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GTA in The Guinness Book of World Records 2009

As you might have guessed, we're having a slow news period at the moment, so here's something that may be of interest while we're waiting for some updates in the GTA universe.

According to the 2009 Guinness Book of World Records, the Grand Theft Auto franchise holds the following records:

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• Most Successful Entertainment Product Launch
On April 29, 2008, Grand Theft Auto IV generated $310 million of sales worldwide in one day, five times the revenue generated by The Dark Knight in its first 24 hours of release.

• Most Controversial Video Game Series
The GTA franchise has been the most consistently controversial game franchise in history. Over 4,000 stories news stories have been published about it, with accusations ranging from glamorized violence, alleged connection with real-life crimes, and the presumed corruption of gamers. Numerous lawsuits have also been leveled against Rockstar Games. GTA IV was evened banned in Thailand!

• Largest Voice Cast in a Video Game
GTA IV boasts a total credited cast of 861 voice actors, including 174 actors playing named characters, DJs, and TV voiceovers. Many of the additional 687 voices were volunteered by people who just wanted a chance to be heard in the game.

• Highest Production Budget
In an interview with The Times in April 2008, GTA's producer Leslie Benzies estimated that production costs on GTA IV reached $100 million, smashing the previous record of $70 million set by Sega's Shenmue.

• Largest Grand Theft Auto Environment
GTA: San Andreas features the largest playing area in the series. Up to four times larger than the other GTA titles, it contains three cities, 12 towns, and many miles of virtual countryside with an area of roughly 17 square miles.

• Largest In-Game Soundtrack
GTA IV features 18 radio stations playing 218 licensed tracks, beating the previous record of 156 songs set in GTA: San Andreas.

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Is it any wonder we love GTA so much?

[Many thanks to Stoic Person Eater for originally posting this in our forums]


Posted On 11th Mar 2009 By DuffMan
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Comment by Stoic Person Eater posted on 11th Mar 2009:

I'm playing tonight in honor of these records. Hit me up for some MP action.


Comment by bOnEs posted on 11th Mar 2009:

QUOTE
Highest Production Budget
In an interview with The Times in April 2008, GTA's producer Leslie Benzies estimated that production costs on GTA IV reached $100 million, smashing the previous record of $70 million set by Sega's Shenmue.

sega's what?!? laugh.gif...


Comment by werewolf23 posted on 11th Mar 2009:

QUOTE(DuffMan @ Mar 11 2009, 12:47 PM) View Original Post
As you might have guessed, we're having a slow news period at the moment, so here's something that may be of interest while we're waiting for some updates in the GTA universe.

According to the 2009 Guinness Book of World Records, the Grand Theft Auto franchise holds the following records:

---

Most Successful Entertainment Product Launch
On April 29, 2008, Grand Theft Auto IV generated $310 million of sales worldwide in one day, five times the revenue generated by The Dark Knight in its first 24 hours of release.

Most Controversial Video Game Series
The GTA franchise has been the most consistently controversial game franchise in history. Over 4,000 stories news stories have been published about it, with accusations ranging from glamorized violence, alleged connection with real-life crimes, and the presumed corruption of gamers. Numerous lawsuits have also been leveled against Rockstar Games. GTA IV was evened banned in Thailand!

Largest Voice Cast in a Video Game
GTA IV boasts a total credited cast of 861 voice actors, including 174 actors playing named characters, DJs, and TV voiceovers. Many of the additional 687 voices were volunteered by people who just wanted a chance to be heard in the game.

Highest Production Budget
In an interview with The Times in April 2008, GTA's producer Leslie Benzies estimated that production costs on GTA IV reached $100 million, smashing the previous record of $70 million set by Sega's Shenmue.

Largest Grand Theft Auto Environment
GTA: San Andreas features the largest playing area in the series. Up to four times larger than the other GTA titles, it contains three cities, 12 towns, and many miles of virtual countryside with an area of roughly 17 square miles.

Largest In-Game Soundtrack
GTA IV features 18 radio stations playing 218 licensed tracks, beating the previous record of 156 songs set in GTA: San Andreas.

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Is it any wonder we love GTA so much?

[Many thanks to Stoic Person Eater for originally posting this in our forums]



GTA:SA was only around 17 square miles? It seemed a lot bigger when you're in there.


Comment by Massacre posted on 11th Mar 2009:

I think think the 17 square miles part was only referring to the countryside, which still seems a little low.


Comment by The Asthenia posted on 11th Mar 2009:

Nope, it's referring to the full game. That's alot of space if you think about it.


Comment by bOnEs posted on 11th Mar 2009:

i thought fallout 3 was suppose to be bigger than that... i heard the estimated square mileage was about 20 miles...


Comment by The Mekstizzle posted on 11th Mar 2009:

"We love GTA" you say? Ha yeah right, most of you internet wankers have been hating on GTA IV for god knows how long.


Comment by TwoFacedTanner posted on 11th Mar 2009:

QUOTE(The Mekstizzle @ Mar 11 2009, 05:45 PM) View Original Post
"We love GTA" you say? Ha yeah right, most of you internet wankers have been hating on GTA IV for god knows how long.



GTA IV isnt the only GTA. Haha.

And I'll admit its a love hate thing for me. I love the game, but when Im spending 20+ mins running from the cops because of bastards spawning inches away from the end of the zone, I hate it.
I love the game, but then hate it when I get killed running from the police because Niko/Johnny cant climb a fence because they're old.
I love the game, but then I hate it when I get a wanted level for throwing a molotov cocktail down in a dead end alley whos only inhabitants are the three bums I just lit on fire. No witnesses, yet I still get a wanted level.


Comment by Mora32 posted on 11th Mar 2009:

i think that the character that you are in the game should be able to work at a restaurant or a fast food place or another different business


Comment by alooper21 posted on 12th Mar 2009:

seen as time is "compressed" 60 times "1 game minute is one real life second) maybe the spaces should be seen like that too, only multiplied by 100? or 1000? or even better, grab a car which speed can be estimated in mph, run it on a road at it's fastest, with no collisions, and see how much you can cover in one "hour". maybe some cheats would be needed for that to help avoiding cars. or a mood to show the mph display on the hud. best locations for such test is las venturas, going either for the desert or for the "squared" highway.


Comment by neko_ceko posted on 12th Mar 2009:

Yay cool


Comment by werewolf23 posted on 12th Mar 2009:

QUOTE(Mora32 @ Mar 11 2009, 09:23 PM) View Original Post
i think that the character that you are in the game should be able to work at a restaurant or a fast food place or another different business


Nahh, that's too much like real life then, having to have a real job. What, in the middle of some hitman mission or something, you have to stop, because you can't miss your shift at Cluckin' Bell or else the boss will fire your ass?


Comment by BAB WALTON posted on 12th Mar 2009:

QUOTE(Mora32 @ Mar 11 2009, 10:23 PM) View Original Post
i think that the character that you are in the game should be able to work at a restaurant or a fast food place or another different business


So that had nothing to do with the records.





















I want to play GTA now. Fucking broke PS3. angry.gif


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Many of the additional 687 voices were volunteered by people who just wanted a chance to be heard in the game.



Shit, that would be SO awesome to be in it. I'd do it for free.


Comment by Canadianbacon123 posted on 12th Mar 2009:

QUOTE(BAB WALTON @ Mar 12 2009, 01:55 PM) View Original Post
QUOTE(Mora32 @ Mar 11 2009, 10:23 PM) View Original Post
i think that the character that you are in the game should be able to work at a restaurant or a fast food place or another different business


So that had nothing to do with the records.





















I want to play GTA now. Fucking broke PS3. angry.gif


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Many of the additional 687 voices were volunteered by people who just wanted a chance to be heard in the game.
Shit, that would be SO awesome to be in it. I'd do it for free.

They did, hence the word "volunteered".


Comment by BAB WALTON posted on 12th Mar 2009:

QUOTE(Canadianbacon123 @ Mar 12 2009, 09:31 PM) View Original Post
QUOTE(BAB WALTON @ Mar 12 2009, 01:55 PM) View Original Post
QUOTE(Mora32 @ Mar 11 2009, 10:23 PM) View Original Post
i think that the character that you are in the game should be able to work at a restaurant or a fast food place or another different business


So that had nothing to do with the records.





















I want to play GTA now. Fucking broke PS3. angry.gif


QUOTE
Many of the additional 687 voices were volunteered by people who just wanted a chance to be heard in the game.
Shit, that would be SO awesome to be in it. I'd do it for free.

They did, hence the word "volunteered".



And you think I don't know that, why?


Comment by The Asthenia posted on 13th Mar 2009:

I love it when one person misunderstands what another says. The beauties of speaking via text. A voice makes so much difference.


Comment by werewolf23 posted on 13th Mar 2009:

QUOTE(Canadianbacon123 @ Mar 12 2009, 08:31 PM) View Original Post
QUOTE(BAB WALTON @ Mar 12 2009, 01:55 PM) View Original Post
QUOTE(Mora32 @ Mar 11 2009, 10:23 PM) View Original Post
i think that the character that you are in the game should be able to work at a restaurant or a fast food place or another different business


So that had nothing to do with the records.





















I want to play GTA now. Fucking broke PS3. angry.gif


QUOTE
Many of the additional 687 voices were volunteered by people who just wanted a chance to be heard in the game.
Shit, that would be SO awesome to be in it. I'd do it for free.

They did, hence the word "volunteered".


Could've been the one to say "Robot Man Juice"...


Comment by BAB WALTON posted on 13th Mar 2009:

QUOTE(The Asthenia @ Mar 13 2009, 05:19 AM) View Original Post
I love it when one person misunderstands what another says. The beauties of speaking via text. A voice makes so much difference.



It really does.


For example.



When I type.


"Ast, you're a fucking faggot."


You think I am joking. But I really mean it.


Comment by Roman posted on 15th Mar 2009:

QUOTE(Mora32 @ Mar 12 2009, 02:23 AM) View Original Post
i think that the character that you are in the game should be able to work at a restaurant or a fast food place or another different business


Wow as fun (gay) as that sounds, I think I will pass.


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