Category Archive: DMA History

Oct 25

GTA Begins!

It’s been 20 years since the release of the original Grand Theft Auto. Theoretically I’m currently writing a “complete” history of DMA Design, a task which gets trickier as the timeline progresses. More and more I wasn’t physically present, because how could I be in two buildings at once? But I wrote the internal newsletter …

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Mar 27

Check this picture

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CBDl_4_WEAAzdPU.jpg:large From this tweet: The things you find…. #Amiga source code to Menace. Has a label under it saying “Draconia source” #DMADesign pic.twitter.com/vCUYnTWkn7 Update: Brian Watson has identified his handwriting, and the disk is therefore the Atari ST source code for Menace! This makes sense, since “Draconia” was an early working title. Not as early …

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Mar 12

The GTA Making-of Drama

Just found out about this myself. Unclear at the moment whether it will skip over DMA Design entirely in favour of Rockstar. What I’ve been able to find out so far is that it is a 90 minute drama about the making of GTA which will air after the watershed. I’ll update this post with …

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Jul 25

The Spielberg of Gaming

A few years ago I, along with the usual suspects Mike, Dave and Russell, were interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland. You can find the interview here, although despite being on YouTube it’s audio only. At the time I wrote a blog post about it, of which I’ve placed an expanded and updated version below the …

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Nov 21

Grand Thieves and Tomb Raiders

There’s a new book out called Grand Thieves and Tomb Raiders and I’m guessing this is what I have to thank for the recent upswing in page views. Hello new readers! I’ve bought myself a copy and am pleased to see that I’m even mentioned in it. Mike Dailly over at DMA Design ORG claims …

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Sep 07

Everyone Knows it was Race ‘n’ Chase

The history of GTA has been somewhat more illuminated in recent years than previously. To this end it is now common knowledge that the original design doc called it Race ‘n’ Chase. It was only ever meant to be a temporary name, even when at the time DMA had a habit of keeping temporary names …

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Aug 22

Alas, Psygnosis

So, obviously I’ve heard of the closure of Psygnosis. Not that it has been called that in many years, in the same way that Rockstar North isn’t quite DMA Design. I don’t have many memories of that publisher down on the Liverpudlian waterfront, but DMA visited there regularly and I went along for a couple …

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Jun 21

Gun Artwork

Remember this image? It’s some of the artwork which was created for GTA 1. Well I was rummaging around looking for pics for a different post and found one of the source images. I don’t know who was holding it or who took the picture, but it was with the old (really old!) Kodak digital …

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Mar 27

Just the facts, Jacked

Discovery House - home of DMA Design

Shortly to go on general sale is Jacked! the “unauthorised” story of Grand Theft Auto by David Kushner. An extract was printed in Edge, covering some of the time at DMA Design. This led to a lively discussion amongst some of the ex-DMA people on Facebook. Since then, I’ve found a much more sizeable extract …

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