The PC edition of Grand Theft Auto 5 hit shelves last week, which means that Rockstar's biggest franchise is back at the top of everyone's to-do list. For many gamers, this is a good thing. It's a chance to casually rack up a few felonies in the fictional city of Los Santos. But not everyone feels that way. In fact, for some people, Grand Theft Auto is a never-ending stream of controversial content.
But you already knew that, didn't you?
Phrases like "copyright infringement," "real-world violence," and "corruption of minors" have become a predictable part of the media's vernacular whenever a new Grand Theft Auto title hits the market. Most of these controversies end up fizzling out, but some develop into full-fledged lawsuits that have more in common with situation comedies than judicial disputes.
For the last week, I've been scouring the Internet looking for the most bizarre lawsuits that Grand Theft Auto has inspired, and I've compiled them into a convenient list. I should warn you, though; some of these are guaranteed to make any rational human angry. So, proceed with caution.
Cypress Hill's Shagg Vs.Take-TwoWhen Rockstar North started developing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Cypress Hill backup singer Michael "Shagg" Washington was reportedly invited to the studio for an interview. According to Shagg, Rockstar asked for some specific details about his life and said that he would be contacted if they decided to use any of it in San Andreas. But Rockstar never called.
However, when GTA:SA hit the market, Shagg noticed some striking similarities between himself and the main character, Carl "CJ" Johnson. In the lawsuit, Shagg specifically cites CJ's appearance and the fact that several characters rode bicycles, something that was common among the teenagers in his gang.
However, the court disagreed with Shagg's complaint and dismissed the suit in 2012. Here's a snippet from the judge's ruling:
[The] plaintiff is relying entirely on CJ's physical appearance in the game, but that appearance is so generic that it necessarily includes hundreds of other black males.