5 brutal memes that broke the internet after ‘Grand Theft Auto VI’ data leak

By Sam Wareing

Published Sep 20, 2022 at 01:21 PM

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After information leaked earlier this year regarding relatively minor details of Grand Theft Auto VI (GTA 6)—namely the introduction of the series’ first female protagonist—on Sunday 18 September 2022, a hacker going by the username Teapotuberhacker released in-development footage of the action-adventure game for all the world to see.

As you can imagine, Rockstar Games, GTA 6’s creator, wasn’t happy and has since released a statement addressing the issue. However, netizens who have seen the leaked footage are amused beyond all measure—and, as usual, the memes have been coming thick and fast. Here are some of the best ones to date.

1. Oh, the irony…

Grand Theft Auto has always been a game about theft, gangs and violence. I mean, what gives? The clue is in the name itself. So for Rockstar to make a video game about stealing from people, and then have footage of their new game about stealing from people stolen, well…

2. This ‘Genshin Impact’ crossover looks tight

Genshin Impact is one of the biggest games of the last few years, with its latest update being the best so far. But since the GTA 6 leaks, some fans have decided a crossover is in order. Featuring Carl, the protagonist from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, this ‘new’ GTA 6 footage looks uh… excellent. I wonder what emergency food-turned-companion Paimon thinks of this entire ordeal.

3. ‘Oopsie daisy! Silly me!’

Since Grand Theft Auto V released in 2013, two generations of consoles ago, it has had numerous updates and fans have been hungry for something new. While this leak hasn’t deterred Rockstar from delaying or scrapping GTA 6, could you imagine the uproar if this hacker single-handedly caused the video game to be delayed another ten years or so?

4. Sugar, spice and everything nice

Given that the leaked GTA 6 footage features scenes that are still in development, it’s not currently up to the graphical standard that we’re used to. And rightly so. But this did not stop one Twitter user who likened it to a PlayStation 2 (PS2) game—namely, The Powerpuff Girls: Relish Rampage. Ouch.

5. Ubisoft found dead in a glitchy ditch

Twitter is known for its brutality, with users producing some of the sickest burns to have ever graced the internet. But this one? Yeah, this one takes the cake. RIP Ubisoft, there is no coming back from that.

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