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April 25, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Ask Dan Houser what Red Dead Redemption is about and the usually loquacious VP of creative at Rockstar Games pauses for 10 seconds. "It's America," he finally replies. "The birth of modern America. What was gained and what was lost." Some might scoff at the idea that a video game can tackle such heady themes, but Houser and his brother Sam, the co-founders of Rockstar, are used to being underestimated. Their label, part of Take-Two Interactive, is best known for its massively popular Grand Theft Auto series, which has sold more than 100 million copies and generated lawsuits, boycotts and legislation because of explicit violence and sexual content.
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September 18, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
"Grand Theft Auto V," the latest installment in Rockstar Games' hit video game series, reaped an eye-popping $800 million in worldwide retail sales on its first day of release Tuesday. The hotly anticipated game appears to have blown past the one-day retail sales record set by Activision Blizzard Inc., whose "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" brought in $500 million in its fist 24 hours of release. That game went on to reach $1 billion in sales in 15 days -- faster, many observed, than the box office record-holder "Avatar.
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September 18, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
"Grand Theft Auto V," the latest installment in Rockstar Games' hit video game series, reaped an eye-popping $800 million in worldwide retail sales on its first day of release Tuesday. The hotly anticipated game appears to have blown past the one-day retail sales record set by Activision Blizzard Inc., whose "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" brought in $500 million in its fist 24 hours of release. That game went on to reach $1 billion in sales in 15 days -- faster, many observed, than the box office record-holder "Avatar.
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May 27, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
"This is music for shootin' people in the face," jokes Jake Duzsik, lead singer of the experimental L.A.-based rock band Health as he listens to the single "Tears," which the band recorded as part of the soundtrack it created for the recently released video game Max Payne 3. "It's for the ladies. " The third installment of the Max Payne video game series, which sold 3 million copies during its initial launch May 15, is this year's blockbuster offering from the influential and profitable Rockstar Games.
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May 27, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
"This is music for shootin' people in the face," jokes Jake Duzsik, lead singer of the experimental L.A.-based rock band Health as he listens to the single "Tears," which the band recorded as part of the soundtrack it created for the recently released video game Max Payne 3. "It's for the ladies. " The third installment of the Max Payne video game series, which sold 3 million copies during its initial launch May 15, is this year's blockbuster offering from the influential and profitable Rockstar Games.
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May 23, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
It's one of the most buzzed about questions in the video game world: When will Grand Theft Auto V hit stores? The hugely anticipated sequel to one of video gaming's best-selling franchises was first announced by developer Rockstar Games last November. Fans know that it will be another huge open-world game and that it will take place in a thinly veiled version of Los Angeles, much like 2008's Grand Theft Auto IV took place in a virtual replica of New York City. Rockstar's parent company, Take-Two Interactive Software, has yet to announce a release date for the game, but one analyst believes that he has found evidence on that score.
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February 21, 2009 | Alex Pham
A parents group is warning about explicit footage in a new Grand Theft Auto video game, even though a California law banning such material from being sold to children was struck down as unconstitutional Friday. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit group that reviews games, movies and other entertainment for children, sent out a message late Thursday warning against Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned. "Heavy violence, strong language -- and now nudity," the group said.
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April 24, 2011 | By Charlotte Stoudt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
I'm on the city's surface streets, heading from downtown to Hollywood. Only a few cars share the road. I don't bother to pull onto the 101. Because it's not there. No, this isn't 3 a.m., or the apocalypse. It's L.A. Noire, the latest interactive world from Rockstar Games. In a dark suite at the Roosevelt Hotel, I'm test-driving this single-player detective thriller set in 1947 Los Angeles. Launching May 17, the graphic procedural takes place before Miranda rights and DNA testing.
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April 24, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Aaron Staton is used to being in front of cameras. But it wasn't until the actor best known as ad account executive Ken Cosgrove on "Mad Men" starred in the video game L.A. Noire that he acted in front of 32 of them. On a winter morning in a warehouse in Culver City that has been turned into a makeshift acting and game development studio, Staton was wrapping up his last day on the job. Sitting alone in a small room surrounded by the dozens of cameras and pupil-shrinking lights that eliminate any hint of a shadow, he worked his way through one gritty line after another — the type most people haven't heard since the days of, well, noir.
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January 31, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
Shares in Take-Two Interactive dropped 7% on Thursday after the video game publisher announced that "Grand Theft Auto V" will be released in September, instead of in spring as previously stated. Take-Two subsidiary Rockstar Games, which manages the best-selling "Grand Theft Auto" series, said in a statement that the delay was "to allow additional development time. " Delays are not unusual for "Grand Theft Auto" games or Take-Two. "Grand Theft Auto IV" was originally supposed to come out in October 2007, but instead came out in April 2008.
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May 23, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
It's one of the most buzzed about questions in the video game world: When will Grand Theft Auto V hit stores? The hugely anticipated sequel to one of video gaming's best-selling franchises was first announced by developer Rockstar Games last November. Fans know that it will be another huge open-world game and that it will take place in a thinly veiled version of Los Angeles, much like 2008's Grand Theft Auto IV took place in a virtual replica of New York City. Rockstar's parent company, Take-Two Interactive Software, has yet to announce a release date for the game, but one analyst believes that he has found evidence on that score.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2011 | By Charlotte Stoudt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
I'm on the city's surface streets, heading from downtown to Hollywood. Only a few cars share the road. I don't bother to pull onto the 101. Because it's not there. No, this isn't 3 a.m., or the apocalypse. It's L.A. Noire, the latest interactive world from Rockstar Games. In a dark suite at the Roosevelt Hotel, I'm test-driving this single-player detective thriller set in 1947 Los Angeles. Launching May 17, the graphic procedural takes place before Miranda rights and DNA testing.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Aaron Staton is used to being in front of cameras. But it wasn't until the actor best known as ad account executive Ken Cosgrove on "Mad Men" starred in the video game L.A. Noire that he acted in front of 32 of them. On a winter morning in a warehouse in Culver City that has been turned into a makeshift acting and game development studio, Staton was wrapping up his last day on the job. Sitting alone in a small room surrounded by the dozens of cameras and pupil-shrinking lights that eliminate any hint of a shadow, he worked his way through one gritty line after another — the type most people haven't heard since the days of, well, noir.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Ask Dan Houser what Red Dead Redemption is about and the usually loquacious VP of creative at Rockstar Games pauses for 10 seconds. "It's America," he finally replies. "The birth of modern America. What was gained and what was lost." Some might scoff at the idea that a video game can tackle such heady themes, but Houser and his brother Sam, the co-founders of Rockstar, are used to being underestimated. Their label, part of Take-Two Interactive, is best known for its massively popular Grand Theft Auto series, which has sold more than 100 million copies and generated lawsuits, boycotts and legislation because of explicit violence and sexual content.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2009 | Alex Pham
A parents group is warning about explicit footage in a new Grand Theft Auto video game, even though a California law banning such material from being sold to children was struck down as unconstitutional Friday. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit group that reviews games, movies and other entertainment for children, sent out a message late Thursday warning against Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned. "Heavy violence, strong language -- and now nudity," the group said.
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July 9, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
The industry group that sets ratings for video games is probing whether hidden features within the blockbuster title "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" allows players to make their characters engage in simulated explicit sex acts. The game by Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. subsidiary Rockstar Games has been among the best-selling in history, even though its plot is objectionable to many people: Its main character carjacks for fun and profits and picks up women along the way.
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