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Rock stars Grand Theft Auto The franchise is one of the best-selling video game series of all time, spawning cult fandom while drawing much controversy for its hyperviolent content. Die-hard fans of the games would be very aware of not only the cheat codes and the many movie and music references, but also the behind-the-scenes buzz behind this popular series.

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The game has never escaped controversy with lawyers and celebrities even threatening to sue Rockstar. But for the video game studio, GTA games have always proven to be more and more profitable with notable stats that loyal fans would still experience.

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Lindsay Lohan sued the creators of GTA 5 but lost the case


Lindsay Lohan

Actress Lindsay Lohan sued Rockstar Games in 2014 after feeling the Grand Theft Auto Lacey Jones’ character was based on her. Lohan claimed the character resembled his physical features, had a similar voice, and even wore clothes that resembled his fashion line.

However, the New York State Court of Appeals judges rejected his plea and added that the character could look like a generic female. Like BBC reported the decision of Judge Eugene Fahey, “[The] the artistic renderings are indistinct and satirical representations of the style, appearance and personality of a modern young woman going to the beach … who is unrecognizable as a complainant, “


Recognized by Guinness World Records as the most controversial game


Angering celebrities, parent groups and many others, the outrageous crimes committed in the Grand Theft Auto The series have sparked a lot of controversy. In fact, the Guinness Book of Records called GTA “the most controversial game franchise in history.”

The Guinness Book official website made this estimate in 2009, noting that the video game series had received more than 4,000 reports and 20 lawsuits for its violence, collection of real crimes and corrupting impact on gamers. With more than a decade, these controversial stories would only have increased.


Ken Rosenberg was inspired by a Sean Penn character


Separate images of Ken Rosenberg and Sean Penn in Carlito's Way

Voiced by William Fitchner, Ken Rosenberg is a lawyer who helps organize drug deals and assist gangsters. While the character is quite popular among fans of City of vice, not many would know that he has similarities to Sean Penn’s character, Dave Kleinfeld from the movie Brian De Palma Carlito’s Way.

For starters, Rosenberg and Kleinfeld wear a similar spectacle frame, and even the interiors of their offices look alike. In addition, both are lawyers and criminal associates and are heavily addicted to cocaine.

London and Manchester are the only real gaming cities


Although RGT places like Vice City and San Andreas are fictional, they can be compared to real cities in America. Tracing the British origins of the franchise, the second installment Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 featured its titular city. The English capital is also mentioned by name in HD and 3D Universe games, implying its presence in the RGT continuity.


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Manchester was also featured as part of the expansion pack Grand Theft Auto: London 1961. This makes London and Manchester the only real locations in the game series.

James Bond’s car is reinvented as the JB 700


Among the many cars featured in the James Bond franchise, the Aston Martin DB5 was a top choice. The car has appeared in old Bond classics like The golden finger and recent releases like Fall from the sky.

Appearing in GTA 5 and GTA Online, the JB 700 is presented as an elegant 2-door sports car. The ride is very similar to the aforementioned DB5 and the JB in its title might also allude to James Bond himself. Additionally, Legendary Motorsport’s description of the car includes its clientele as drunk and misogynist British spies.


A Russian outfit was called the “GTA Gang”


GTA Gang members sentenced to life in Moscow

the RGT the franchise may have many gangs, but the influence of games is such that the Russian media has dubbed a real gang after them. The so-called “GTA gang” included terrorists and murderers who attacked drivers on a Moscow highway.

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The gang’s origins date back to 2012 and it continued to operate until its members were apprehended in a shootout in 2014. The Moscow Times further reported that five members of the “GTA gang” were sentenced to life imprisonment in 2018.

GTA is the fifth best-selling video game franchise


GTA 5 Online most viewed on Twitch 2021

While the first two installments of the Grand Theft Auto franchise are cult classics in their own right, it is Grand Theft Auto III as the franchise began to grow both in popularity and in sales. After the success of Vice City and San Andreas, sales of the games have only skyrocketed. With GTA 5 Being ported to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the game became the best-selling game in the franchise with 155 million copies sold worldwide (according to estimates by Statistical).


As mentioned in The player, the ever-growing popularity of RGT made the series the fifth best-selling video game franchise of all time with 335 million copies sold collectively.

Co-creator David Jones also created Lemmings


Split images of David Jones and the cover of Lemmings

1997 Grand Theft Auto is the game that started it all. This was the brainchild of Scottish video game developer David Jones who was also involved in the development of the 1999 follow-up. Grand Theft Auto 2.

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If there’s another video game franchise that Jones is most popular for, it’s the lemmings puzzle / strategy video game series. Jones was a designer and programmer for the years 1991 lemmings, a game that required players to save the titular creatures through a series of obstacles. The game turned out to be a huge bestseller and Jones was involved in four more lemmings games since then.


GTA 5 is full of Red Dead Redemption Easter eggs


Separate images from the Red Dead book and an NPC wearing a John Marston t-shirt in GTA V

Everybody knows that Red Dead Redemption is arguably one of the best Rockstar games outside of Grand Theft Auto. Western-era games character John Marston appears in unexpected places in GTA 5.

For example, the non-playable characters of Los Santos appear to be wearing a red t-shirt with John Marston’s face printed on it. Likewise, some have also found a book called “Red Dead” in Franklin’s house in Vinewood Hills. The book is also written by a certain person called “J Marston” which could involve John or his bibliophile son Jack.

San Andreas was written by DJ Pooh


DJ Pooh in Grand Theft Auto Online

Legendary record producer DJ Pooh has collaborated with hip-hop heavyweights like Ice Cube and 2Pac. Over the years, Pooh has also embarked on other endeavors like screenwriting and dubbing. This is where his RGT the connection goes into the picture.


When it comes to video games, Pooh has been a screenwriter and co-producer of the fan-favorite classic. San Andreas. For GTA 5, not only was he a creative consultant but he also acted as a DJ on the radio station “West Coast Classics”. Pooh is also featured as a minor character in the Cayo Perico Heist update for GTA Online. Thus, the musician was a full member of the RGT crew.

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