Gta3 wont open

i recently was given gta3 (via USB) from a friend. before playing i downloaded some skins for my character, after downloading the skins i wanted i deleted the 2 original character skins. i afterwards tried opening gta3, the screen went black for a while, then it lighted up and went back to my desktop.
can anyone please tell me why this is happening and what i can do to fix this? is it because i deleted the original character skins?

I know that GTA and GTA2 are available for free from Rockstar Games, but I’m not aware of an official free download for GTA3.

Until you provide some proof that the game has been released by the publisher to the public for free play, this thread is closed. Send me a private message with this proof.