Category Archive: Grand Theft Auto

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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Oct 06

Where Does the Time Go?

So it’s been over a year since the last post. Well it’s been a busy year, but possibly the most relevant part is that I’ve been helping CNN out with a documentary. It’s a series of short pieces about games history and one of them — of course — is about DMA Design. Specifically the …

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Aug 03

A Short Video History of DMA Design

Please find enclosed a short history of DMA Design, courtesy of Nostalgia Nerd who put together the video. And which I complained about for not crediting anybody for some of the content. And which I then got my ass handed to me because the list of credits is extensive*. Just not in the video itself. …

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Jul 11

First Shots from GTA Drama

Some images have surfaced from the production of the GTA docudrama. More information at Polygon and at Daniel Radcliffe Daily. Thanks to @patwodka: #Beard takeover… This time in French. #Barbe reprise? #DanielRadcliffe and @joedempsie pic.twitter.com/y6jAvplFqr — Proulxes (@Proulxes) May 15, 2015 Shooting was fun, Hey hey hoo hoo Rockstar game over. pic.twitter.com/Tk10oSpLZX — Rudo Mabuba …

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Jun 03

Bill Paxton Talks GTA Game Changer

Game Changer – the BBC’s docudrama about the legal conflict surrounding the GTA sequels – has finished the filming portion of development. Bill Paxton talks to the Wall Street Journal about his time filming, which took place in Cape Town. Bill Paxton talks GTA docudrama

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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Sep 16

Nailing Jelly to Kittens

In anticipation of the release of GTA V tomorrow, The Guardian has produced a video of the making of the very original GTA. This gathers together some of the people involved – including myself – and lets them talk about the trials of bringing the game to reality. The Making of Grand Theft Auto

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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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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