Four Years of The GTA Place

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By Chris | 29th Nov 2006 at 11:01 GMT in General | 31 Comments
Today marks the fourth anniversary of The GTA Place, a website which has grown into one of the largest resources on the Internet for Grand Theft Auto information, and one which started as just a few basic pages to try out some HTML. Obviously we've come a long way in 4 years, the whole community has witnessed an immense rise in popularity, as has The GTA Place, currently serving thousands of visitors every single day with information, downloads and media. I won't go on about the history of the site, as you can read all about that for yourselves on the website history page.

In keeping this post short and sweet, I have to thank the visitors for making this site such a success. All the new members joining the community everyday, all the people downloading mods, enhancing their games, and all the people just looking for information and tips - keeping us going all this time.

Obviously GTA IV is now our main focus, and you can find all latest news and information here on thegtaplace.com, and can find answers to all the questions you have about GTAIV on our forums, where you can also post your wishlists and thoughts on the upcoming game.

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more updates on Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto IV, and other related news!
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Spaz The Great 29th November, 2006 @ 11:24 - Permalink
Four years. Man. On one hand, it doesn't seem like that much, on another, it seems much longer.


Looking forward to the next four years.
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TM™ 29th November, 2006 @ 15:34 - Permalink
Four years, Really nice, and the site, it's become very popular, mostly it looks like a very long time, yet members who joined will think it's not, well as spaz said, i am looking foward to the future of this forum, which will be great. :D
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Ciaran 29th November, 2006 @ 15:44 - Permalink
Yeah four years of the gta place, I know I have only been here for a couple of months but...It is still nice to celebrate.
Also I like the new banner for the home page :D
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TM™ 29th November, 2006 @ 15:50 - Permalink
I am just curious about the Homepage from before, What did it look like?
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Chris 29th November, 2006 @ 16:39 - Permalink
See the site history page I linked to in the news post, there are links within that page to archive.org, which sort of show what it looked like before. Some images are missing or have been overwritten with new ones since the archive though - meaning it may look a little weird.

Well, here's some links anyway:
June 14th, 2003
July 1st, 2003
August 3rd, 2003
October 8th, 2003 - loads of images missing here. phpnuke was used.
May 24th, 2004

And that's the most recent page archive.org has for us, nothing from 2005 which has our previous layout which was made by Dennis.
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TM™ 29th November, 2006 @ 16:47 - Permalink
Well, all the other pages were pretty crap, i think thats why some visitors hated it, it got really good after.
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Ghost 29th November, 2006 @ 17:11 - Permalink
Well congrats guys. This is probably the best mainly gta based forums on the internet imo. The people here are friendly and do not bitch or flame unprovoked. Unlike forums like gtaforums.com or gtastunting. Here you try to help and accept people who are still new to this whole concept (n00bs as some of you like to call them.) The staff look after this place extremely profeesionally but always like to have a laugh. The news section is always kept up to date and I appreciate that because of how hard it must be to gather news and get it up on the home page in such short notice. I hope this community continues to live for 4 more years and many after that. I would also like to say congrats to Chris, you planted a seed and watched it blossom.
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Rashon. 29th November, 2006 @ 17:51 - Permalink
I've only been here for about a month but TheGTAPlace is one of the best GTA websites I've ever been on so happy four years.
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TM™ 29th November, 2006 @ 18:28 - Permalink
I guess the site will go on and on... until theres nothing we can do.
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TG187 29th November, 2006 @ 20:28 - Permalink
Yeah,like everybody said congrats TGTAP.This is the best forum i joined,and i will stay here till TGTAP will closed.(in 20 years or even 30 years :D ).
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Artur 29th November, 2006 @ 22:40 - Permalink
Wow 4 years. Even though I've been here only a couple months this is the best GTA site I've ever seen. I joined because of GTA but now I have met many new people and have made lots of frieds. Good job Chris like Ghost said: you planted a seed and watched it blossom. I hope to stay here for a long time. Well done again Chris!
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Nate10 30th November, 2006 @ 01:25 - Permalink

See the site history page I linked to in the news post, there are links within that page to archive.org, which sort of show what it looked like before. Some images are missing or have been overwritten with new ones since the archive though - meaning it may look a little weird.

Well, here's some links anyway:
June 14th, 2003
July 1st, 2003
August 3rd, 2003
October 8th, 2003 - loads of images missing here. phpnuke was used.
May 24th, 2004

And that's the most recent page archive.org has for us, nothing from 2005 which has our previous layout which was made by Dennis.

Yeah, I deffinetly like this days banner and layout. But ya, congrats The GTA Place!! 4 Years is a long time but deffinetly seems not that lon.g Only joined a couple months ago but this is one of the best if not the best GTA related site on the internet. I look forward to staying for a very long time. Once again congrats...
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Dave1 30th November, 2006 @ 02:10 - Permalink
Four great years,I'm proud to have been here for 2,I plan on staying for many more years.

Gtaplace FTW!
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Kitsune Inferno 30th November, 2006 @ 02:12 - Permalink
I've only been here for a few months, but happy birthday TGTAP!

Wow, those first homepages sucked.
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Artur 30th November, 2006 @ 02:12 - Permalink
Don't you mean like 1 and a half? But I agree I am gonna stay for many years to come as well. How long do you plan on running this site for Chris? As long as you can?
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Sherman 30th November, 2006 @ 02:18 - Permalink

Don't you mean like 1 and a half? But I agree I am gonna stay for many years to come as well. How long do you plan on running this site for Chris? As long as you can?


That isn't his original username. As in, he got banned before that. Long story. But it's pretty cool knowin' I've been here for 3 of those 4 years. Time absolutely flies.
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Artur 30th November, 2006 @ 02:22 - Permalink
What was Dave's old account? I might haven't been here a long time but I agree time does fly by. School has also done that too.
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Dave1 30th November, 2006 @ 03:04 - Permalink
My old accounts.
VincentValentino
KingOfKrunk

I usually don't like to talk about the past :unsure:
But uh yeah long story.

Now lets get back on topic and shower Chris and thegtaplace with love and money. o.o
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Dark Lord 30th November, 2006 @ 06:22 - Permalink
Congrats Chris for such nice site.

Umm..
Where's the PARTY!! :drunks:
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Spaz The Great 30th November, 2006 @ 07:49 - Permalink

My old accounts.
VincentValentino
KingOfKrunk

I usually don't like to talk about the past :unsure:
But uh yeah long story.

Now lets get back on topic and shower Chris and thegtaplace with love and money. o.o


O.O Oh shit, that was you? I entirely forgot you were Vincent....
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Airashii 30th November, 2006 @ 16:04 - Permalink
I've been here on and off for 2 and 1/2 years. Wow, as just about everyone in this thread has said, time really does fly.

It was great then and it's just as great, if not better now.

Congrats and thanks go to Chris!
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TM™ 30th November, 2006 @ 16:07 - Permalink
I haven't been here, only a few months, I joined August, but forgot about my account here, well i will be staying here for a while.
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Chris 30th November, 2006 @ 16:43 - Permalink

How long do you plan on running this site for Chris? As long as you can?

Yeah pretty much. Thinking about it realistically, I can safely say it will be open for another 3 years - it's currently Nov 06, so, GTA4 released in Oct 07, possibly PC release in spring 08... then the aftermath of that brings us probably to 2009 where depending on the state of the community, traffic will either start dropping or keep up if many people make mods and such. Of course if R* keep creating GTA games then we'll keep on going.
I've always planned on keeping the site up as an archive though, I won't ever close it down.


My old accounts.
VincentValentino
KingOfKrunk

I usually don't like to talk about the past :unsure:
But uh yeah long story.

Now lets get back on topic and shower Chris and thegtaplace with love and money. o.o

O.O Oh shit, that was you? I entirely forgot you were Vincent....

Ha. I think we always used to pwn Dave. Good times. I probably still have some old PM's from him too :P


Anyway thanks for your comments everyone. Thank you for your appreciation :)
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TM™ 30th November, 2006 @ 18:16 - Permalink
Well i do like your site, very nice now, other than your other ones, this site will be here for a VERY long time.
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Rashon. 30th November, 2006 @ 18:32 - Permalink

Well i do like your site, very nice now, other than your other ones, this site will be here for a VERY long time.


Or as long as Rockstar releases more GTAs. :D
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TM™ 30th November, 2006 @ 20:02 - Permalink
Yes as well as that, it's a big community.
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Nate10 1st December, 2006 @ 02:01 - Permalink


How long do you plan on running this site for Chris? As long as you can?

Yeah pretty much. Thinking about it realistically, I can safely say it will be open for another 3 years - it's currently Nov 06, so, GTA4 released in Oct 07, possibly PC release in spring 08... then the aftermath of that brings us probably to 2009 where depending on the state of the community, traffic will either start dropping or keep up if many people make mods and such. Of course if R* keep creating GTA games then we'll keep on going.
I've always planned on keeping the site up as an archive though, I won't ever close it down.


My old accounts.
VincentValentino
KingOfKrunk

I usually don't like to talk about the past :unsure:
But uh yeah long story.

Now lets get back on topic and shower Chris and thegtaplace with love and money. o.o

O.O Oh shit, that was you? I entirely forgot you were Vincent....

Ha. I think we always used to pwn Dave. Good times. I probably still have some old PM's from him too :P


Anyway thanks for your comments everyone. Thank you for your appreciation :)

Yeha, even if you're to "old :down: " (old as in feelin to mature for a stupid site which this sie is not) don't close down. Just give it to your fav. and trusted member for them to take over. But ya, i'd like to stay here for as long as it's up.
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The Bossman 1st December, 2006 @ 22:31 - Permalink
Congratulations to The GTA Place for four great years. I have regularly checked out this site for two years, becoming a member this year, and I enjoy all the different opinions everyone has. The info it has is both informative and entertaining. Here's to another four years, well done Chris.
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Slayer 2nd December, 2006 @ 17:51 - Permalink
I'm sooo late. But well, better ever than never. Congrats to Chris and staff.
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Red_91 2nd December, 2006 @ 20:57 - Permalink
Im very late but congrats i hope this site has good times ahead of it.
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Steven 6th December, 2006 @ 23:29 - Permalink
Man haven't been here for a while since i joined CAL for css. Lots of changes, very nice to see tgtap still up. Its been through many changes over the years. seams like yesterday was 3 years.
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