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Lindsay Lohan to sue makers of Grand Theft Auto V

Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan is suing the makers of Grand Theft Auto V after they allegedly used her image and based a character on her in their latest installment without permission.

Lindsay Lohan is suing the makers of computer game Grand Theft Auto V.
Lindsay Lohan is suing the makers of computer game Grand Theft Auto V. Credit: PA

Lohan's suit says a character named Lacey Jonas in the game - released in September - is an "unequivocal" reference to the Mean Girls and Freaky Friday star.

Grand Theft Auto V makers Take-Two Interactive Software and subsidiary Rockstar Games declined to comment.

Pupils 'acting out rape scenes from Grand Theft Auto'

A headteacher has sent a letter to parents following concerns that children as young as six are re-enacting rape scenes from video game series Grand Theft Auto.

Pupils have been starting games involving "simulating rape and sexual intercourse" as well as having playground chats about "drug use", Coed-y-Brain Primary School head Morian Morgan told the South Wales Argus.

Grand Theft Auto is believed to be one of the best-selling video games of all time. Credit: Rockstar Games.

Staff at the school have blamed the behaviour on the 18-rated Grand Theft Auto series.

The latest instalment of the game, which sees players take on the role of criminals in the America's underworld, is believed to be one of the best-selling video games of all time having sold more than 32 million copies worldwide.

The letter sent to parents said children were "acting out scenes from the game which include the strongest of sexual swear words", "having conversations" about sexual acts and "play acting extremely violent games that sometimes result in actual injury".

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Latest Call of Duty sets $1 billion first day sales record

Zohaib Ali became the first person to pick up a copy after its midnight release at Westfield Stratford City in London. Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

The fervour for the latest Call of Duty computer game has reached record levels, with the title breaking the $1 billion (£622 million) barrier on the first day of its release.

Call of Duty: Ghosts smashed the previous record set by Grand Theft Auto V, which generated sales of $800 million (£498 million) within 24 hours of it hitting the shelves in September.

The record-breaking Activision title was released yesterday for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC and Wii U at 15,000 midnight openings worldwide.

Read: GTA V makes £500m on its first day

Grand Theft Auto V wins top Golden Joystick Award

Grand Theft Auto V was released worldwide in September Credit: Rockstar Games

Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) has taken the top honour at the annual Golden Joystick Awards in central London.

Costing an estimated £170 million to make and market, the video game became the fastest-selling title of all time when it was released in September.

Set in the fictional city of Los Santos, in Southern California, GTA V's open-world freedom and mission-led gameplay with three playable character has been a hit with fans worldwide.

Cult shooter game Call Of Duty picked up a Hall of Fame accolade, while Naughty Dog's The Last Of Us also took home awards for Best Newcomer and Best Storytelling.

Read: How Grand Theft Auto V hijacked the gaming world

Rockstar 'working around clock' to resolve GTA issues

Rockstar Games has apologised for any inconvenience caused while they work to resolve ongoing problems with its GTA Online multi-player mode.

Since its launch yesterday, millions of gamers attempting to play Grand Theft Auto V online have experienced issues ranging from an inability to log-on, freezing, and "Mission Failed" errors.

We are continuing to look into these issues and are working around the clock on resolving them as quickly as possible. This includes close monitoring of our Support systems, forums, social media, and in-game data to measure traffic along with Community sentiment to ensure ongoing improvements to stability.

– Rockstar Games

Read: GTA V online launch problems leave gamers frustrated

GTA V online launch problems leave gamers frustrated

Millions of gamers eagerly anticipating the launch of Grand Theft Auto V's multiplayer mode yesterday have been left disappointed as online servers struggle to cope with demand.

Though some players managed to get into GTA Online without issues, for others it was a different story.

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@rockstargames I haven't been able to connect to GTA ONLINE Once!! The whole GTA V has been a shambles to me! #disappointment argh.

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Thought that I may have been able to get on GTA online this morning... I was wrong

Rockstar Games have acknowledges the problems and are providing status updates on a support page.

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For those trying to get into GTA Online today, please bear w/ us on some day one tech connection issues that we’re working to stabilize asap

Read: How Grand Theft Auto V hijacked the gaming world

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Grand Theft Auto V 'fastest selling entertainment product'

Grand Theft Auto V may enter the history books as the fastest-selling entertainment property of all time, including all previous feature films and video games, according to its developer.

Grand Theft Auto V is the fifth edition of the violent video game
Grand Theft Auto V is the fifth edition of the violent video game Credit: Rockstar Games

Take Two Interactive Software Inc estimates that worldwide sales passed the $1 billion (£624 million) mark just three days after it went on sale on Tuesday.

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Grand Theft Auto V makes £500m on first day

People queued to buy GTA V when it went on sale at midnight on Tuesday. Credit: PA

Grand Theft Auto V made £500 million in its first day of global first-day sales. The figure marked a first-day record for the Grand Theft Auto series in which players freely roam in a game world based on real-life locations such as Los Angeles.

The revenues translate to sales of about 13 million to 14 million units of the game, analysts estimated.

"The last major Grand Theft Auto title sold just under 13 million in the course of the year. This did that in a day," said Daniel Ernst, an analyst at Hudson Square Research. The sales beat his expectations.

The game took more than five years to be developed by Take-Two's Rockstar Games studio, at a cost of up to £155m, according to some analysts' estimates.

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