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Saturday Night Live has had it's ups and downs over the decades, and we admit that sometimes it can be very difficult to maintain a level or respectable comedy. However, some mistakes cannot be excused, like this GTAIV skit from this past Saturday's Weekend Update.

First of all, what the f*%$ are they doing? The characters in GTA do not bobble around like spring-loaded action figures, so why are the comedians? Is that the international symbol for "I'm playing a video game character"? Also, I hate to put down Bill Hader (who's usually hilarious) but I'm pretty sure he hasn't played the game. His impression of Niko isn't in the ballpark of accurate, and that guy is the king of impressions. Lastly, where's the joke? Two people in costumes repeating "I beat you, I kill you" isn't funny. SNL writers, just like a TV show or movie, you have to know the source material before you try to write a joke about it. Go to your little brother's apartment and play GTA for a few hours and get back to me.

Kotaku: Niko and Vlad on Saturday Night Live

'GTA' MMO?

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Posted May 9, 2008 - By TylerColfax

Realtime Worlds, a development house that used to be under the Rockstar roof, is now hoping to partner with or sell it's APB (All Points Bulletin) work in order to give the world GTA Online, the rumored MMO that would further expand Rockstar's e-domination.

With the multiplayer going the way its going, we're expecting GTA to house its own MMO with its own technology as it seems so close already. But with a few MMOs in trouble, the fad may be slipping away and Rockstar is not one to hop onto sinking ships.

joystiq.com: Rumor: Realtime Worlds hopes APB becomes GTA Online

For a little taste of that multiplayer action in GTA IV watch this:

GTA IV: Team Mafiya Work »


 



Some of us have started to venture into multiplayer modes in GTA, while others of us here on TheFeed are still working the missions before going postal on noobs and the like. But for those who have gotten to the multi-action, there's been some confusion and the instruction manual, which typically for GTA games is just loaded with jokes and song credits, is equally devoid of info on the multiplayer modes.

So, Rockstar has released a document explaining it in great detail. You can find it at our compadres' ole Kotaku site. It's extensive.

kotaku.com: Rockstar explains GTA 4 multiplayer

According to Sony  Europe chief David Reeves, we'll probably get some downloadable content for the PlayStation 3 version of Grand Theft Auto IV.

Here's the exchange with videogamer.com:

VideoGamer.com: I wanted to ask you about Microsoft and the DLC secured for GTA 4. Is it damaging to Sony and PlayStation that there is no DLC for GTA 4 on PS3?

DR: Well I think you probably will see it, it's just that a deal obviously was struck between Microsoft and Take 2 to do that. And if that's what they want to do, I think that's the last shot they have.

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'GTA' Sells a Lot

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Posted May 7, 2008 - By TylerColfax



On their unstoppable journey to break videogame and entertainment records, Rockstar has announced that they've sold 6 million copies equaling $500 million worth of Grand Theft Auto IV money.

Take Two stock has responded with an upward trend and will no doubt continue to rise above what Electronic Arts can offer for their takeover bid. Looks like we'll have an EA-free GTA for a while, but for how long?

shacknews.com: Grand Theft Auto 4 Has $500 Million First Week

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'GTA IV' Tops Xbox Live

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Posted May 7, 2008 - By bleahy

You better sit down for this one because it's such a huge surprise. A total shocker. No one predicted this.

Grand Theft Auto IV is the most played game on Xbox Live for the first week of its release! Surprise!

  1. GTA IV
  2. Call of Duty 4
  3. Halo 3

Imagine that! Sony doesn't release PSN rankings, but we're going to assume it was the most played PS3 game last week.

(via Shacknews)

While being interviewed by CNBC, Take-Two honcho Strauss Zelnick was asked about glitches in Grand Theft Auto IV. You know, the problems with online play, the crashing and freezing, and minor AI or physics bugs...

"No, none whatsoever," he said in response. "I'd say the only issue is that someone came up to me yesterday in a restaurant and said ‘my thumbs are hurting from the weekend."

Cute... except for the issues that are currently affecting the game!

Next-Gen.biz: Zelnick: GTA IV is Glitch Free

Take Two Interactive is suing the city of Chicago for pulling Grand Theft Auto IV ads from city busses. The videogame publishing company says Chi-town has violated its free speech and contractual rights by removing the ads.

The suit seeks the return of the ads as well as monetary damages of at least $300,000.

"Thass a lot monee," Take Two President Niko Bellic did not say. "Hey, Ro-man...you want I should I give you a leetle of this money? Fat chance!" he did not add.

Reuters: "Grand Theft Auto" publisher sues over pulled ads

Attack of the Show segment producer Luke Wahl snapped these Obama-centric Grand Theft Auto IV ad re-mixes on the streets of Los Angeles...

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Yesterday, Adam Sessler and Jack Thompson squared off on NPR's Talk of the Nation, but they didn't exactly get the chance to finish their conversation.

Well, Adam doesn't like leaving things unsettled, and he's not about to start now. So, in this Special Edition of Sessler's Soapbox, Adam addresses the concerns good ol' Jack had about the recent release, Grand Theft Auto IV.

What do you guys think? Does Jack Thompson have a leg to stand on, or is he just a crazy old man screaming insane ramblings at the towering monolith known as Reality? Check out the video and let us know what you think.

 

Sessler's Soapbox: Grand Theft Logic »


 

 If you'd like to hear the full NPR interview, you can stream it here. IMPORTANT: its the "listen now" link at the top of the page.


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The Xbox 360 version of Grand Theft Auto IV is outselling the PS3 version at retail by a margin of two-to-one!

...or so says Aaron Greenberg, director of product management for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live, who told the site this during an interview Thursday. He also said that roughly 1 million GTA IV users went online with the game on Xbox Live, 2 million GTA IV achievements were unlocked in the first 24 hours, and over 15 million Gamerscore points were added to users' accounts in the first day.

But a Sony rep questioned Greenberg’s claims, saying that Microsoft's two-to-one ratio "doesn't line up" with what they has been hearing from its retailers.

Yet over in the UK, the Xbox 360 version outsold the PS3 version in day-one sales 335,000 to 274,000, respectively, according to Chart Track.

So just how much impact is GTA having on sales of Xbox 360 and PS3 then?

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IGN is giving people the opportunity to Google Map their routes in Liberty City, specific to each mission you might go on. You can also use the interactive map to find restaurants, hospitals, etc. Each mission on the map is tied to a "start" button, which will allow you to see the name of the mission, and the route you must take to accomplish it.

We are nothing but impressed when it comes to the level of immersion that Grand Theft Auto IV has dished out, both within the game and without. This is just another excellent level of coolness to explore in what has become a vast undertaking. Go and plan your routes, or show a new and better way to accomplish one.

IGN: Liberty City Map

You're probably still cruising through the singleplayer of GTA IV, but here's what you're missing on the multiplayer side of things.

Let's say you only have 3 friends available for multiplayer, but you still want to have fun. We've found that a good mode to do this is "Team Mafiya Work".

Split up into teams of 2 and limit the playing area to Bohan, which is small enough to force players to meet.

 

GTA IV: Team Mafiya Work »


 

By Rockstar's estimates, Grand Theft Auto IV cost about $100 million to create and that over 1000 people worked on the game.

The now dethroned Shenmue will have to take its puny $70 million budget off to the land of dead Dreamcasts and broken dreams.

I wonder what Metal Gear Solid 4 will end up costing...

Eurogamer: GTA IV: Most expensive game ever made?

X-Play's very own Adam Sessler will be appearing live on NPR at 2:30 PM ET / 11:30 AM PT for a special interview alongside longtime videogame hater Jack Thompson. The pair will be discussing the controversy surrounding the recent release of Grand Theft Auto IV.

We all know the distaste Adam has for Jack Thompson, so if you want to hear what the Sess has to say about the man who blames GTA for all things terrible and wrong, be sure to listen to NPR at 2:30 PM ET / 11:30 AM PT!

You can stream the full conversation from NPR's website.

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