Greece, officially known as the Hellenic Republic, is a country in Southeastern Europe, which borders Albania, North Macedonia, and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the east, and is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea.
While the Grand Theft Auto series was never explicitly banned in Greece, the country gained an infamous reputation in the gaming community when Law 3037/2002 was passed in 2002, which effectively banned all gaming in public places (the law itself was poorly worded and vague) in order to combat illicit gambling, but was eventually overturned in 2011.
Greece is frequently mentioned in the Grand Theft Auto series. Like other European countries, Greece uses the PEGI ratings system.
References in the Grand Theft Auto Series
- Various vehicles reference Greek gods or terms; these vehicles include the Andromada, Uranus, Hermes, Hydra, Pyro, Thrax, Daemon, Titan, and Alpha.
- The Olympic Games are frequently mentioned, which originated in Ancient Greece.
- The auto manufacturer Pegassi derives its name from Pegasus, a winged horse in Greek mythology.
- Eris is named after the Greek goddess of strife.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto IV
- Some of the taxi drivers in Liberty City are of Greek origin, and will say things such as "stupid malaka (wanker)!".
- The high-end retailer Perseus, named after the Greek hero who killed Medusa.
- Hercules, a gay night club, is named after Hercules.
- Pathos derives his rap name from the Greek term for appealing to the audience's emotions.
- Costas, a minor character in The Ballad of Gay Tony, is of Greek descent.
- Zorba Philippidis, the captain of the Platypus, is from Greece.
- Athena 200's are named after the Greek goddess of wisdom.
- The watch manufacturer Kronos, derives its name from the Greek word for time.
Grand Theft Auto V
- Devin Weston Holdings operates companies in Greece.
- Omega derives his name from the last letter of the Greek alphabet, though he is not of Greek descent himself, and is simply a pseudonym.
- The Sisyphus Theater in Vinewood Hills is based on the Greek Theatre, and is named after Sisyphus, a king in Greek mythology.
- Both the Olympic Freeway and Elysian Fields Freeway are references to Greek terminology, as well as the neighborhood Elysian Island.
- Phat Chips have a "Dry Greek Rub Greens" flavor.
- The management company Pegasus, and the finance company Minotaur Finance, are Greek-derived terms.
- Gyro Day Hot Food sells gyro, a Greek dish.
- The Curse of Triton is loosely based on Greek mythology.
- Lesbos Lane is named after the Greek island of the same name.