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2005 Grand Theft Auto Takes Flak for 'Snowball Rage'
GTAGaming.com - General News | @ 11:51 AM MDT | By Neil
WCCO TV of Minneapolis recenty reported on an interesting story involving Grand Theft Auto. In January, 18-year-old Steven Arnold was charged with second-degree assault and criminal vehicular injury. Arnold allegedly drove his car into three High School students after they threw snowballs at his car, hitting one tire.
In an interesting twist, many are now suggesting that Arnold's actions were a direct result of his playing of the Grand Theft Auto series of video games. One of Steven Arnold's friends has informed reporters that they would regularly play games such as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
"The two of them for a lot of hours would play Grand Theft Auto, a game were you run over people on the sidewalk. These games particularly are causing kids to do things they wouldn’t otherwise do."
-- Jack Thompson, Attorney
While there is no evidence to suggest that Grand Theft Auto was in any way involved in this case, it seems unlikely that it could be used as a plausible 'excuse' for this behavior in court. We'll bring updates on this case as they are available.
Source: WCCO: Video Game May Be Used In Snowball Rage Defense
Thanks to Eighthours
2005 San Andreas Nominated for Game Developers Choice Awards
GTA: San Andreas - General News | @ 04:40 PM MDT | By Neil
The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has today announced the nominees for its 5th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas reckognised in 4 categories. Best Game, Best Audio, Best Game Design and Best Writing are all categories for which San Andreas was nominated, alongside other instant hits such as Half-Life 2 and Halo 2.
These awards differ in that it is developers rating other studios' work, and each award is greatly honoured for this reason.
"Thousands of developers voiced their picks during the Choice Awards' open
nominations process. The high prestige of these honors comes from the fact that fellow developers recognize each other's best work."
-- Jason Della Rocca, Executive Director, IGDA
The winners of the awards will be announced on March 9th at a special ceremony during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Complete Listing: Game Developers Choice Awards Nominees
2005 Rockstar North is Hiring!
GTAGaming.com - Rockstar/Take2 News | @ 03:25 PM MDT | By Neil
Rockstar North, the developer behind Grand Theft Auto, is looking to expand their experienced and talented teams working out of the studio in Edinburgh, Scotland. For the successful candidate they offer a highly competitive salary, a working environment second to none and an extensive benefits package. Positions available include Animators, Environment Artists, Level Designers and Programmers. If you think you fit the bill, then head on over to the Rockstar North Website and send them your CV!
Link: Rockstar North
2005 GTA Designer Announces New Game
GTAGaming.com - Rockstar/Take2 News | @ 01:44 PM MDT | By Zidane
The father of the GTA series, David Jones has put out a press statement announcing a new game he will be releasing in association with MU Online.
All Points Bulletin (APB) is a MMORPG that allows players from all over the world to
join gangs in cities all over the digital realm.
"APB is a turf war involving two main factions, the Squads, whose goal is to uphold
the law, and the Gangs, who seek to break the law at all costs. Players will be able
to choose their side, in a classic good guy versus bad guy scenario. The Gangs are
all about graffiti, attitude, custom cars and earning cash any way they can. The
Squads stand for honor, teamwork, firepower and destroying the Gangs. APB will
provide the player with the ultimate customization options from their weapons,
vehicles and clothes to their attitude, music and environment."
It's set to be released in 2007.
Check out the rest here.
More updates will be posted, as they appear.
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