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GTA III Turns 10!

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I know I feel old every time someone releases a classic gaming collection of old Atari titles, but now the modern generation of gamers can also feel a little long in the tooth because October 22 is going to be Grand Theft Auto III's tenth birthday! That's right, it was a decade ago that Rockstar blew everyone away with an open world adventure that basically created a new genre.

"Grand Theft Auto III showed us the potential of open world games," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "It helped set the vision for the company, and we have been expanding on those possibilities with every game ever since."

They're producing a limited-edition action figure of GTA III's lead character, Claude, available through the Rockstar Warehouse. He'll come in his standard attire of cargo pants and bomber jacket, but comes with a Liberty City Prison jumpsuit, too. And of course an assortment of weapons is included! You can pre-order yours now, and it will release on October 20. Also, if you're a Rockstar Social Club member, you can enter to win one of three action figures through October 16 by visiting the Social Club's website. (Which is what I'm going to do because the thing costs $149.99!)

But the really wild news is that Rockstar has ported GTA III onto the iOS and Android platforms, and at some point this fall, you'll be able to play the game on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad as well as compatible Android phones and tablets. They've got the game available for demo at NY Comic Con this weekend, and I was able to get my hands on it at their booth today. Naturally, they're demoing it on iPads, because of the bigger screen. Even at that size, the controls took a little getting used to, so I imagine that playing on a phone would have an even steeper learning curve. But honestly, it's amazing. The game looks fantastic — they've spruced up some of the graphics, and it runs really smoothly. The entire game is included, which is impressive. Remember how spectacular it looked at the time? Now you can put it in your pocket. Crazy. I only played one short mission where I just had to go steal a guy's car and have it resprayed before depositing it in another garage. I don't recall the cars being quite this hard to control, but maybe it was because you're using a touch screen instead of a joystick. All I know is that I kept crashing into everything, and the cars also didn't seem as sturdy as I remember because they would crumple at the slightest touch. It was embarrassing. But the controls are fully customizable. You can adjust the size of all of the buttons, and place them anywhere on the screen you choose. There's no final release date yet for GTA III, but keep an eye out for it. I still can't believe it fits on a phone now. A lot can change in ten years!

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