched that around.

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Comment #9 by StolenPaper18
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 01:08:21 PM
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*Raises glass*

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Comment #10 by PanzerMatt
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 01:16:06 PM
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Ahhh Memories!

Ones That Can Be Relived Very Soon, Found All GTA Titles To Date On Steam For £5..Nice!(On Sale This Weekend) So I'll Be Trotting Round Liberty And Vice Frequently Again These Coming Weeks :)

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Comment #11 by Evo Kazz
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 01:18:21 PM
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3, VC, and SA were all amazing, a HD Collection with cheevies would make me so excited, I may pooh a little

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Comment #12 by xMidget_Furyx
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 01:37:09 PM
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i can't say what game, made me into the gamer i am today. I do however, remember spending hours and hours playing GTA III. Funny part is i've never finihsed it. I got stuck on the coffee stand mission.

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Comment #13 by a hippyslayer
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 01:58:37 PM
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Freshman in college gta3 and Ludacris's Word of Mouf cd. Even today when I hear a sing off that album I get flashes of old Liberty City. Game was epic

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Comment #14 by Mr Matty
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 02:23:44 PM
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I so wish they would remake all the Gtas with achievements for the 360 .
I would pay £40 for each and every one.
Gta = The best game of the decade

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Comment #15 by ash356
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 02:29:20 PM
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I wish they'd remake it for 360 :(
Like Resident Evil 4... I'd snap it up in an instant :D

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Comment #16 by Spanish Assault
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 02:45:19 PM
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well written....this game was one of the ones that hooked me as well.

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Comment #17 by Fash07
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 02:45:51 PM
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Almost made me cry :( I F***ing Love Gta 3 !!!

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Comment #18 by Booldozer
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 02:56:02 PM
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Police chase with 'she's on fire' blaring on the radio is my fondest memory.

Awesome game. still better than most sandbox games made today.

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Comment #19 by SoBeRxFTW
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 03:09:08 PM
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If Bungie is doing it to Halo, then Rocktar should for this game. :)

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Comment #20 by Rivercurse
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 03:18:20 PM
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Comment #21 by Gazzoid
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 03:19:44 PM
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Classic game! Once I've fully beaten San Andreas (100%) I'll be giving this game a replay for sure.

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Comment #22 by Jhow
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 04:37:12 PM
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I didnt like this game as much as I liked Vice City, and San Andreas but still good for its time I have to say.

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Comment #23 by Webb [STAFF]
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 04:57:29 PM
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@#22 - Oh yeah, Vice City and San Andreas were much more enjoyable and better games, but GTA III was the catalyst. The beginning. The start of it all! =)

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Comment #24 by hairyfingernail
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 06:20:35 PM
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I to hadn't played a game for a while.(sonic 2 being the last game I really spent any time with) girls, beer, studying and general life just got in the way. - must of been early 2002, I had a bit of spare cash and I remember Game doing a 'criminal pack' which included a PS2 with GTA 3, Max Payne and State of emergency. I fondly remember that week for bringing me back to the world of games. What a week, What a game.

Happy Aniversery GTA.

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Comment #25 by CrAzYnEsS
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 06:38:41 PM
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This game changed the gameing universe forever. I can't even begin to express how much this game means to me, for what it has not only done to the gameing universe, but for me personally. This is why people hate GTA4 so much, GTA3 had such an impact on the gameing universe, and its sequals continued to do so until GTA4. When something means so much to you, and then someone goes and begins to ruin it, you would take it very personal to. Thus why GTA4 will always be a failure in most peoples minds.

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Comment #26 by ciyinyde
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 07:55:24 PM
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This game didnt get me back into gaming in my twenties. That would be reserved for 007 and Turok 2 on the 64. After I had heard about this at work I dont think I ever touched my 64 again lol. This paved the way for the playstation era in my life, until gta 4 on the 360. Crazy how certain games sway you into buying a system isnt it.

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Comment #27 by EvilTrovis
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 08:05:23 PM
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@19 It's not Bungie, it's 343 Industries.

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Comment #28 by JedEgan
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 09:14:23 PM
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I can remember launch day so vividly, great memories of a great time, both in and outside of the game itself.

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Comment #29 by macd
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @ 10:37:05 PM
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I loved this game. Had it on PC until it broke. Later got it on Xbox. For my money, it is still the best GTA game.

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Comment #30 by mjc0961
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 01:53:14 AM
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Now if only Rockstar would do something more than just re-release the game for the damned iPad to celebrate. PSN and Xbox Live are sitting right there in front of Rockstar being ignored in favor of some tablet with sloppy touch screen controls that will never be as responsive as a nice trusty controller. WTF.

@3: No, no you won't be playing it properly on iOS.

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Comment #31 by fresh fish 101
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 02:12:26 AM
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you're a good writer =)

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Comment #32 by SpongebobRoundpants
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 02:53:04 AM
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Vice City was best!

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Comment #33 by Peck4
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 03:44:30 AM
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I almost shitted myself 'cause I thought that they've maked a remake with achievements... but it was GTAIV :|

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Comment #34 by Twerps
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 04:56:06 AM
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Loved GTA 3, still Vice City for me though.

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Comment #35 by Caramel Cardinal
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 05:52:50 AM
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awsome game, and deffo in need of a hd remake along with Vice City and San andreas

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Comment #36 by Darc Apocalypse
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 06:15:10 AM
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Bought it on friday... full GTA set for a fiver.. best deal I've seen on there for a while!
Although it'll mostly have to wait til I've finished 4 again :P

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Comment #37 by LOL4ever
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 06:17:28 AM
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One of my favorite games of all time. Can`t believe it`s 10 years ago now. Now I feel old ;P

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Comment #38 by master_shake_350
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 07:00:17 AM
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#1 must have been to young to play the game. This game is the reason I feel in love with GTA series and I must admit I was 13 when I played it, but I have not killed someone so its ok.

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Comment #39 by GreaseMonkeyGB
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 07:20:19 AM
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I remember when this game came out, it was selling out everywhere, and its no suprise because it was awesome. I used to mod the hell out of the PC version.

Also.. Pogo the monkey adverts :D

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Comment #40 by Quantum Resolve
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 07:56:31 AM
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I miss playing this game :(

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Comment #41 by lknockton92
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 08:24:38 AM
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Thank you, an interesting read. Makes me think what really drew me into being a gamer, I guess it was the orignal Metal Gear Solid, completing it over and over again, happy memories.

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Comment #42 by GeneralOnx
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 09:50:30 AM
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Before Grand Theft Auto III there was only one game I could rely on for a sand-box type game. That game was Driver 2 for the original Playstation. Imagine going from Driver 2 to GTA III. Yeah it friggin blew my mind, and I spent about 200 hours on it. I enjoyed reading this article. I just bought the GTA series on Steam before it went on sale for $50. Still a good deal but now Steam is practically giving them away for the 10 year anniversary. I suggest you purchase them and have another round in Liberty, and Vice.

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Comment #43 by Arron114
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 11:17:46 AM
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Well written Dan. Really enjoyed that. I bought this when I was 16 with a bounced cheque in Dixons. Good times.

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Comment #44 by Ultimo Godzilla
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 11:28:21 AM
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Good memories. I remember when gaming was fun and now we have these people who act like it's the end of the world if they suck at a game, online and/or off.

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Comment #45 by NeoSant
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 12:12:54 PM
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These is epic, this game starts all the GTA franchise. But, for me, the best will always be Vice city

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Comment #46 by BBDrew84
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 12:42:30 PM
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I really enjoyed this article as well. I remember standing in line at Best Buy to get this the first day. I stayed up all night playing it and skipped CEM 105 and MTH 125 the next day to play it even more. It was the start of procrastinating my responsibilities for brief moments to play some video games.

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Comment #47 by Len lfc
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 01:29:41 PM
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@22 I loved it! When it first came out it felt like there was literally nothing you couldn't do! But I loved Vice City more, the 80's Miami setting was so beautiful & the music was just perfect! San Andreas you literally could do anything you wanted & that game was perfect. but as @23 said GTAIII was the catalyst for it all, & without it we would not have had VC or SA.

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Comment #48 by kelnoker
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 01:50:27 PM
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that's also the game that hooked me when younger. fucking classic.

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Comment #49 by Daniel55645
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 01:50:46 PM
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@#1, why the hell does he have 45 negative votes?

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Comment #50 by bennifer3000
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 02:13:55 PM
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Great game.

That easter egg is still the best in any GTA.
I remember trying to fly that damn Dodo to Carcer so much back in the day.

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Comment #51 by Crimson Ridley
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 04:06:26 PM
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I remember playing this for the first time. Absolutely mind-blowing! I first played it over at a friend's house and after I had left I ran straight home and told my mother that all I wanted for Christmas was a PS2 and GTA III. I got my wish, though the PS2 didn't work and I had to wait until the next day to play GTA 3. I don't like the game as much anymore, as Vice City spoiled me, but I'll always remember falling in love with GTA - more, as I did love the first 3 games - from that moment on. One line that has stayed with me forever was spoken in this game, right at the end of the bridge at the beginning (in my case); "My mother's my sister!".

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Comment #52 by MediumMelanin
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 04:18:34 PM
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Grand Theft Auto Vice City > Grand Theft Auto III

But all love all my Grand Theft Auto games, there's just a different feeling in each!

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Comment #53 by StillTIPPIN187
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 04:51:56 PM
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This game should be put in HD on the current gen consoles.. It would be a bigger hit than on iOS.. although, i will be buying it for iOS.

Vice City was the game that got me into gaming strongly.. and GTAIV was the game that got me BACK into gaming.. i had been over the crap up untill GTAIV..

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Comment #54 by Frazerz1990
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 05:01:13 PM
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Good memories of that game

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Comment #55 by Masta Mylez
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 06:02:15 PM
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GTA3, back when your skill on an online shooter or gamerscore didn't matter. GTA 4 LIFE

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Comment #56 by The Clutch Hand
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 06:46:44 PM
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" I see nothing but good things for you my boy." Salvatore. GTA III was one of my favorite games for the Ps2. Of course the releases after GTA III were better but GTA III was so epic. The voice acting enivornment and characters were amzing! I still remember driving in a replica BMW through the Mob territory areas just blasting italian oprea music like a boss lol

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Comment #57 by IIIII Matt IIIII
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 07:38:54 PM
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i would love to see a Vice City 2 with Tommy Vercetti making a comeback !!

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Comment #58 by frankq831
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 08:11:45 PM
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The first thing i did when playing this game? beat an old lady to death with a baseball bat haha good times

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Comment #59 by mrawesome2319
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 12:44:53 AM
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i would like to see the 3 last gen GTA games remastered in an HD collection.

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Comment #60 by domn8rdom
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 01:15:09 AM
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Morrowind!!! definitely hooked me for life on gaming

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Comment #61 by El Presidente
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 02:18:59 AM
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Great article, would love to read more of this kind of stuff - always brings me back to mine own gaming memories as well :)

The one that started the first age of gaming for me was Zelda on the SNES - but the one that got me back there after an off-time and shaped my personal way of life (today I'm a game jornalist as well :D ) was Max Payne 2 - never before have I experienced a game having such an emotional impact, it was mature, dramatic, melancholic and nvertheless one of the ebst times I ever had with a game. :)

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Comment #62 by sniper mantis
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 05:05:25 AM
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the memories :) me and my mates were so addicted to this....we even started making up our own games on it: "smugglers run" take a fast yet weak car, park it in ur 1st island garage, do the "6 star army" cheat, then drive ur car (with imaginary drugs in) from the 1st island garage to the 3rd island garage..."IF" u make it, quickest score wins :)

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Comment #63 by Eazynem Makaveli
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 05:21:01 AM
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@58 Pathetic.

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Comment #64 by kmpdk14
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 06:07:02 AM
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the game that really defined my gaming career was Age of empires 3. Before then id owned and sold the N64 and playstation 2 couldn't get into them. But i tried the trial of age of empires 3 and thought awesome, i actually turned out to be one of the best at the treaty mode which was released with the war chiefs add on. Ironically it became that difficult to get a game which led me to buy an xbox. The game which then turned me into the achievement hunter i am today was bioshock. Its now come full circle with my addiction to age of empires online now with achievements!!!! I do miss the treaty from age of empires 3 but, the micro managing in economy and the epic 3 hour battles ill never forget! I missed so much uni for that game! AOE 3 i also happened to meet one of my best mates, who i now play every co op game with even though i live in Perth and he lives in Melbourne.

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Comment #65 by KyleStewart84
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 07:41:36 AM
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i remember playing this game and i still have this game til this day. i just wish that they can bring it to the 360

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Comment #66 by Light Hunter
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 07:57:43 AM
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Vice City all the way 8D

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Comment #67 by xx Flunky xx
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 08:08:21 AM
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Ok, so i was about 6 or 7 when this came out and i remember my parents always supervising what i watched (protective at the time), so i would go to my uncles every weekend to play a game where a kid's imagination could go off the charts! this game was ground-breaking! Who else thinks they should incorporate :
-Gas for cars (buying gas)
- Pilot's License
- the health of the character (refer to San Andreas)
- multiple story changing decisions
- potentially aging, being sick, different effects on the character.
Reply with your thoughts :)

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Comment #68 by elott
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 10:16:40 AM
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I dowloaded this from a "P2P" site back in mid 2002 not knowing what it really was..WOW..was I shocked...It was the most fun I had ever had playing a game...It was a "magic moment" for me. I became a gamer again..after almost 10 years of not playing games I was hooked again.
Will always have fond memories of this game.

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Comment #69 by HitmanHTC
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 10:24:41 AM
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Wow. The exact same story as me. What really hooked me on gaming was watching my older cousin play GTA III and I was mindblown by the sandbox element and how you could just roam around an open world.

10 years later here I am!

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Comment #70 by Hoodavillan
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 12:03:04 PM
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Grand Theft Auto III was one of a kind. If you haven't played you missed out on a great gaming experience

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Comment #71 by Aupex
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 12:09:04 PM
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i cant wait for 2012 where apparently the next gta is coming out
it kinda takes my mind of the whole world ending thing lol

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Comment #72 by Ethereal235
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 01:20:09 PM
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A lot of gamers seem to underestimate how GTA III transformed the gaming industry, at least in the US. It wasn't the first sandbox style game, but it was the first to be noticed, and it paved the way for other open-world games. Without it, American games, even ones with completely different themes and styles (thinking of Oblivion/Fallout3) wouldn't be the same.

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Comment #73 by Lucas McCain
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 04:11:05 PM
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GTA III had such a huge impact on the industry, and on us as gamers. Well, those of us who are old enough to have played it at the time. The open world, sandbox style gameplay it introduced has had ripples that extended far beyond its genre of game. I will think of it every time I hear "Mi Bambino Caro" for as long as I live. One of the greatest and most influential games of all time.

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Comment #74 by MCFC Blue Nose
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 02:51:43 AM
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Unfortunately never managed to complete it, got up to the bit were you have to shoot down the plane & get the packages, might have to revisit it, quality game though

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Comment #75 by High Lord Sigma
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 03:40:11 AM
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I'm ashamed to admit that I have never played GTA III, even though I have family members who have it.

Anyway, the games that really got me into gaming are:

1. Pokémon Red: I had an NES with Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt as a young boy, but this was the first game that really hooked me into its world. I remember yelling in joy when a Pokémon started evolving.

2. Super Smash Bros. Melee: What the first game started, this one perfected. This was the first game that I ever played competitively. It wasn't on an MLG or professional level, mind you. However, this and the next game on the list are the main reasons why I'm a competitive gamer.

3. Halo: Combat Evolved: Seriously, what can I say about this game that hasn't been said by others thousands of times over? This was my first real FPS experience, as the popular N64 shooters were ones I never owned or played. The game was mind-blowing at the time, and this was when I was approaching the age of ten and thus had no idea of what the game would become in the competitive community. My parents took the game away from me due to its M rating, so I didn't really get to play and appreciate Halo: CE and Halo 2 in with this again until I became a teenager shortly before Halo 2 came out.

4. Skies of Arcadia: Legends: This game got me hooked into my other favorite genre, RPGs. I don't even remember how I got it, but this became my favorite game for a long time. I used to write down every single piece of information that I could possibly need to know on a piece of paper, which I consulted throughout the game. That alone speaks volumes to how much sheer content is in this game.

5. Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword (No subtitle in English): This game holds a special place in my heart, as it fostered a love of all things strategy for me. The main reason is less to do with the game itself and more to do with the people I've met and become friends with as a result of discussing it. And thus, the final entry on the list is . . .

6. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind: As Skies of Arcadia: Legend made me a fan of Japanese RPGs, Morrowind made me a fan of Western RPGs. All of my interest in Mass Effect, Fallout, and so forth all began here. That I still mock the old man who asks for your astrological sign so many years later should show how much this game has stuck with me.

If you've made it through my wall of a post, I commend you. Thanks for reading.

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Comment #76 by DeekBoy
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 03:47:58 AM
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I feel like I need to sip on a glass of rum while I watch that.

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Comment #77 by The Finn
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 04:39:14 AM
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Damn I was 12 when it came out. That and MGS2 were the games that I played first on a PS2. Now that was awesome.

GTA 3 is by far my favourite GTA to date. Can still pretty much picture the whole first island in my head. Didn't have a memory card when I first got it, so played through up until you get to the 2nd island like every day. So awesome :D

Should absolutely be re-released with Cheevo's. Don't know if I'd want them to remake it as they'd just go and transplant III into the IV engine and I'd rather shoot myself in the ballsack than that happen.

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Comment #78 by Baihu1983
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 06:13:30 AM
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Comment #79 by Jack12
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 06:34:15 AM
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I've found out via Xbox's Facebook page (Xbox UK) that a a GTA 5 trailer will be coming next week.

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Comment #80 by Murdogg
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 06:53:13 AM
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GTA 3 was da first GTA game with proper graphics!

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Comment #81 by leftoverzombie
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 07:01:05 AM
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fuck i miss that game.
it needs to be on XBLA!!

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Comment #82 by shootmeup
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 07:24:45 AM
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damn i cant believe its been 10 yrs. GTA 3 still holds up though. a seminal game that raised the bar higher that many thought possible.

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Comment #83 by UberPirateNinja
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 10:24:56 AM
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10 years? holy crapola. i played the guts out of this, was great for just messing around in, ignoring the story. prefer the silent protagonist in gta3 to the voice acted guys in vice city/san andreas.

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Comment #84 by Puff Braddy
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 01:38:57 PM
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GTAIII > SA >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> VC

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Comment #86 by Dps120390
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 02:54:05 PM
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@85 no GTA 3 came out in 2001 and took place in 2001 , liberty city stories was based in 1997 or 1998

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Comment #87 by Wehttam
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 03:09:51 PM
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This was my favourite GTA, then afterwards I have to say GTA 4. Hopefully 5 is good too.

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Comment #88 by Mikeyspinkick
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 07:50:27 PM
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So, what I'm hearing is...release for XBLA?

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Comment #89 by BlamelessSoul
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 @ 12:52:34 AM
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wow isnt number one cool, your like my dumb friend who refuses to watch star wars

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Comment #90 by Kroesis
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 @ 11:14:32 AM
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Well, from that video you can see how it's aged but I remember playing this religiously and loved every second of it! Looking forward to seeing what they'll do with GTA V.

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Comment #91 by The Hammer of Walsh
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 @ 05:44:14 PM
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Really love all of Rock Stars Games. Gta Vice City mostly. Can't wait for the next installment, which I believe is unveiled on the 2 of November.

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Comment #92 by TheGreenxRanger
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 @ 07:28:52 PM
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still my favorite game of all time

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Comment #93 by DanielH
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 @ 10:12:50 PM
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i remember playing GTA 3, along with playing:

GTA 1, London, 2, 3, Vice City, San Andreas, 4, The Lost And The Damned, The Ballad Of Gay Tony, Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stores.

out of all that, GTA 3, Vice City and GTA 4 with the 2 DLC, i liked

now get GTA V up and runing and i'll get it.

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Comment #94 by the2fly
Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 02:56:48 AM
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sutch a great game!

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Comment #95 by Tomtam
Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 06:05:28 AM
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I remember that I used the ammo cheat and then started killing people and went to war with the cops until they killed me... good times.

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Comment #96 by Priestyboy
Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 06:16:43 AM
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pfff average!! kingdom hearts was the best playstaion 2 game ever i hope it gets it's 10th year aniversary in 2012 a game that is actually worth it.

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Comment #97 by chrisy33m
Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 09:22:10 AM
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gta san andreas was my favurate by far :D

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Comment #98 by Man On The Run
Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 01:02:54 PM
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Nice read Webb, very insightful and well written. Ive still got quite a few problems of my own and i to am a similar age to yourself. Although having never fell out of gaming i have been through many times where ive been bored of it or fell out of love for a bit and just not finding it fun. I agree with GTAIII, i never fully got into it when it first released but when it was released in the double pack for the old box i liked it much more. Its easily the most fun GTA ive played excluding to top down games.

Anyway, thanks for sharing webb, always nice to read articles like this.

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Comment #99 by Ped1974
Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 02:07:06 PM
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I remember hearing someone talking about a game where they had sex with a prostitute, then killed her and took their money back. I couldn't believe someone could think of something like that, but that was the beauty of GTA III. Some of the craziest ideas you could think of you could bring to reality in this game. One of my best memories was being frustrated with finding a nice car like the banshee, then getting it jacked from me by some random AI. The solution; go to 8 ball and rig that sucker to blow. The satisfaction of seeing the perp getting blown up while trying to take my car was the best.

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Comment #100 by thefonz1986
Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 08:22:14 PM
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honestly, i think they should remaster GTA3 and the other ones like Bungie is doin for Halo and re-release them for the 360, PS3 and PC...would love to play GTA3 with Hi-Def graphics

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Comment #101 by Motorexskygtr32
Friday, October 28, 2011 @ 06:27:48 AM
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Webb, one thing I want to say this that this company, DMA who developed a game called Body Harvest for N64 started it all. Did you know that DMA Design Ltd. became to the game developer known as Rockstar North?

Personally for me, Body Harvest is the one made me the gamer I am today.

You can take a look at this link about Rockstar North's history, it even mentioned about Body Harvest's play mechancism influence over GTA series.

The truth is if it wasnt for Body Harvest, we wouldn't have GTA III.

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Comment #102 by KaineyStar
Friday, October 28, 2011 @ 06:42:45 AM
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i love Gta 3

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Comment #103 by FrAnK5411
Friday, October 28, 2011 @ 06:51:26 AM
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i was 5 when tthis come out my bro was 9 he got it on ps2 i remember him playing it everyday till he did everything i didnt understand why untill i played it myself,it was mindblowing they should definatley remake it.Because GTA iv is just boring now.Of course you can play Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories but its not the same,it hasnt got that feel you know so they shold definatley reamake it as well as San Andreas and Vice City because they were the games that shaped our time

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Comment #104 by SUBLIMETROJAN5
Friday, October 28, 2011 @ 12:00:53 PM
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Comment #105 by iKsquar3
Saturday, October 29, 2011 @ 02:33:33 PM
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love all the gta series

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Comment #106 by AgEnT STARZz
Saturday, October 29, 2011 @ 05:10:08 PM
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Vice City was my Favourite GTA game after 1! The 1st game that i tried to 100% was FF VII but i was already hooked as a gamer by then

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Comment #107 by Destro
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 06:35:57 PM
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guess i made the error of playing Vice City first... well its what made me discover the GTA so well... Had so much fun with Vice City... played GTA3 later... damn it was blank compare to the awesomeness of VC... Barely could finish it... Sorry but a hero who dosen't speak in a gangster game... lol no way

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Comment #108 by DeadXGenocide
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 07:05:42 PM
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Ten years ago I first experienced GTA3,I feel in love with it and I begin my path of being a GTA psychopath. I had and still am klling people to this day,I aim for million dead hahahahahahahahahahahahahhaahha *coughs* sorry I lost control of myself >:D

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Comment #109 by Miikey 20x
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 @ 02:24:04 AM
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"I know a place on the edge of the Red Light District where we can lay low, but my hands are all messed up so you better drive, brother"

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Comment #110 by Nerotacular
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 @ 05:37:08 AM
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They should remake, GTA 3 and Vice City. But also allow San Andreas to be played on Xbox Live and add achievements. To all Xbox Originals even if its just 200G, better than nothing.

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Comment #111 by Machew8472
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 @ 08:45:16 AM
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ive been hooked on games since the very 1st computer game i played many many moons ago..

it was on the old amstrad home computer and it was only one of those budget £1.99 games "harrier jump jet" i think it was called, flying a plane in the skies, dodging other planes while trying to drop bombs on the ships.. i was in heaven.

well.. that was it, that very next xmas i had badgered my mum and dad enough.. they got me my first computer a spectrum 128k +2.. and so it began and has never stopped.

happy 10th GTA3.. cheers

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Comment #112 by boond0ck 83
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 @ 09:10:58 AM
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This is pretty much the first game I could find myself playing for 6, 7, 8 hours or more straight. Before this game, I might play for a couple hours, but NEVER spend an entire day doing nothing but playing the same game. Ahh, memories. Now if only I still had the time to do that.

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Comment #113 by voidreaper21
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 @ 01:45:38 PM
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@1 how very dare you

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Comment #114 by BsE Bloodbath
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 03:28:25 AM
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Agreeed with #113!
GTA3 was by far the best one :D

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Comment #115 by HareJordan23
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 03:18:56 PM
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good game but wheres the news at this has been here for a while now

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Comment #116 by StolenKyle/
Thursday, November 03, 2011 @ 01:55:52 PM
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Fuck I can't believe its been 10 years already!
I remember when I was 10 years old when this came out for the first time. And I remember watching gameplay on it, but my dad didn't let me get it :( So I had to go to my best friends house every day begging to play for hours, then eventually they let me buy it. I thought the 3rd one was easily the game to get me into everything to, besides Halo 2.

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Comment #117 by i like conker
Thursday, November 03, 2011 @ 04:33:25 PM
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whats wrong with #1 comment just because he never played a game you guys all want to talk shit and thumbs down him. only fags do that thumbs down shit

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Comment #118 by i like conker
Thursday, November 03, 2011 @ 04:35:03 PM
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whats wrong with #1 comment just because he never played a game you guys all want to talk shit and thumbs down him. only fags do that thumbs down shit

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Comment #119 by mksystem74
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 02:07:57 PM
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-129 lol, I feel so loved. I was only stating that I didn't play the game, and no a days with so many games coming out I'll probably never go back and play some of the games I missed. I haven't played a lot of classic PS2 games. I was 15 when it came out and for some reason I hated FPS and Open World games back then. Who knows why.

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Comment #120 by ruisleipa
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 05:10:10 PM
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@1 + @119

Yeah man that's impressive! -129. Wow. You win for most negative comments (not from me I might add) ever!

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Comment #121 by EeyoreGoesRoar
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 06:11:29 PM
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Great post. San An changed everything for me.

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Comment #122 by RY1987
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 06:58:18 PM
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not all its cracked upto really,games like tomb raider and grand theft auto just get a lucky break from extra advertisement and people attach onto it and then they end up becoming so called classic games.yes i have bought every tomb raider,played about a level and gave up.had every grand theft auto,even psp games yet never got past about 20% in a grand theft auto before moving onto another game.this is far from the best game on the ps2,that would have to be onimusha dawn of dreams. onimusha is the series that really needs a remake rather than the rubbish they keep remaking for ps3 or even xbox 360, sly trilogy,what even is sly,zone of enders ,never heard of it.metal gear solid trilogy doesnt even include the original which is the only one ever worth playing.i would like to see a hd remake of grand theft auto,any game would buy it but as usual probably not play it for long.this game was a big change for the gaming market and brought about even better games like saints row now onto its third instant classic

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Comment #123 by AcidPT
Saturday, November 05, 2011 @ 07:05:02 AM
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I remember going through the same, but with Vice City. I watched some friends play and was so blown away that I just had to get a PS2 to play it... and here I am today. Long live GTA!

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Comment #124 by DarkBladesz
Saturday, November 05, 2011 @ 10:23:26 AM
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GtA san andreas was a beast game but this is boss to.

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Comment #125 by Waggie2K10
Saturday, November 05, 2011 @ 03:33:25 PM
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grand theft auto 3 certainly made me who i am, it was the pioneer of my gaming start in 2001, this was one of the best games i played, i love playing the sega megadrive, and ps1, and when the ps2 came out then i went crazy, the games started getting graphicly better, as this is a fine example, i just hope rockstar keep up with the series and dont end it after the 6th or so, i hope V will make the NO.1 best selling game in the whole entire industry!

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Comment #126 by XxBlueSpade2xX
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 01:50:54 AM
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Really a great article! Well done.

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Comment #127 by ginge88isfun
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 @ 07:40:33 AM
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I was 12 when this bad boy came out, I remember skipping school just to play this game time and time again.

Really kept me hooked as a gamer through high school, I no longer have a PS2 so I can't play this classic anymore, and my PC can't handle anything from after the PS1 in terms of games.

Reading this brought back fond memories.

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Comment #128 by TheGreenxRanger
Thursday, November 10, 2011 @ 07:02:09 PM
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i had never played a game like this until my friend brought it over to my house. after playing it once i was hooked. ive beat every gta game since including 3 and 4 100 percent

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Comment #129 by Dr Popodopolus
Saturday, November 12, 2011 @ 05:16:03 PM
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Good read!

Timesplitters 2.

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Comment #130 by Mario Reborn
Monday, November 14, 2011 @ 03:33:17 PM
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The first game I can remember playing for hours on end without making any story or character progression at all, just simply roaming the city in a Banshee seeing how many pedestrians I was allowed to kill until the police would notice.
All those hours of my life i'll never get back... Wouldn't change them for anyhting else!

Here's to you, Grand Theft Auto 3 - and the hope that, one day, I can play you and see the words "Achievement Unlocked" at the same time.

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Comment #131 by redman7879
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 @ 08:21:00 AM
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tis the greatest game today

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Comment #132 by tictacsnake88
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 @ 02:57:22 PM
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I have to say this is definitely the game that got me into gaming. I didn't have a ps2 when it cane out and I didn't even know anout it until I moved in with my brother and he bought it. I played it day and night for months and probably beat it 5+ times I love this game can't wait for the next Grand Theft Auto it is gonna be great

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Comment #133 by KFZ Scrubs
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 @ 03:28:27 AM
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mega lol to first comment

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Comment #134 by J-NaDa
Thursday, November 17, 2011 @ 07:53:34 PM
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I saw that ambulance picture and started laughing. Good times playing this game. I was just thinking about pulling GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas out of retirement. Working for the mafia was the greatest. The Mafia Sentinal was incredible. From the glitches (I loved driving around in the indestructible limo) to the cheats to just overall great game play, this game was truly an all star.

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Comment #135 by Ultras500
Thursday, November 17, 2011 @ 11:56:01 PM
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As much as I loved this game, for me it will always be the original GTA that got me into gaming. For some reason I could never get into Vice City, something about it being set in the 80s I didn't like and so spent all my time on GTA3

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Comment #136 by LeafRaider
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 @ 12:20:29 PM
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10 years old already? Really? Oh how time flies...

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Comment #137 by Xyrus420
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @ 04:44:28 PM
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Greatest sand box game ever, although FF 7 started my gaming career, awesome game tho

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Comment #138 by slostenracing
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 02:57:33 AM
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I was 16 when this game out and what I recall more than anything is that I was more interested in driving around this large game world then I was the real world.

Although I have to say the game that really got me into spending hours upon hours on games was Ocarina of Time. Sure it wasn't as "sandboxy?" as GTA III but I probably spent a handful of hours just riding from place to place on the horse and a good chunk just fishing for the hell of it

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Comment #139 by syckrhythm
Monday, December 05, 2011 @ 12:16:43 AM
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never really been a fan of playing GTA games, I didn't mind watching people play them tho lol

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Comment #140 by haydo1801
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 06:34:17 AM
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Comment #141 by x Good0g x
Friday, December 09, 2011 @ 05:36:22 AM
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I can't understand why people like GTA so much... it's so ordinary.

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Comment #142 by ThatSexyLlama
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 08:09:56 PM
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I played this when I was 7, finished it completely, hard to believe right? I'm 15 at the moment, I've been a gamer ever since I was 4 and played Pokemon Red/Blue on the GameBoy Colour, ahh, so many memories! :3

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Comment #143 by Priestyboy
Sunday, December 11, 2011 @ 11:01:06 AM
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gta games are overated pls stop making gta games rock star

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Comment #144 by theNomad
Sunday, December 11, 2011 @ 02:53:47 PM
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I totally agree Motorexskygtr32 Body Harvest was so damned special, so much to do you didn't even need to bother with the story. They made a few references to it with GTA games, and without a question 'GTA series wouldn't be the games they are without Body Harvest'

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Comment #145 by DubIaught
Sunday, December 11, 2011 @ 09:18:07 PM
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Classics are the best.

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Comment #146 by Slayinfool
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 06:51:38 PM
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Comment #147 by Black Dahlia
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 07:27:07 PM
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pretty sure if you tapped X the sprint was unlimited anyway

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Comment #148 by PMS Green1Chaos
Thursday, December 15, 2011 @ 09:11:24 PM
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I played Grand Theft Auto 3 at a cousins house in Virginia Beach. Thats what got me into the GTA franchise.

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Comment #149 by stevebaker28
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ 08:55:59 AM
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The game got me into gaming was Resident Evil 3. I played the shit out of that game! But I bought the ps2 specifically for GTA3. I think I've put hours into that series than any other games I've played combined. If anyone of importance from Rockstar is reading this I too would pay damn good money for you to get some HD collection going. Get the 'stories' games going too as they were solid also in my opinion.

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Comment #150 by CoffeeAddict5
Monday, December 19, 2011 @ 09:04:12 AM
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Nice share Webb. You've brought back some memories. I stopped playing when my then 3 year old wiped out my 99+ hour unfinished save of FF 7 and didn't come back until I watched a friend play COD 4 on a 50 inch plazma, and have been playing ever since. I remember both those days well. Man how things have changed over the years.

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Rockstar North
Rockstar Games


US April 29, 2008
Europe April 29, 2008
Japan October 30, 2008

Resolution: 720p
Sound: Dolby 5.1 Surround
Players: 1
Online Players : 16
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