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Rockstar Games is to release the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy on the Mac "most likely later this year", the publisher said in a Q&A posted on its website. The three games are Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Rockstar is promising much "more info and a proper announcement soon …


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  1. RayG

    Fit with Apple's nanny policies?

    How will they reconcile the sex, drugs and violence that GTA customers expect with the strict limits on sex, drugs and violence that St Jobs seems to feel are needed to "protect" Apple customers? I foresee disappointment.

    1. Adam Salisbury
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      That's what I was thinking!

      No killing of 'real entities' now!

    2. Lance 3


      They used the term established companied before when it came to porn apps. Playboy and Penthouse were allowed, others were removed.

    3. ThomH Silver badge

      By porting Chinatown Wars

      You know, the DS game that was originally designed to meet Nintendo's strict limits on sex, drugs and violence. Since it was released on the iPod and iPhone months ago, it's clearly acceptable.

      And there remain no limits on the Mac side, obviously.

      1. Anonymous Coward

        Re: By porting Chinatown Wars

        You have obviously never played Chinatown Wars on the DS.

  2. Yorkshirepudding

    in game mobile

    one assumes this will be replaced with an iPhone.... keep the sheep happy

  3. Richard 31


    Why these very old games? The most recent of them is 6 years old.

    The mac is more than capable of running GTA4 style. Assuming there is a rough parity between the processing power required for the PC version.

    1. bluesxman

      RE: OOOOLD!

      You'll be happy with what Lord Jobs prescribes and no correspondence will be entered into. As a (presumable) Applophile you should be used to that sort of thing by now.

      Then again, it might be the publisher making a practical choice, since (as I understand it) GTA-III, GTA-VC and GTA-SA all use the same generation of game engine (more or less) so they can bang 3 games out from a single port, rather than just the one, GTA-IV.

      Besides, GTA-SA represents the pinnacle of the series thus far, IMHO.

  4. Yorkshirepudding

    you apple fans are easy to wind up

    the only two comments (3 now) get thumbs down.

    prolly from the apple fanbois

    1. Prag Fest


      If you want a proper easy wind up, just break it to an android monkey his phone is simply a half arsed knock off of the iPhone.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        An android monkey?

        AWESOME! Robotic dogs, android monkeys, automaton zebra, bionic giraffes and cyborg chinchilla!

        I for one welcome our emotionless, yet very cute, overlords.

  5. Anonymous Coward
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    Make a little extra selling old games to Mac Users.

    These are fun games, but they're pretty damn old! Plus it's hard going back to GTA3 after the improvements made in the subsequent games...

    Still, a lot of people (especially young people who might be more eager to game) have Mac Laptops they haul around everywhere. Perfect for playing an old game. Perfect way for Rockstar to make a little bit of extra money. I wonder if they'll be priced accordingly... as you can buy them for PC for about $10!

  6. steogede


    >> The mac is more than capable of running GTA4 style. Assuming there is a rough parity between the processing power required for the PC version.

    Don't you mean the MS-Windows version? The Mac is capable of running GTA4 already, you just need to install MS-Windows. Porting these games to the iPad or iPhone4 (anyone seen Unreal Citadel) or Android for that matter, makes some sense. Not sure why they would bother porting to MacOS X

    1. ThomH Silver badge

      They'd probably port because...

      ... Mac users are, on average, more affluent than Windows users and Mac users are much more likely to want entertainment products, owing in part to its near absence from the corporate world.

      Valve's recent port of Portal (also quite dusty) received 1.5 million downloads in the first week, though it was free. No doubt whatever back-end tools DMA used, which were multiplatform even at the time, have facilitated an OS X port for a negligible cost and they're hoping to generate a reasonable amount of new revenue without doing any substantial work while also dipping their toe in the Mac gaming waters.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Flabbergastment ahoy..




        ThomH for Chancellor!

  7. Anonymous Coward

    Your request could not be completed

    "The app is not available in the Malaysian iTunes store".

    Me and my homies are not pleased.

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