|[email protected] Internet Café|
The interior of [email protected]'s Broker branch in GTA IV. All three [email protected] branches in the game use the same interior.
GTA III |
GTA Liberty City Stories
The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony
GTA Chinatown Wars
|Type of business||Internet café|
Torrington, Liberty City
Vitullo Ave in Berchem
North Holland, Liberty City
Outlook, Liberty City
Little Seoul, Los Santos (two, one location for rent)
|Mission appearance(s)||Logging On|
|Employee(s)||Alejandra (HD Universe)|
[email protected] (pronounced twat) is an internet café that appears in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, and is interactive in Grand Theft Auto IV and its episodes. The "TW", in "[email protected]", stands for "Totally Wireless", as can be seen outside some [email protected] Internet Cafés. This phrase is a take on "Totally where it's at."
"[email protected]" is a reference to twat, which is a British slang term meaning "idiot". It is also a slang term for "vagina".
In GTA III, the [email protected] café (in Torrington) is accessible, but not interactive. Two monitors inside the café show screenshots from Grand Theft Auto 1 and Grand Theft Auto 2, respectively. A stunt jump can be completed inside the café through the staircase.
In GTA Liberty City Stories, due to the earlier setting than GTA III, the [email protected] café is only just being constructed. Its posters state - "Come and see the grand opening of [email protected]".
In GTA IV, [email protected] internet cafés can be used to browse the in-game websites from the start of the game. The Internet is formally introduced to the player in the mission Logging On where the player has to set up an Eyefind e-mail account. It costs $1 to use the computer. The stores can be robbed by simply opening the cash register and taking from $10 to $170, but doing so will usually result in a one star wanted level. But this can be avoided, if the player crouches behind the counter of the Snack Shop, out of sight and then opens the cash register, no one will notice and will act as if nothing has happened. In the introductory cutscene to the Logging On mission, Roman actually speaks the name of the establishment, confirming that it is indeed pronounced "twat".
The same outlet in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, circa 1998, under contruction.
- In Saints Row , there is a moving company called "[email protected]", also spelt with the "@" symbol.
- Because the [email protected] in GTA III has no actual entrance, the player has to smash one of its windows in order to get in.
- [email protected] in the GTA III rendition is filled with random pedestrians that will walk around aimlessly, bumping into the windows trying to get out.
- In The Ballad of Gay Tony as well as the Episodes From Liberty City version of The Lost and Damned, the computers have a new wallpaper: a dark background with a silhouette of the Liberty City skyline and the phrase "I ♥ LC". This may be a reference to the "I Love New York" logo, which the name of the mission "I Luv LC" also references.
- The GTA III rendition of [email protected] features two computer monitors, beside the staircase to the second floor, depicting screenshots of Grand Theft Auto 1 and Grand Theft Auto 2.
- At all [email protected] internet cafes in GTA IV, the photocopier behind the cashier's desk is a Kakagawa Power Ultra 3000 Pro. The screen of the photocopier also has an easter egg as the screen reads: ERROR Unleash ninja guru lol.
Interior of the [email protected] in GTA III.
A GTA III advertising of [email protected] in Torrington in GTA III.
[email protected] logo in GTA IV (as of 2008).