Rockstar paid a PR guru to give the original GTA negative press. By building up the game’s controversial issues, they gained much more exposure boosting it’s sales.
A 6-year-old missed his bus & then drove his mother’s car for 10 miles at over 60mph, weaving through traffic. He stated he learned to drive by playing GTA.[divider]
Source: Rockstar, GVG, Game Industry International, Guinness World Records, The Washington Post